By Wadham Pigott Williams

ISBN-10: 1409911071

ISBN-13: 9781409911074

"It is now approximately six years in the past that the Committee of the Somersetshire Arch?ological Society requested me to collect a thesaurus of the Dialect or archaic language of the County, and positioned into my palms a useful number of phrases via the past due Mr. Edward Norris, physician, of South Petherton. i've got accomplished this activity to the simplest of my skill, with the sort co-operation of our overdue first-class Secretary, WM. ARTHUR JONES; and the result's prior to the general public. We freely made use of Norris, Jennings, Halliwell, or the other collector of phrases that lets locate, omitting mere peculiarities of pronunciation, and that i enterprise to wish it is going to turn out that we have got no longer ignored a lot that's left of that fascinating previous language, which these nice innovators, the Printing Press, the Railroad, and the Schoolmaster, are quickly using abroad. "

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Measles May-bug s. cockchafer Mawkin (maaking) an oven swab; scare-crow; a bundle of rags Mawn s. a basket (A S mand) Maze-house s. madhouse Mazy adj. mad, ex. I be mooast maazed; a mazy ould vool Mear, Mear-stone boundary (A S meare) Meat-weer adj. applied to land capable of producing food that is good, fit to eat; applied to peas, beans, &c. Meg s. the mark at which boys play pitch and toss Meg's, or Maggotts Diversions s. rattling or wanton fun Meg-with-the-wad s. will o' the wisp Melander s.

The uprights in hurdles Yal, Yalhouse, Yarm, Yel, &c. s. ale, alehouse, arm, eel, &c. Yap v. to yelp like a cur Yappingale, Yaffler, Yuckle s. woodpecker Yeass s. an earthworm pl. yeasses Yeo s. main drain of a level Yeth s. hearth. Yeth-stone hearth-stone Yoak s. the grease in wool Yoaky adj. greasy, applied to wool as it comes from the sheep Yokes s. hiccups Yourn yours Yow v. a. to heat for some time over a fire, but not to boil Zam-sod, Zam-sodden half baked Zand-tot s. sand hill Zate adj. soft Zatenfare s.

To slide Sliver s. a thin slice Slock v. to encourage the servants of other people to pilfer Slooen adj. of sloe, ex. A slooen tree Slop adj. n. to decay, rot, as pears and potatoes Srnitch, Smit, Smeech s. smut, or fine dust Snag s. a tooth standing alone; a small sloe Snag-blowth s. the blossom of the black-thorn Snake-leaves s. ferns Snap-jack s. stitch-wort (stellaria holostea) Snare s. the gut or string stretched tightly across the lower head of a drum Snell, or Snull s. a short thick stick about 4 inches long, called a “cat,” used in the game called cat and dog Sneyd s.

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