Word-book of Virginia Folk-speech

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Wm. Ellis Jones' sons, Incorporated, 1912 - Americanisms - 530 pages
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A Great book for learning Virginia accents and was used by Robert Duvall in Gods And Generals to study as he played his ancestor Robert E. Lee.

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Page 120 - A seal belonging to the custom-house, or rather a scroll of parchment, sealed and delivered by the officers of the custom-house to merchants, as a warrant that their merchandises are entered; likewise a sort of measure.
Page 28 - There is an old school rhyme — " God made man, man made money ; God made bees, bees made honey ; God made the devil, the devil made sin; God made a hole to put the devil in." An old farmer in Furness, whose worldly goods had been subjected to the tender mercies of the law, is said to have added to this the following couplet : — " But the devil hissel made lawyers and 'turnies, And placed 'em at U'ston and Dawton in Furness ;
Page 28 - One for the blackbird, One for the crow, One for the cutworm And two to grow.
Page 291 - A boys' game in which each player in turn throws a knife from a series of positions, continuing until he fails to make the blade stick in the ground. The last player to complete the series is compelled to draw out of the ground with his teeth a peg which the others have driven in with a certain number of blows with the handle of the knife.
Page 48 - ... the number of Burgesses to be sent by each neighbourhood, or plantation, as the settlements were called, or by shires after they were formed, was indefinite. The first Assembly, whose records have been preserved, was held in 1624. Ten years afterwards, by act of Assembly, the country was divided into eight shires — "which are to be governed as the shires in England. The names of the shires are, James City, Henrico, Charles City, Elizabeth City, Warwick River, Warrosquyoake, Charles River, Accawmack....
Page 255 - LANDING-PLACE, land'-ing-plase,JB' the shore of the sea or of a lake, or on the bank of a river, where persons land or come on shore, or where goods are set on shore. — In architecture, the part of a staircase which is level, without steps, connecting one flight with another. LANDING-WAITER, land
Page 388 - It is cast, not beaten metal, a semi-globe in form, hiving three short straight legs of about three inches in length, cast on its bottom. The handle is tapering, but flat and quite straight, of greater length than that of common saucepans. It is cast in the same piece as the vessel, and in a line with the diameter. The skillet is only suitable to be used with a wood fire on the hearth.
Page 364 - Within the last twenty years saloop vendors might have been seen plying their trade in the streets of London. The term saloop was also applied to an infusion of the sassafras bark or wood. In Pereira's ' Materia Medica,' published in 1850, it is stated that "sassafras tea, flavoured with milk and sugar, is sold at daybreak in the streets of London under the name of saloop.
Page 429 - . A long pole fixed at the top of a post as a pivot, by which water is drawn from a well, or coals from a pit. Var. d. SWEAK, (1) . To squeak. (2) s. A crane for the fire. Leic. SWEAL, (1) . To melt.
Page 87 - BLINKARD, BLENKARD, a person near sighted or almost blind. BLIRT, BLURT, to cry, to make a sudden indistinct or unpleasant noise. <' What's thou blirtin

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