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 assemble a thesaurus of the Dialect or archaic language of the County, and positioned into my fingers a worthwhile selection of phrases via the overdue Mr. Edward Norris, health professional, of South Petherton. i've got accomplished this job to the easiest of my skill, with the type co-operation of our overdue first-class Secretary, WM. ARTHUR JONES; and the result's sooner than the general public. We freely made use of Norris, Jennings, Halliwell, or the other collector of phrases that lets locate, omitting mere peculiarities of pronunciation, and that i enterprise to pray it's going to end up that we have got no longer ignored a lot that's left of that fascinating outdated language, which these nice innovators, the Printing Press, the Railroad, and the Schoolmaster, are speedy riding overseas. "
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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. bodkins or swingle-bars of a plough Whipper-snapper s.
Planchant adj. a wood floor (Fr. planche ) Plazen s. pl. n. to swell, to increase in bulk, as soaked peas or rice Plough s. a team of horses; also a waggon and horses, or a waggon and oxen Plough-path s. bridle-path Plud s. the swamp surface of a wet ploughed field Pock-fretten, Pock-fredden adj. marked with small-pox Pog v. to push, to thrust with a fist Pomice, Pummice, Pummy, or Pumy-Squat s. apples pounded for making cider (Fr. pomme) Pomple adj. responsible, trustworthy Pompster, or Pounster v.
To sit down without any employment Squatch s. a chink or narrow clift Squelstring adj. sultry Squinny v. ” (Shak. King Lear) Squittee v. to squirt Squoace, or Squss v. to truck or exchange Staddle s. foundation of a rick of hay or corn, a mark left by a haycock, or anything allowed to remain too long in one place Stag s. a castrated bull Stagnated adj. astonished Stang s. a long pole Stap v. for to stop Stare-basin, Glow-basin s. glow-worm Stean v. to stone a road. Steaned part. s. a large stone pitcher (Dutch steen) “Upon an huge great earthpot stean he stood” (Spenser, Faery Queene) Steanin s.