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Coons, a cant term for a now
defunct party; derived, perAct'lly, actually.
haps, from the fact of their Air, are.
being commonly up a tree. Airth, earth.
Cornwallis, a sort of muster in Airy, area.
masquerarle ; supposed to Aree, area.
have had its origin soon after Arter, after.
the Revolution, and to commemorate the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. It took the
place of the old Guy Fawkes B.
Crooked stick, a perverse, froBeller, bellow.
ward person. Bellowses, lungs.
Cunnle, a colonel. Ben, been.
Cus, a' curse ; also, a pitiful Bile, boil.
fellow. Bimeby, by and by. Blurt out, to speak bluntly.
D. Bust, burst. Buster, a roistering blade ; used Darsn't, used indiscriminately, also as a general superlative. either in singular or plural
number, for dare not, dares
not, and dared not. C.
Deacon off, to give the cue to;
derived from a custom, once Caird, carried.
universal, but now extinct, Cairn, carrying.
in our New England ConCaleb, a turncoat.
gregational churches. An Cal'late, calculate.
important part of the office Cass, a person with two lives. of deacon was to read aloud Close, clothes.
the hymns given out by the Cockerel, a young cock.
minister, one line at a time, Cocktail, a kind of drink ; also, the congregation singing each
an ornament peculiar to sol- line as soon as read. diers.
Demmercrat, leadin', one in faConvention, a place where peo- vor of extending slavery; a
ple are imposed on; a jug- free-trade lecturer maintained gler's show
in the custom-house.
Grit, spirit, energy, pluck. Doos, does.
Grout, to sulk. Doughface, a contented lick- Grouty, crabbed, surly.
spittle ; a common variety of Gum, to impose on. Northern politician.
Gump, a foolish fellow, a dulDror, draw.
lard. Du, do.
Gut, got. Dunno, dno, do not or does not know.
Hellum, helm. Eend, end.
Hendy, handy. Ef, if
Het, heated. Emptins, yeast.
Hev, have. Envy, envoy.
Hez, has. Everlasting, an intensive, with- Holl, whole.
out reference to duration. Holt, hold. Ev'y, every.
Huf, hoof. Ez, as.
Humbug, General Taylor's
anti-slavery. Fence, on the ; said of one who | Hut, hurt.
halts between two opinions;
Insines. ensigns; used to de. Fish-skin, used in New England signate both the officer who to clarify coffee.
carries the standard, and the Fix, a difficulty, a nonplus. standard itself. Foller, folly, to follow.
Inter, intu, into.
cally, to draw a straight fur- Jest, just.
Jint, joint. Fust, first.
Junk, a fragment of any solid
Nimepunce, ninepence, twelve
Sarse, abuse, impertinence.
Saxon, sacristan, sexton.
Scringe, cringe. Offen, often.
Scrouge, to crowd. Ole, old.
Sech, such. Ollers, olluz, always.
Set by, valued. On, of; used before it or them, Shakes, great, of considerable
or at the end of a sentence, consequence. as, ont, on’em, nut ez ever Shappoes, chapeaux, cocked
hats. Only, only.
Skooting, running, or moring Peaked, pointed.
swiftly. Peek, to peep.
Slarterin?, slaughtering. Pickerel, the pike, a fish. Slim, contemptible.
I heerd on.
Snaked, crawled like a snake ; ! Tu, to, too; commonly has this
but to snake any one out is sound when used emphaticalto track him to his hiding- ly, or at the end of a senplace; to snake a thing out tence. At other times it has is to snatch it out.
the sound of t in tough, as, Soffies, sofas.
Ware ye goin' tu? Goin ta Sogerin', soldiering; a bar- Boston.
barous amusement common
Ugly, ill-tempered, intractable. Sot, set, obstinate, resolute. Uncle Sam, United States ; the Spiles, spoils ; objects of political largest boaster of liberty and ambition.
owner of slaves. Spry, active.
Unrizzest, applied to dough or Staddles, stout stakes driven bread; heary, most unrisen,
into the salt marshes, on or most incapable of rising. which the hav-ricks are set, and thus raised out of the reach of high tides.
V. Streaked, uncomfortable, discomited.
V-spot, a five-dollar bill. Suckle, circle.
Wake snakes, to get into trouble. Take on, to sorrow.
Wal, well; spoken with great Talents, talons.
deliberation, and sometimes Taters, potatoes.
with the a very much flatTell, till.
tened, sometimes (but more Tetch, touch.
seldom) very much broadTetch tu, to be able : used al- ened.
ways after a negative in this Wannut, walnut, (hickory.) sense.
Ware, where. Tollable, tolerable.
Ware, were. Toot, used derisively for playing Whopper, an uncommonly large on any wind instrument.
lie; as, that General Taylor Thru, through.
is in favor of the Wilmot Thundering, a euphemism com
Proviso. mon in New England, for the Wig, Whig; a party now disprofane English expression solved. devilish. Perhaps derived Wunt, will not. from the belief, common for- Wus, worse. merly, that thunder was Wut, what. caused by the Prince of the Wuth, worth ; as, Antislavery Air, for some of whose ac- perfessions 'fore 'lection aint complishments consult Cot- with a Bungtown copper. ton Mather.
Wuz, was, sometimes were.