The Vocabulary of East Anglia: An Attempt to Record the Vulgar Tongue of the Twin Sister Counties, Norfolk and Suffolk, as it Existed in the Last Twenty Years of the Eighteenth Century, and Still Exists; with Proof of Its Antiquity from Etymology and Authority ...

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J.B. Nichols and Son, 1830 - East Anglia (England)
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Page 426 - in most farm-houses, that any servant, who could bring in a branch of hawthorn in full blossom on the first of May, was entitled to a dish of cream for breakfast. This custom is now disused, not so much from the reluctance of the masters to give the reward, as from the inability of the servants to find the white-thorn in flower.
Page 280 - s. a sudden and local motion of the air, no otherwise perceptible but by its whirling up the dust on a dry road in perfectly calm weather, somewhat in the manner of a water-spout. It is reckoned a sign of approaching rain.
Page 330 - To strip a cow, is to milk her very clean, so as to leave no milk in the dug. In the dairy districts of Suffolk the greatest importance is attached to stripping the cows, as neglect of this infallibly produces disease. It is the same as the Norfolk strocking.
Page 290 - to dress and trim a fen-bank, in order to prepare it the better to resist an apprehended overflow. All loose materials within reach are raked together; and such additions as are to be had are procured, and so applied, as to heighten and strengthen the upper part on the side next to the flood. SCRANCH, SCRANGE,
Page 407 - parish church at midnight, on the 25th of April. Infants, and young children, not yet able to walk, are said to roll in on the pavement. Those who are to die remain there ; but those who are to recover return, after a longer or shorter time, in proportion to the continuance of their future sickness.
Page 357 - 1. A piece of leather, worn on the right hand side of the petticoat, by spinners with the rock, on which the spindle plays, and the yarn is pressed by the hand of the spinner. 2. The skinny part of roasted meat which before the whole can be dressed, becomes tough and dry, like a trip overkept, or the leather used by
Page 400 - before breakfast, as the ceremony must be performed fasting. The bible is laid on the table unopened; and the parties who wish to consult it are then to open it in succession. They are not at liberty to choose any particular part of the book, but must open it at random,
Page 373 - (for they are so called) are two active men very lightly equipped (milites expediti), bearing swords of lath or latten, which they keep in perpetual motion, whiffing the air on either side, and now and then giving an unlucky boy a slap on the shoulders or posteriors with the flat side of their weapons. This may sufficiently account for the name
Page 232 - A rustic game; or, indeed, more than one. In one of them, nine round holes are made in the ground, and a ball aimed at them from a certain distance. This is supposed in ng to be the modern form (whether subject to the same rules

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