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 word list of the Dialect or archaic language of the County, and placed into my palms a invaluable choice of phrases through the past due Mr. Edward Norris, health professional, of South Petherton. i've got accomplished this activity to the easiest of my skill, with the type 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 lets locate, omitting mere peculiarities of pronunciation, and that i enterprise to wish it is going to turn out that we have got now not ignored a lot that's left of that fascinating outdated language, which these nice innovators, the Printing Press, the Railroad, and the Schoolmaster, are quick using in a foreign country. "
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To scratch Rare adj. raw, or red, as meat Rasty, Rusty adj. rancid, gross, obscene Ratch v. to stretch Rathe, Rather early, soon Milton: “the rathe primrose” Rathe-ripe s. an early kind of apple; also a male or female that arrives at full maturity before the usual age Raught part. and past tense reached, ex. a. to devour greedily Rawning-knife s. the large knife with which butchers clear their meat; cleaver Rawny adj. a. to dress. Unray to undress Read, Reed v. to strip the fat from the intestines Readship, or Retchup, Rechip, Rightship s.
Ant. and Cleop. i. 5) Rere-Mouse s. a bat (A S hrere-mus) Revel-twine s. same as Hevel-twine Revesse s. the burden of a song, from vessey, v. 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.
Thou medst if wouldst Midgerim s. mesentery Mid'n might not, ex. I mid or I mid'n Mig in the same sense Milemas s. Michaelmas Mind v. to remember Misky form of misty Miz-maze s. confusion Mog v. to decamp, march off Mooch v. to stroke down gently Mood s. the mother of vinegar Mole s. higher part of the back of the neck Mommacks s. pl. fragments, scraps Mommick, Mommet s. a scarecrow (Wiclif's N. : “a sacrifice to the mawmet” Act vii. 41) Moocher, Mooching, Meecher s. one who skulks; absents himself from school Moor-coot s.
A Glossary of Provincial Words and Phrases in use in Somersetshire by Wadham Pigott Williams