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 palms a precious choice of phrases by way of the overdue Mr. Edward Norris, health professional, of South Petherton. i've got accomplished this activity to the easiest 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 shall we locate, omitting mere peculiarities of pronunciation, and that i enterprise to wish it is going to turn out that we've got no longer ignored a lot that's left of that attention-grabbing previous language, which these nice innovators, the Printing Press, the Railroad, and the Schoolmaster, are quickly riding in a foreign country. "
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A defect of vision rendering a person unable to look down Ur, Hur pron. he, she, or it Urn, Hurn v. to run (A S yrnan) Utchy pron. I (Ger. ich) V Vage, Vaze v. to move about or run in such a way as to agitate the air Valch v. to thrust with the elbow or fist Vang v. to take or catch, to receive as well as earn wages; ex. To vang a fire, to vang money; also to stand sponsor (A S fangen ) Vare s. weasel or stoat. Vair ermine Vare v. to bring forth young, applied to pigs (from farrow) Varmint s. a vermin Vaught part.
Pret. of the verb “to be” I war, he war, we war, &c. Wash-dish s. the wag-tail Wassail v. drinking success to the apple crop Way-zaltin s. a play in which two persons standing back to back interlace each others arms, and by bending forward alternately raise each other from the ground Weepy adj. moist, abounding in springs Welch-nut s. walnut (Ger. welsche-nuss) Well s. a running spring, a source (Ger. quelle, as distintinguished from a wenk or wink) Weng s. the front rack of the sull Wevet s. a spider's web Whippences s.
Bright, shining Sheer s. a sheath, ex. Scissis-sheer Shelving-stone s. a blue tile or slate for covering the roofs of houses Shod part. of v. to shed ex. No use crying for shod milk Showl s. a. to shroud or trim a tree Shrowd, Shride s. loppings of trees Shuckning adj. shuffling Shut v. to weld iron Shuttles, Shittles s. floodgates Sife, Sithe v. and s. to sigh Sig s. urine (Dutch v. zeycken) Silch, Sulch v. to soil, daub Silker s. a court card 'Sim t' I it seems to me Simlin s. a kind of fine cake intended for toasts Sin, Sine conj.
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