A Glossary of Provincial Words and Phrases in use in by Wadham Pigott Williams

By Wadham Pigott Williams

"It is now approximately six years in the past that the Committee of the Somersetshire Arch?ological Society requested me to assemble a thesaurus of the Dialect or archaic language of the County, and positioned into my palms a worthwhile choice of phrases by way of the past due Mr. Edward Norris, health professional, of South Petherton. i've got accomplished this activity to the simplest of my skill, with the sort co-operation of our past due very good Secretary, WM. ARTHUR JONES; and the result's earlier than the general public. We freely made use of Norris, Jennings, Halliwell, or the other collector of phrases that shall we locate, omitting mere peculiarities of pronunciation, and that i enterprise to pray it's going to turn out that we have got now not 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 in another country. "

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What? ) Nap s. a small rising, a hillock Na-poast s. gnaw-post, a fool. Narn, or Norn pron. neither, ex. a. to render nasty Nathely adv. nearly, as a baby is nathely pining away Naunt s. aunt Nawl s. navel; Nawl-cut a term used by butchers Neel, Neeld s. a needle (Shaks. Mid. N. Dr. iii. 2) Nesh, Naish adj. tender, delicate (A S hnesc) Nestle-tripe s. the poorest bird in the nest; weakest pig in the litter; puny child Never-the-near to no purpose Newelty s. n. to move hastily along in an awkward manner adj.

Spectacles Sprank v. to sprinkle with water. Spranker, Sprenker s. a watering-pot Spreathed adj. said of skin harsh and dry with cold, but not chapped Spried, Spreed adj. chapped with cold Spounce v. to spatter with water Spuddle v. to be uselessly or triflingly busy Spur v. to spread abroad or scatter, as manure over a field (Lat. spargere) Squail v. to throw a short stick at anything. Squailer s. the stick used in squirrel hunting Squails s. nine-pins Squap v. to sit down without any employment Squatch s.

The act of whittling a stick Skilly s. oatmeal porridge Skimps s. the scales and refuse of flax Skimmerton-riding s. the effigy of a man or woman unfaithful to marriage vows carried about on a pole accompanied by rough music from cows'-horns and frying-pans. Formerly it consisted of two persons riding on a horse back to back, with ladles and marrow-bones in hand, and was intended to ridicule a hen-pecked husband Skir v. skim, mow lightly, as thistles Skir-devil s. a black martin, swift Skirrings s.

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