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e, area. Arter, after. Ax, ask.
as a general superlative.
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 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
line as soon as read. Demmercrat, leadin', one in favour of
extending slavery; a free-trade lec
turer maintained in the custom-house. Desput, desperate. Doos, does. Doughface, a contented lickspittle ; a
common variety of Northern politi.
cian. Dror, draw. Du, do. Dunno, dno, do not or does not know. Dut, dirt.
ornament peculiar to soldiers. Convention, a place where people are
imposed on; 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 stick, a perverse, froward
person. Cunnle, a colonel. Cus, a curse; also, a pitiful fellow,
ference to duration.
Fence, on the ; said of one who halts
between two opinions; a trimmer. Fer,
for. Ferne, ferful, fearful; also an inten.
sive. Fin', find. Fish-skin, used in New England to
clarify coffee. Fix, a difficulty, a nonplus. Foller, folly, to follow,
Nimepunce, nirepence, twelve and a
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. On'y, only. Ossifer, officer (seldom heard). Peaked, pointed. Peek, to peep. Pickurel, the pike, a fish. Pint, point. Pocket full of rocks, plenty of money. Pooty, pretty. Pop'ler, conceited, popular. Pus, purse. Put out, troubled, vexed. Quarter, a quarter-dollar, Queen's arm, a musket. Resh, rush. Revelee, the réveille. Rile, to trouble. Riled, angry; disturbed, as the sedi.
ment in any liquid. Riz, risen. Row, a long row to hoe, a difficult
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 com.
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
enake any one out is to track him to his hiding-place; to snalce a ting
out is to snatch it out. Sofies, 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 ; 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
salt 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. Tn, 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 ia tough, as, TV are yu goin' tu! Goin' ta Boston
Wake snakes, to get into trouble.
ration, and sometimes with the a
broadened. Waunut, 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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