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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 Deave deet derived dirty Diversions of Purley England English language etymology expression Farantly Flemish frumenti Gervase Markham Glossarium Gloucester's Chronicle hair Halma haps head Hearne's Glossary hedge horse Islandic itch Jamieson Johnson Junius Kibbo Kift Kilian labour Lancashire language 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 piece Piers Plouhman plural praesepe pron pronounced pronunciation 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 106 - 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 93 - 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 101 - 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 105 - 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 14 - Upright ; not lying down ; on one end. When applied to a four-footed animal, it means rearing, or what the heralds call rampant.
Page 75 - SKREEN, s. 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 loseth their cocke if no water be seen.
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 flashes now a Phoenix.
Page 37 - Farantly and mannerly have much the same meaning, except that to the latter is attached rather more elegance than to the former. FARE, v. to go. To fare road is to trace the footsteps of a hare along the road. The fare of a hare is her trace.
Page 4 - Provincial words, accompanied 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 68 - Ff. ii. 38, f. 73. (2) To touch, or feel. North. (3) The skin of a person. Line. RINER. A toucher. It is used at the game of quoits. A riner is when the quoit touches the peg or mark. A whaver is when it rests upon the peg and hangs over, and consequently wins the cast. " To shed riners with a whaver" is a proverbial expression in Ray, and means, to surpass anything skilful or adroit by something still more so.