What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
A.S. word abbreviation Acad Anglo-Saxon Anglo-Saxon language Ash calls Bailey Balk Bawm beat Belgice birds Brord calls it obsolete Chaucer Cheshire Cheshire Dialect Cheshire word chiefly colloquial common corn Danish deet derived Diet dirty Diversions of Purley England English language etymology expression Farantly Flemish frumenti Glossarium Gloucester's Chronicle hair Halma haps head Hearne's Glossary hedge horse Islandic itch Jamieson Johnson Junius Kibbo Kift Kilian labour Lancashire language lapwing means milk Mulligrubs Norfolk northern counties oats old English old French old French language old word participle Peewit perf perfect tense perhaps a corruption person Piers Plouhman plural praesepe pron pronounced pronunciation Provincial Purley rain Randle Holme ripe says Scotch seems sense Skinner Somner Songal Southernwood substantive Suio-Gothic suppose Tack term Teut Teutonic Teutonice That'n thing This'n Thrippow tion Todd translation Tusser Vulgaria Whap Wicliffe
Page 112 - ON, to excite to anger or violence, is still used in Cheshire. It is a good old word, used by WiclifFe in his Path Waye to Perfect Knowledg; and also in a MS. translation of the Psalms by Wicliffe, penes me : " They have terrid thee to ire.
Page 97 - CANKER'D, adj. ill-tempered. CARLINGS, s. gray peas boiled ; so called from being served at table on Care Sunday, which is Passion Sunday, as Care Friday and Care Week are Good Friday and Holy Week ; supposed to be so called from that being a season of particular religious care and anxiety. See Brand's Popular Antiquities, 4to, vol. ip 93 : also Ihre, Dictionarium Suio-Gothicum in voce
Page 4 - Provincial words, occompanied by an explanation of the sense in which each of them still continues to be used in the districts to which they belong, would be of essential service in explaining many obscure terms in our early poets, the true meaning of which, although it may have puzzled and bewildered the most acute and learned of our commentators, would perhaps be perfectly intelligible to a Devonshire, Norfolk, or Cheshire clown.
Page 111 - Animas— the Souls. A man, bearing a large lantern with a painted glass, representing two naked persons enveloped in flames, entered the court, addressing every one of the company in these words : — The Holy Souls, Brother! Remember the Holy Souls. Few refused the petitioner a copper coin, worth about the eighth part of a penny. This custom is universal in Spain.
Page 66 - ... prove pregnant, spoken of cattle. PUN, v. to pound or beat down. It is a good old word. PUNGER, v. to puzzle or confound. A farmer in distress said, " I am so pungered, I know not which eaver to turn to." To punge in Scotch, signifies to prick or sting, mentally speaking. See Jamieson. Q. QUARRY, s. a square pane of glass set with the point upright. Acad. of Arm. b. 3, ch. 9, p. 385. QUERKE, s. a nook-shoten pane of glass, or any pane whose sides and top run out of a square form.
Page 84 - I apprehend it would not be proper to say This'n man or This'n horse, or even That'n man or That'n horse, using it only adjectively ; but when used as a substantive, a That'n or a This'n (the word manner being understood), it is in common use. In Norfolk a-this-ne, a-thal-ne, are commonly used for in this manner, in that manner.
Page 105 - The following metrical adage is common in Cheshire : The Robin and the Wren Are God's cock and hen, The Martin and the Swallow Are God's mate and marrow.
Page 44 - GUILL, v. to dazzle, chiefly by a blow. GULL, s. A naked gull ; so are called all nestling birds in quite an unfledged state. They have always a yellowish cast, and the word is, I believe, derived from the Ang. Sax. geole, or the Suio-Goth. gul, yellow. Som. and Ihre. The commentators, not aware of the meaning of the term " naked gull," blunder in their attempt to explain those lines of Shakspeare in Timon of Athens, " Lord Timon will be left a naked Gull, Which Bashes now a Phoenix.
Page 77 - A wooden settee or settle, with a very high back sufficient to screen those who sit on it from the external air, was with our ancestors a constant piece of furniture by all kitchen fires, and is still to be seen in the kitchens of many of our old farm-houses in Cheshire. So in Tusser's Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, we read, " If ploughman get hatchet or whip to the Skreene, Maids losclh their cocke if no water be seen.