The Vocabulary of East Anglia: An Attempt to Record the Vulgar Tongue of the Twin Sister Counties, Norfolk and Suffolk, as it Existed in the Last Twenty Years of the Eighteenth Century, and Still Exists; with Proof of Its Antiquity from Etymology and Authority ...

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J.B. Nichols and Son, 1830 - 281 pages

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Page 17 - When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, " And said, Where have ye laid him ? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
Page xviii - To them his heart, his love, his griefs were given, But all his serious thoughts had rest in heaven. As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm...
Page 48 - I am often put to a stand, in considering whether what I write be the idiom of the tongue, or false grammar, and nonsense couched beneath that specious name of Anglicism; and have no other way to clear my doubts, but by translating my English, into Latin, and thereby trying what sense the words will bear in a more stable language.
Page 52 - The contest for the ball begins, and never ends without black eyes and bloody noses, broken heads or skins, some serious mischiefs. If the ball can be carried, kicked or thrown to one of the goals, in spite of all the resistance of the other party, it is reckoned for one towards the game ; which has sometimes been known to last two or three hours. But the exertion and fatigue of this is excessive. So the victory is not always decided by number of points, but the game is placed against time, as the...
Page 82 - I'm blow'd but we've lost! who'da thought it ?" Smack goes the flat's hat over his eyes ; exit the confederates with a loud laugh. NORFOLK. "The most general and pervading characteristic of our pronunciation," observes Mr. Forby, " is a narrowness and tenuity, precisely the reverse of the round, sonorous, mouth-filling tones of Northern English.
Page 67 - Chin, The. — He was, says Forby. in his "Vocabulary of East Anglia, 1830," " a sort of imp which inhabits the chimneys of nurseries, and is sometimes called down to take away naughty children." Chincough. — There is a belief in Cheshire that, if a toad is held for a moment within the mouth of the patient, it is apt to catch the disease, and so cure the person suffering from it. A correspondent of
Page 2 - ... assiduously, and as it appears to me successfully, finds a parallel for almost every peculiarity in some of the oldest English authors. He maintains that it is an absurdity to imagine that the vulgar fabricate language for their own ordinary use, and asserts, concerning every vernacular tongue, that " its forms, be they as many and as various as they may, are all in substance remnants and derivatives of the language of past ages, which were at some time or other in common use ; though in long...
Page 13 - Balk the way," get out of the way, Downfall of Robert, Earl of Huntingdon, p. 80. (4) A simple piece of machinery used in the dairy districts of the county of Suffolk, into which the cow's head is put while she is milked. (5) Straight young trees after they are felled are in Norfolk called balks. (6) " To be thrown ourt' balk," is, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, to be published in the church. " To hing ourt' balk," is marriage deferred after publication.
Page 119 - forfeits in a barber's shop." They exist to this day in some, perhaps in many village shops. They are penalties for handling the razors, &c. ; offences very likely to be committed by lounging clowns, waiting for their turn to be scraped on a Saturday night, or Sunday morning. They are still, as of old,
Page i - The Vocabulary of East Anglia, an attempt to record the vulgar tongue of the twin sister Counties, Norfolk and Suffolk, as it existed in the last twenty years of the Eighteenth Century, and still exists ; with proof of its antiquity from Etymology and Authority, by the Rev.

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