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Blurt out, to speak bluntly.
Bust, burst.

Buster, a roistering blade; used also as a general superlative.

Caird, carried.


Cairn, carrying.
Caleb, a turncoat.
Cal'late, calculate.

Cass, a person with two lives.
Close, clothes.

Cockerel, a young cock. Cocktail, a kind of drink; also, an ornament peculiar to soldiers.

Convention, a place where people are imposed on; a juggler's show.


Coons, a cant term for a now defunct party; derived, perhaps, from the fact of their being commonly up a tree. Cornwallis, a sort of muster in masquerade; supposed have had its origin soon after the Revolution, and to commemorate the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. It took the place of the old Guy Fawkes procession.

Crooked stick, a perverse, froward person.

Cunnle, a colonel.

Cus, a curse; also, a pitiful fellow.


Darsn't, used indiscriminately, either in singular or plural number, for dare not, dares not, and dared not.

Deacon off, to give the cue to; derived from a custom, once universal, but now extinct, in our New England Congregational churches. An important part of the office of deacon was to read aloud the hymns given out by the minister, one line at a time, the congregation singing each line as soon as read. Demmercrat, leadin', one in favor of extending slavery; a free-trade lecturer maintained in the custom-house.

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Snaked, crawled like a snake; but to snake any one out is to track him to his hidingplace; to snake a thing out is to snatch it out. Soffies, sofas.

Sogerin', soldiering; a barbarous amusement common among men in the savage state.

Som'ers, somewhere.
So'st, so as that.

Sot, set, obstinate, resolute.
Spiles, spoils; objects of political
Spry, active.

Staddles, stout stakes driven into the salt marshes, on which the hav-ricks are set, and thus raised out of the reach of high tides.

Streaked, uncomfortable, discomfited.

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Tu, to, too; commonly has this sound when used emphatically, or at the end of a sentence. At other times it has the sound of t in tough, as, Ware ye goin' tu? Goin ta Boston.


Ugly, ill-tempered, intractable. Uncle Sam, United States; the largest boaster of liberty and owner of slaves. Unrizzest, applied to dough or

bread; heavy, most unrisen, or most incapable of rising.


V-spot, a five-dollar bill. Vally, value.


Wake snakes, to get into trouble.
Wal, well; spoken with great
deliberation, and sometimes
with the a very much flat-
tened, sometimes (but more
seldom) very much broad-
Wannut, walnut, (hickory.)
Ware, where.

Ware, were.
Whopper, an uncommonly large

lie; as, that General Taylor
is in favor of the Wilmot

Wig, Whig; a party now dis-
Wunt, will not.
Wus, worse.
Wut, what.

Wuth, worth; as, Antislavery perfessions 'fore 'lection aint wuth a Bungtown copper. Wuz, was, sometimes were.

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