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 collect a word list of the Dialect or archaic language of the County, and positioned into my fingers a important number of phrases through the past due Mr. Edward Norris, doctor, of South Petherton. i've got accomplished this job to the easiest of my skill, with the type 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 pray it's going to end up that we've got now not missed a lot that's left of that attention-grabbing previous language, which these nice innovators, the Printing Press, the Railroad, and the Schoolmaster, are speedy riding in a foreign country. "

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Fitly, featly, properly applied s. a whim or pretence Vleer s. flea Vlother s. incoherent talk, nonsense Voccating adj. going about chattering in an idle manner Vore-right adj. blunt, rude, impertinent Voss, Voth s. a side furrow Vouce adj. strong, nervous Vug v. to strike with the elbow s. a blow with the elbow Vyer s. the fair, ex. Guaine to vyer? W W an initial W is often pronounced as in Welsh oo, ex. Walter, oolter; witness, ootness; Wells, ools Wallet s. n. to move in an awkward manner, applied chiefly to machinery Want, Wont s.

Coin) Quirk, Quirky v. to complain, to groan, grunt Quat, or Aquat adj. n. to squat (It. quatto) Qwerk s. the clock of a stocking R Rade, or Rede s. part of the tripe or stomach of a bullock, the maw Raening adj. thin, applied to cloth Raft-up v. to disturb from sleep Rain-pie s. n. to rouse up Rally v. to scold Ram v. to lose, by throwing a thing beyond reach Rammel adj. (raw milk), applied to cheese made of unskimmed milk Rams-claws s. p. crow's foot Rampsing adj. tall Range s. a sieve Rangle v.

Tall Range s. a sieve Rangle v. to twine, move in a sinuous manner Rangling Plants s. such as entwine round other plants, as hops, woodbine Rap v. to exchange Rape v. to scratch Rare adj. raw, or red, as meat Rasty, Rusty adj. rancid, gross, obscene Ratch v. to stretch Rathe, Rather early, soon Milton: “the rathe primrose” Rathe-ripe s. an early kind of apple; also a male or female that arrives at full maturity before the usual age Raught part. and past tense reached, ex. a. to devour greedily Rawning-knife s.

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