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 collect a thesaurus of the Dialect or archaic language of the County, and positioned into my arms a worthwhile choice of phrases by way of the overdue Mr. Edward Norris, healthcare professional, of South Petherton. i've got accomplished this job to the easiest of my skill, with the sort co-operation of our past due 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 shall we locate, omitting mere peculiarities of pronunciation, and that i enterprise to pray it's going to turn out that we have got no longer ignored a lot that's left of that fascinating outdated language, which these nice innovators, the Printing Press, the Railroad, and the Schoolmaster, are speedy riding overseas.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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To make verses Rew s. row v. to put grass in rows Rexen s. p. rushes (A S rixe) Rip v. to rate or chide Riscous applied to bread imperfectly baked Robin-riddick, or Ruddock s. redbreast Roddicks, Roddocks s. ex. n. to go out to shoot wild fowl which pass over head on the wing early at night or in the morning; also applied to the passage of the birds themselves, ex. The woodcocks' rode Roe-briar s. the large dog-rose briar Roller, Rawler, Brawler s. a bundle of reed, ex. As weak as a rawler Rompstal s.
To tread in mire Payze, 'Pryze v. to upraise with a lever (Fr. peser) Peart adj. brisk Pease v. to run out in globules Peasen s. pl. of pea adj. made of peas, ex. Peasen-pudding Peazer s. a lever Peek, Peeky, Peekid adj. pinched in face by indisposition Peel s. a pillow Pen, Penning, Pine, Cow-pine s. an enclosed place in which cattle are fed Pen s. a spigot Pick, Peckis s. pick-axe Pick, Peek s. hay-fork Pigs s. pixies, fairies, as in the common saying, “Please God and the pigs” Pig's-hales s.
A pane of glass Quat adj. full, satisfied Queane s. a little girl, a term of endearment Queest, Quisty s. a wood-pigeon or blue-rock. A quarish queest s. a queer fellow Quilled, or Queeled adj. withered, as grass Quine s. a corner (Fr. coin) Quirk, Quirky v. to complain, to groan, grunt Quat, or Aquat adj. n. to squat (It. quatto) Qwerk s. the clock of a stocking R Rade, or Rede s. part of the tripe or stomach of a bullock, the maw Raening adj. thin, applied to cloth Raft-up v. to disturb from sleep Rain-pie s.