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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
extinct, in our New England Congregational churches. An im. portant 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
as a general superlative.
line as soon as read.
turer maintained in the custom-house.
common variety of Northern politi.
ornament peculiar to soldiers. Convention, a place where people are
imposed on; 2 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 mas
querade; supposed to 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 pro
cession. Crooked suick, a perverse, froward
ference to duration.
Fence, on the ; said of one who halts
between two opinions ; a trimmer, Fer,
for Ferfle, ferful, fearful; also an inten.
half cents. Nowers, nowhere. Offen, often. Ole, old. Ollers, olluz, always. On, of; used before it or them, or at the end of a sentence, as, on't,
on'em, nut ez ever I heerd on.
Quarter, a quarter-dollar.
ment in any liquid. Riz, risen. Row, a long row to hoe, a dificult
task. Rugged, robust. Sarse, abuse, impertinence. Sartin, certain. Saxon, sacristan, sexton. Scaliest, worst. Scringe, cringe. Scrouge, to crowd. Sech, such. Set by, valued. Shakes, great, of considerable con.
sequence. Shappoes, chapeaux, cocked-hats. Sheer, share. Shet, shut. Shut, shirt. Skeered, scared. Skeeter, mosquito. Skooting, running, or mocing swiftly. Slarterin', slaughtering. Slim, contemptible. Snaked, crawled like a snake; but to
snake any one out is to track him to his hiding.place; to snace a ting
out is to snatch it out, Softies, sofas.
Ugly, ill-tempered, intractable.
boaster of liberty and owner of
slaves. Unrizzest, applied to dough or bread;
heavy, most unrisen, or most, incapable of rising.
Sogerin', soldiering ; a barbarous
amusement common among men in
the savage state. Som'ers, somewhere. Bo'st, 80 as that. Sot, set, obstinate, resolute. Spiles, spoils ; objects of political am
bition. Spry, active. Staddles, stout stakes driven into the
satt marshes, on which the hay-ricks are set, and thus raised out of the
reach of high tides. Streaked, uncomfortable, discomforted. Suckle, circle. Sutthin', something. Suttin, certain.
V-spot, a fire-dollar bill. Vally, value.
Take on, to sorrow,
a negative in this sense. Tollable, tolerable. Toot, used derisively for playing on
any wind instrument. Thru, through. Thundering, a euphemism common in New England, for the profane English expression devilish. Perhaps derived from the belief, common formerly, that thunder was caused by the Prince of the air, for some of whose accomplishments
consult Cotton Mather. 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 yu goin' tu! Goin' ta Boston
Wake snakes, to get into trouble.
ration, and sometimes with the a very much flattened, sometimes (but more seldom) very much broadened. Wannut, walnut (hickory). Ware, where. Ware, were. Whopper, an uncommonly large lie ;
as, that General Taylor is in favour
of the Wilmot Proviso. Wig, Whig; a party now dissolved. Wunt, will not. Wus, worse. Wut, what. Wuth, worth; as, Antislavery perfes.
sions 'fore 'lection aint wuth a Bung.
Zach, Ole, a second Washington, an
antislavery slaveholder, a" humane buyer and seller of men and womex Christian hero generally.
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