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Tuesday 12th December 2017

Old Dorset Dialect

The Dorset dialect is the dialect spoken in Dorset, a county in the West Country of England. Although it fell somewhat into disuse throughout the earlier part of the 20th century there are still many native Dorset folk that can render it well.

A'r'n
A contraction of "E'er a one"

A's'n
Ask him

A-cothed
Disease

A-drawen
Drawing

A-feard
Afraid

A-lassen
Lest

A-stogged
Having one's feet stuck in either clay or dirt

A-stooded
Stuck fast

A-strout
Stretched out

A-vrightened
Frightened

A-vroze
Frozen

A-zet
Set or planted

A-zew
Dry of milk

Agean
Against

Aggy
The act of collecting eggs

Ailen
Illness, ailing (verb or noun)

Alik'
Like

All's
All this

Aller
The alder tree

Amper
Pustules

Anby
At a near time, by and by

Anewst, or Aniste
At nearest

Anigh
Near, close by

Ankly
The ankle

Annan
An interjectional exclamation

Any-when
At any time

Archet
Orchard

Ash candles
The seed vessels of the ash tree

Asker
Smooth Newt, Lissotriton vulgaris

At
To play at, to have at

Athirt
Across

Avore
Before

Awaked
Awake

Ax
To ask

Axen
Ashes

Ayer
Air

Back along
Time past

Back'ards
Backwards

Backhouse
Outhouse

Backside
backyard or rear of property

Bad
Synonym for ill

Bade
Bed

Ballyrag
To scold

Bandy
A stick used for beating dung out of the way, usually long and sturdy with a bent end

Bandylags
Crooked / bowed legs

Bankrout
Bankrupt

Bareridge
To ride bareback without a saddle

Bargen
A small farm or homestead

Barken
Barley

Barnaby bright
Said of Barnabas-day, about the mid-summer solstice

Barred
Borrowed

Barry
Borrow

Barton
Cattle-yard

Batch
Hillock

Battenbuoard
A tool for tamping thatch on a roof

Baub
Bulb

Baven
A faggot of untrimmed branches

Beas'
Beast, usually refers to cattle

Beatplough
A tool used for cutting turf

Becall
To deride

Bedwine
Plant: Traveller's Joy, Clematis vitalba

Bee-pot
Beehive

Beens
Because, possible contraction of 'being as'

Beknown
Known about

Bennits
The bent tips of grasses and similar

Best
Excel, get the better of

Bibber
Shiver with cold

Biddle
Beetle

Bide
Dwell

Bile
Boil

Bin
Been

Bird-kippy
To keep birds from the corn

Bisom
Besom

Bissen
Be not

Bist
Be you

Bit-an'-crimp
Every last scrap of something

Bit-an'-drap
A bite to eat and a drink

Bithywin
Bindweed, Convolvulus

Bittle
Hammer, also another name for a Beetle

Blatch
Black or sooty

Blather
An uproar

Bleare
Blare, low as a cow

Blooth
Blossom

Botherems
Plant: Corn marigold, Chrysanthemum segetum

Bottom
Steadfast

Brack
Breach

Braed
Bread

Breadf
Breath

Brembles
Plant: Blackberry, Bramble, Rubus eubatus

Brick
Break

Bridport dagger
Hangman's noose

Brinton
Bold, audacious

Brockle
Broken

Broff
Broth

Broush
Brushwood, small branches of twigs or tree

Bruckly
Brittle

Budget
A leather pouch for a whetstone

Builded
Built

Bumbye
By-and-b

Burry
Bury

Butter an' eggs
Plant: Yellow toadflax, Linaria vulgaris

Butter deasy
Plant: White ox-eye, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

Bwoats
Boats / Boots

Bwoth
Both

Bwoy
Boy

Ca's
Canst

Caddie
An uproar or carry-on

Caddle
Muddle

Cag-mag
Bad flesh meat

Call hwome
Call banns in church

Capple Cow
Cow with white muzzle

Car
Carry or move: to car hay is to stack hay

Carse
Course

Cassen
Can'st not, can't

Cazelty weather
Extremely bad weather

Ceaf
The husks of corn or other seed separated by threshing

Chammer
Bed Chamber

Charlick
Plant: Field mustard, Sinapis arvensis

Chaw
Chew

Cheese-eater
Tom-tit so call for it's cry

Cheese-late
A floor for drying cheese

Childag
Chilblain

Chimley
Chimney

Chock-dog
An epithet bestowed on hard Dorset cheese

Chop
Sell, barter or exchange

Chump
A log of wood

Clavy
Mantelpiece

Clinker
Icicle

Clote / Blobs
Plant: Yellow water lily, Nuphar lutea

Cockle
Tangle

Cockles
Plant: Burdock, Arctium lappa

Colepexies fingers
Fossil belemnites

Colepexy
To glean the few apples left on the tree after intaking. A fairy or orchard guardian usually in a form of a horse

Coltsvoot
Plant: Coltsfoot, Tusssilago farfara

Copsy
To cut tufts and thistles in field

Couching
To pick couch

Cowlease
An uncut field, meadow

Cows an' ca'ves
Plant: Wild arum, Arum maculatum

Cradlehood
Early stages of childhood, infancy, still in the cradle

Cricket
A low stool or chair for a child

Crip off
Pich the stalk of a flower

Criss-cross-lain
Christ-cross-line. The alphabet was formerly so called

Critch
A bulging pitcher or big pan

Crock
A bulging iron pot

Crousty
Grumpy, in a bad mood

Crowd
An apple-pie, apple cake. A fiddle

Crowshell
Fresh water mussel shell

Cruds
Curds

Crump up
Ben or fold up, as if for warmth

Cue
The shoe of an ox

Cunnen Man
A cunning man, a conjuror, witch

Curdles
Hair curls

Dabster
Someone who is skilled in something, an expert

Dadder, dather, dudder
To confuse or bewilder

Daffidown-dilly
Plant: Daffodil, Narcissus pseudonarcissus

Dag
Chilldag, Chilblain

Dall it!
Confound it!

Dander
Vex, anger

De-das
Simple

Deaisy
Plant: Bellis perennis

Devil's guts
Plant: Old man's beard, Clematis vitalba

Devil's toenail
Fossil Gryphaea

Dewbit
A bite to eat taken first thing in the morning before breakfast

Disfugure
Disfigure

Dolk-spitter
A tool for pulling or cutting up docks

Dor
Dull, foolish

Doughbiaked, Doughbeaked
Feeble-minded, Half wit

Dout
Put out a flame or fire, to extinguish

Downdashious
Audacious

Drabble-tail
Having one's gown-tail dirty

Drashel
The strip of wood or concrete at the bottom of a doorway, the threshold

Drawlatcheten
Idle, lazy

Drinky
Having consumed too much alcohol, inebriated

Drong
Squeeze or compress

Drongway
A narrow passage or alley; Most commonly a narrow footpath between two fenced fields

Drub
Throb or beat

Duch-pudden
Hard or plain pudding of only flour or water without plums or suet

Duck, Duckish
Dark, gloomy

Duddles
In the dods or dumps

Dumbledore
Bumble Bee, Bombus terrestris

Dummer
Dusk

Dumpy/Dubby topped
As a knife with roubded or blunt top

Dunchnettle
Plant: Deadnettle, Lamium

Dunducky
Of dim or dull hue, colourless

Dungy
Downcast, dull, as spoken of a horse.

Eacer
Acre

Eacor
Acorn

Eer
Yet

Ees
Yesterday

Eesterday
Yesterday

Eet
Yet

Effets
Newts

Eger, erger
To taste sharp or sour

Elemen
Made of Elm

Elt
A young sow or pig

Eltrot
Plant: Cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris

Em
Then

Emmets
Ants

Emp
Plant: Hemp, Cannabis sativa

En
Him

Er
He

Eth
Earth

Ethorm
Earthworm

Eve
To become damp as stone from condensation or vapour on the surface

Evemen
Evening

Every / even grass
Plant: Rye grass, Festuca arundinacea

Faddle
To pack or bundle together

Fall
autumn; to fall down is vall

Falter
To fail

Fantod
Fuss

Feasen
Faces

Fess
Pleased with, proud

Figged-pudden
Plum pudding

Fineg / finneg
Not to answer the call of duty

Flannen
Flannel

Flinders
Flying bits as of a thing smashed

Fling
To kick

Flisky
Flying, as mist

Flop
A mass of thin mud

Floumce
A flinging or flying as of splashed water

Flummocks
To scare or frighten

Flump
A heavy flying fall

Fooch
To push, poke

Footling
Something worthless, beneath contempt

Footy
Insignificant, small, trivial

Forefriends
Ancestors

Foresters / forestylees
Horseflies

Freemarten
Female calf of a twin, of which the other is a bull

Frith / Vrith
Brushwood

Frog-hopper
Froghopper, Philaenus spumarius

Furmity / Frumenty
A dish consisting of hulled wheat boiled in milk and seasoned with cinnamon and sugar

Gad
A metal stake or bar

Gake
To stare open-mouthed, gawk, gape

Gakey
A fool, a cuckoo

Gallycrow
Scarecrow

Gammen
Play or sport

Gannywedge
A wide yawn or to spread apart

Gap
Breach

Gapmouth
Nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus

Gawly
Applied to land spongy or wet

Gay
Fresh or green

Geate
Gate

Gee ho, go ho
Comand to horses

Geulder rwose
Plant: Geulder Rose, Viburnum opulus

Gi'e in
To give in

Gi'e out
To give out, give up a pursuit

Giddygander
Plant: Early purple orchid, Orchis mascula

Gilcup / giltcups / gilticup
Plant: Buttercup, Ranunculus bulbosus

Gillyflower
Plant: Stock, Matthiola

Gilp
Boast

Gimmy
Hinge of two parts, working on a joint

Girt
Large, great

Glene / glene
To joke with

Glere
To glaze, as tiles or bricks

Glow / glaw / glawoo
To stare , to watch

Glutch
To swallow, gulp

Goatzucker
Nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus

God's stinking tree
Plant: Elder, Sambucus nigra

Golden -chain
Plant: Laburnum, Laburnum anagyroides

Gollikins / By Gollykins
An exclamation

Goo wi' goo after
To court

Goocoo flower
Plant: Ladies smock, Cardamine pratensis

Goocoo's bread
Plant: Wood sorrel, Oxalis acetosella

Good-now
Good neighbour

Goodhussy
Good housewife

Googary
Giddy, shaky

Goold
Gold

Goolden-drop
A variety of wheat

Gossip
Godfather / mother. Also good friend

Gout
Underwater gutter

Grabble
To grab

Gramfer / Granf'er
Grandfather

Granm'er
Grandmother

Greagle / Greygole
Plant: Bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Gribble
Plant: Young Crabtree, Malus or Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa

Griddle
Grind

Grip
Handful

Grotten
A run or pasture for sheep

Groun'
Field

Grout
Digging a small ditch

Gudgeon
Short forked stake used in hedging

Guilder
An intermediate or subsidiry flow of the tide

Gummy
Thick, clumsy

Gwain
Going

Gwains-on
Rowdy behaviour

Ha'skin-cheese
Halfskin cheese, which is made of milk skimmed only once

Hacker
A broad hoe or chattering of teeth

hackle / bee-hackle
Sheaf of straw forming a cloak or roof over a beehive

Hag-stone
Dorset fisherman and farmers used these stones with a nutural perforated hole as protective charm against malevolent witchcraft

Hagrod / Hagrode / Hagrid
Nightmare attributed to the supernatural presence of a witch or hag by whom one is ridden in sleep. Often referred to as the night hag or old hag this syndrome was used to explain the phenomenon of sleep paralysis.

Halterpath
A path for a horse and rider; Bridleway

Ham / hamel
Enclosure

Hamchaw
To hem and haw to be unable to decide what to do in a situation

Hame / haulm
The hollow stem of plants

Han'pat
Nearby, close at hand

Han'sel
A hand gift, something given to a young woman at her wedding towards the housekeeping

Handy
Thereabouts, an approximation

Hang-gallis
Gallows, Gibbet

Hangen-house
A shed under a continuation of a roof of a house

Hard
A hard boy is a big boy, hard being opposed to tender in a child of tender years

Hardle
To entangle

Hart-berry
Plant: Whortle-berry, bilberry, Vaccinium myrtillus

Harvest-man
Cranefly / daddy-longlegs, Tipula paludosa

Haskets
Brushwood

Hassen
Hast not

Hassock / hassick
A tuft of sedge or brushwood

Hatch / hitch
A small gate

Hav
The spikelet of the oat

Haves / heps
The fruit of the wild rose

Hawked / howked cow
Cow with a white or white-patched face

Haymaiden
Plant: Ground ivy, glechoma hederacea. Used for making a medicinal liquor, haymaiden tea

Haymeaken
Haymaking

Hazen / hiessen
To forebode

Head
To consult, conspire

Headland / hedlen
Ground or ridge under a hedge

Heal
To cover over

Healen / hellen
Stones, flag-stones for roofing

Hean
A handle

Hearebell / Veary Cup
Plant: Harebell, Campanula rotundifolia

Hedlen
Headlong

Heft
Weight

Helrut
Plant: Alexanders, Smyrnium olusatrum

Herence
Hence

Hereright
here at the spot, at once

Heth / He'th
Plant: Heaths, ling, Erica; Heathers: Calluna vulgaris

Hethcropper
A horse or pony bred on a heath

Hick
To hop

Hide
To whip

Hidy-buck
Children's game, hide-n-seek

Hiessen
To forebode evil

Highlows
A high shoe

Hike off / out
To go off hastily by compulsion

Hile
Ten sheaves of corn set up in the field

Hipe
A heap

Hippity-hoppity
Hopping

Ho
To be anxious or to show caution

Hoils
The beard or awn of barley

Hold wi'
To hold or side with, to follow in opinion

Hollabaloo
Noisy uproar

Holm / ho'n
Plant: Holly, Ilex aquifolium

Holrod
Plant: Cowslip, Primula veris

Homble
A duck

Home screech
Missel thrush, Turdus viscivorus

Honey-Zuck
Plant: Honeysuckle, Lonicera Periclymenum

Hook
To gore with horns

Hoop
Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Hornet
Common Wasp, Vespula vulgaris

Horridge / whorage
A house or nest of bad characters

Hoss-stinger / Ho's adder
Dragonfly

Houce
Hound or Hunt out

Hounds / bussels
(of a waggon) - The slides of fellow-pieces

Hountish
Doggish, nappish, snarling

Howish
A cry to swine, to stir them onwards

Huckle
The hip

Huckmuck
Wicker strainer put in a mashing tub to keep the grain from coming aout with the wort

Hud
The Hull or legume of a plant

Huddick / haddock
A bag or case for a sore finger

Hummick
A heat or sweat

Humstrum
a rude, home-made musical instrument

Hunbuz
A thin piece of wood with a notched edge which when swung round swiftly on a string makes a humming or buzzing sound

Hungered
Hungry

Hustle
To moan, spoken of the wind

Hythe
A landing stead or haven where fish were landed

Ice-candles
Icicles

Iles
The awns as of barley

Imma'bbee
It may be

In jist
Almost, very nearly

Inon
Plant: Onion, Allium

Inon-rwope
Rope or string of onions

Ire-gear
Iron ware

Ja / jaw
A tenon for a mrtise

Jack-in-the-Green
Plant: Polyanthus, Primula variabilis

Jack-o-lent
Scarecrow

Jams
Wire shirt-buttons

Janders
Jaundice

Jessamy
Plant: White jasmine, Jasminum officinale

Jib
A handbarrow

Jimmy
Door hinge

Jist / jis'
Just, just about

Jit
To jog

Jobbler
Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe

John-go-to-bed
Plant: Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis

Joppety-joppety
Anxious, nervous trepidation

Jut
To give a sudden blow or nudge

Kapple cow
a cow with a white muzzle

Keaf
Waste of short straws in threshing

Keafen reake
A rake to clear the chaff from the corn

Keakeham
Windpipe

Keaple
The running socket in which a flail was fastened to the handstaff

Kecks / kex
Plant: A stock of hemlock, Conium or cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris

Kee
To tire out

Keech
To clear a riverbank of weeds

Keeching-zive
A scythe for keeching

Keepen
The burden or refrain of a song

Keeve / kive
A large tub used for the wort to work in when brewing

Keft
The cut of saw in wood

Kerp
To talk mincingly

Ketch
To set or harden

Ketcher
The membrane over the viscera of a pig

Keys
Plant: The seed vessels of the sycamore, Acer pseudoplatanus and maple, Acer campestre

Kid
A pod or legume, as bean-kid, a pea-kid

Killick rwope
The rope that fastens the killick stone to the boat

Killick stwone
A stone used by fisherman as an anchor when fishing for pout etc.

Kind
Sleek, as of fur; also, keen as of a knife

Kit
Friend or family, kin

Kitpat / kitbat
The clogged grease in the stocks of wheels

Kitticoo
To jostle

Kitty-coot
Water-rail, Rallus aquaticus

Kittyboots
A kind of short-laced boot, reaching uponly over the ankles

Klink off
To go off as closely, or as unobserved as may be

Knacker
A buyer of old horses for slaughter

Knap
A small hillock, brow of a hill. Also the unopened flower head of the potato and some other plants

Knee-knaps
Leather worn over the knees by thatchers

Lag
Leg

Laggens
Leggings, short gaiters

Lagwood
The bigger loppings of a tree

Laminger
Becoming lame

Lamploo
A game of tag in which those caught join hands with the pursuer/s to form a chain

Lathy
Tall and thin

Lauten-yeat
A great hurry

Lawk
Look, behold

Lawn / lawnd
Unploughed land

Leade
To dip up or draw off a liquid

Leadecart
A cart with raves

Leades
Raves of a wagon

Leady's cushin
Plant: Thrift, Armeria maritima

Leady's vingers
Plant: Kidney Vetch, Anthyllis vulneraria

Lear
An ailing sheep

Lease
Glean

Lease / summerlease
A field stocked through the summer as distinct from a mead which is mown; also ewelease, cowlease

Lease-carn
Corn gleaned

Leat
To leak

Leave
To lade out a liquid

Ledgers
Rods that are fastened down by spars on the thatch of a rick or house

Leer / leery / larry
Hungry; or empty waggon

Lentcorck
Crockery sherds, formerly thrown and smashed by boys on Shrove Tuesday

Lerret
A traditional, double-ended boat with a flat bottom and high sternposts, which can be launched from a steep bank or beach

Levers / Kingcup, Bull's eyes / Bachelor's Buttons
Plant: Marsh marigold, Caltha palustris

Limber
Skinny, slim, slender

Limner
Painter and decorator

Lip
Basket

Lippen
Wet weather, rainy, sometimes also referred to as lippy

Lisome
Cheery, happy

Litter
Confusion

Magot
An impulse or whim

Main
Strength, power

Mammet
An image, scarecrow

Mampus
A crowd

Meaden
Plant: Stinking mayweed, Anthemis cotula

Mesh
Moss

Moot
The bottom and roots of a felled tree

Moud
Field mouse, Apodemus sylvaticus

Nammet
A light lunch of meat

Near
Parsimonious, miserly

Nicky
Kindling

Nippy
Peckish

Nirrup
Donkey

Not
Flowerbed

Nunch
A nog or knob of food

Nuncheon
A noon-time meal, luncheon

Ooser
Oose or wu’se, as ‘a mask with grim jaws, put on with a cow’s skin to frighten folk. “Wurse” is a name of the arch-fiend

Out ov ban
Instantly, at once

Over-right
Opposite

Parrick
A piece of fenced off land, a paddock

Peart
Healthy, vibrant, full of life

Peck upon
Dominate

Pelt
A rage, to feel angry

Piaviours
Flagstones

Piggyback / a pig a back / a pack a back
To carry a child on one's back with their arms around your neck and their legs around your waist.

Pissabed
Plant: Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

Pisty poll
To carry a child on one's shoulders with their legs around your neck and their arms around your forehead.

Popple
Pebble

Primrwose
Plant: Primrose, Primula vulagaris

Prog
Food

Quine
The corner of a wall

Quob
Quiver, shake

Rags an' tatters
Plant: Common mallow, Malva sylvestris

Rale
Walk

Ramsclaws
Plant: Creeping crowfoot, Ranaunculus repens

Ramsens
Plant: Broad-leaved garlic, Allium ursinum

Ramshacklum
Useless

Rap
Swap, barter or exchange

Rathe
Early

Rean
Consume food quickly and greedily

Reaphook
A curved blade for cutting grasses; Sickle

Reddick
Robin, Erithacus rubecula

Reeve
Unravel

Robinhood
Plant: Ragged Robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi

Rottlepenny
Plant: Yellow rattle, Rhinanthus christagalli

Rottletrap
Rickety

Rwose
Plant: Dog rose, Rosa canina

Rwose-in-the-dark
Plant: Lilac, Syringa vulgaris

Satepoll
A foolish or silly person

Scaly
Mean, stingy

Scraggle
to screw scramly about (of a man), to screw the limbs scramly as from rheumatism

Shepard's Mitre
Fossil sea urchins, Echinocorys

Sives
Plant: Chives, Allium schoenoprasum or garlic, Allium sativum

Skiver-wood
Plant: Spindle tree, Euonymus europeus

Slooe / Snags / Snag bush
Plant: Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa

Smeech
A cloud of dust

Snabble
To snap up quickly; To eat quickly or greedily

Span-new
Clean and shiny, like new

Spike
Plant: Lavender, Lavenda spica

Sprak
Spry, lively

Staddle / staddling
Stuff to make a staddle

Stairvoot
Bottom of the stairs

Stan'by
To stand by one's word

Stan'to
Sponsor

Stare
Starling, Sturnus vulgaris

Starry
Story

Stean
To pave or furnish with stones

Steart
A sharp point

Steer
Stir, uproar

Stem
The handle of a pick or rake

Stick
A tree was often called a stick

Stick's end
The unburnt end of a stick from the fire

Stickland
Steep lane

Stickle
Steep

Stitch
A set of sheaves stuck up in the field, top to top

Stiver
To stiffen up much as an angry dog's hairs

Stomachy
High-minded when insulted

Stools
The roots of copse or hedgewood cut down nearly to the ground

Stoor
To stir, as liquid

Stout
The cowfly

Stramote
A stalk of grass

Strappen
Of great size

Strapper
A helping labourer hired only for a busy time

Stratch
Stretch

Stratcher / spreader
A stick to keep out the traces from the horses' legs

Stubberd
An early kind of apple

Stud
A steadfast stillness as one in thought

Stump
To become stiff or sturdy or sulky

Stunpoll / stonehead / stunhead
Blockhead. Also a term for an old, half-dead tree

Suent
Smooth and even

Sumple
Supple

Swanskin
A very thick and close wollen cloth or flannel

Sweal / zwel
To scorch

Sweem / zwim
Giddiness

Swift
A wheel for spinning hemp

Swipe
Very thin beer

Swop
A strong punch or blow

Tack
A shelf

Taffet
Dainty or nice food

Taffle
To tangle

Thirtover / thwart over
Perverse

Three-cunnen
Over-sharp

Thunderbolts
Fossil belemnites

Tilt Bonnet
A garden bonnet with stuffing

Tilty
Grumpy, irritable, ill-tempered

Timmersome
Restless, spoken of a child

Tine
To hedge in ground / enclose with a fence; also to kindle a fire / candle

Tinklebobs
Icicles

Tip / Tuck a rick
Loose hay from a rick

Tiss / tess
To hiss, a sharp sibilant sound

Tistytosty
A child's toss ball of cowslips

Tittery
Unstable, shaky

Toleboy
Decoy

Tooty
To cry

Torrididdle
A state of bewilderment or confusion

Toyear
This year; as in today, tomorrow

Trant
Treading of ground to tramp or tramping

Tranter
A common carrier

Trendle
Shallow tub

Trimmen / trimmer
Great, the best

Trip
Culvert over a ditch or small watercourse

Tuck out
To eat, over indulgence

Tump
Hump or toft; a very small hillock or mound

Tup
A young ram

Tupping
A ram to copulate with a ewe

Tut
To do work by the tut is by the piece or lump, not by the day

Tutt / Tutty
Nosegay, a buch of flowers

Twanketen
Sad, melancholic

Twiddick
A small twig

Twin
A twain, two

Twink
Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs

Twiripe
Partly ripe

Twite
To reproach

Twoad / toad
To express pity or helplessness

Undercreepen
Devious, sly, underhand

Undergroun' jobbler
Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe

Unercheepen
Underhand

Unray
Undress

Uppen-stock
Mounting block

Upsides wi'
Even with, equivalent retaliation

Upsydown
Upside down, overturned

Urge
Retch

Use money
Interest on money

Vande
Farthing

Vang
To earn

Veag
Wrath

Veary / vearies
Fairy, Fairies

Veary hearts
Fossil sea urchins, Micraster

Veary loaves
Fossil sea urchins, Echinocorys. Used as a protective charm to ensure milk does not sour or the house is never short of bread

Vi'let
Plant: Common dog violet, Viola riviniana

Vinny
Veiny or mouldy cheese, (Blue-vinny)

Vitty
Neat and proper

Vuz / Vuzzen
Plant: Furze, gorse, Ulex europaeus

Wagwanton
Plant: Quaking grass, Briza media

Ware
A sheep walk

Water crowwvoot
Plant: Water crowfoot, Ranunculus aquatilis

Waxen crudels / kernels
Enlarged or swollen tonsils, neck glands

Wease
A crown put on head to take milk pail

Weave
To rock back and forth as if in pain

Welshnut
Plant: Walnut, Juglans regia

Werret
To concern or worry

Wevet
a spider’s web

Whindle
To hover, quiver

Whog
Command for a horse to go right

Whop
A strong punch or blow

Withwind
Plant: Withwind, Convolvulus sepium

Woak
Plant: Oak, Quercus robur

Wont
Mole, small burrowing mammal of the talpidae family

Wont-hill
Mole hill

Woppen
Big, heavy

Wopsy / Wops
Wasp

Wordle
World

Wornail / wornil
The larva of the Warble fly, Hypoderma lineatum

Worret
To worry in small matters, tease

Wrag
To scold

Wride
A bush of many stems from one root

Wrout
To grub up, as pigs do the ground

Yakker
Acorn

Yean
To lamb

Yeat-smasher
Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe

Yis
Earthworm

Yoller / yollow wops
Yellow wasp

Yop
Speak rapidly, jabber, yelp

Za zaw
To saw

Zeale
Sack

Zebm / zeen
Seven

Zedgemock
Tuft or bunch of sedge grass

Zee'd
To see

Zeedlip
Seed box in which sower carried the seed

Zet off / zet out
To start

Zet up
To anger, infuriate

Zidelan
Slanting, sloping

Zight
Means such a number or quantity

Zillgreen / silfreen
House leek, Sempervivum tectorum

Zilver weed
Plant: Silver weed, Potentilla anserina

Zive
Scythe

Zog
Sog, soak , sink

Zummat
Something

Zwail
Swagger

Chop
Sell, barter or exchange

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John Blackmore captivates Society members Following the recent William Barnes Society Annual General Meeting, John Blackmore presented 'Music and Song' to the audience. Sunday 15th October 2017
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