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 placed into my palms a important selection of phrases through the past due Mr. Edward Norris, physician, of South Petherton. i've got accomplished this job 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 prior to 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that i enterprise to wish it's going to turn out that we've got no longer ignored a lot that's left of that fascinating outdated language, which these nice innovators, the Printing Press, the Railroad, and the Schoolmaster, are quick riding abroad. "
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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. The woodcocks' rode Roe-briar s.
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. a stone-pitched ford Steeve v. to dry, to stiffen (Dutch styven) Stickle s. shallow rapids in a stream. Steep adj. steep as a hill Stitch s. a shock of corn, ten sheaves Stive v. to keep close and warm Stiver s. a bristling of the hair Stocky adj. short, stumpy Stodge s.
To twine, move in a sinuous manner Rangling Plants s. such as entwine round other plants, as hops, woodbine Rap v. to exchange Rape v. 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.