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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 word list of the Dialect or archaic language of the County, and positioned into my fingers a priceless selection of phrases by way of the past due Mr. Edward Norris, healthcare 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 shall we locate, omitting mere peculiarities of pronunciation, and that i enterprise to pray it is going to turn out that we've got now not neglected a lot that's left of that fascinating outdated language, which these nice innovators, the Printing Press, the Railroad, and the Schoolmaster, are quickly using abroad. "

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A. to meddle, touch; ex. , I will not touch it Mesh s. moss; lichen on apple-trees Mesh s. a hare's creep or run v. to run through the same Mess, Messy v. to serve cattle with hay s. Messin Mid, Med v. might, ex. Nor zed a mid; midst, medst, 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.

To move in an awkward manner, applied chiefly to machinery Want, Wont s. a mole Want-wriggle s. mole-track War v. pret. of the verb “to be” I war, he war, we war, &c. Wash-dish s. 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.

P. the refuse wool after combing (Fr. peigner ) Pink-twink s. chaffinch Pinswheal, Pinswil, Pensil s. a boil with a black head Pirl, Pirdle v. to spin as a top Pix, Pex, or Pixy v. to pick up fruit, as apples or walnuts, after the main crop is taken in Pixy s. a fairy Pixy-stool s. toad-stool Planch 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.

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