Sussex Sayings

Here are listings of common Sussex sayings. A lot of them have fallen out of use but many can still be heard. 

Abouten: Just about to.........I was abouten to go out

Adle: (pronounced ardle) Stupid.......... He's an adle-headed fellow.

Anywhen: At any time.

Atween: between.

Bait: Afternoon refreshment, when strong beer is given, in the hay and harvest field.

Balderdash: Nonsense..............He talks a lot of balderdash.

Bannick: To beat...........I'll give you a good bannicking if you don't let up.

Beat the devil round the gooseberry bush: To tell a long story without much point.

Beazled: Completely tired out.

Behopes: Let us hope........Behopes you'll get there in time.

Bettermost: Superior, above average. Generally qualified by the word rather.........They seem rather bettermost sort of folks.

Bishop Barnaby: a ladybird

Blanket pudding: A long round pudding made of flour and jam. Sometimes called a bolster pudding.

Blobtit or Blobtongue: A blab, a telltale.

Borns: Days of ones life...........All my borns

Bout: A day's work

Bread and cheese friend: A true friend

Bunt: To rock a cradle with the foot. To push or butt

Called over: Scolded..........You'll get called over if you do that

Cantankerous: A source of ill-feeling

Certain sure: the superlative of certainly

Chance-born: An illegitimate child

Chiping: Moaning

Chouse or Chowse: A fraud. One who cheats in money matters......... He choused me out of three shillings.

Codger: A miser. A stingy old fellow.

Danes: used to threaten children. Refers to the Danes who invaded England......... I'll set the Danes on yer if yer don't do as I tell yer!

Dursn't: Dare not.

Faggot-above-a-load: Rather too much of a good thing.

Flit milk: Skimmed milk

Force: Point........... I can't see the force of it.

Frail: A woven, flexible basket worn over the shoulder by shepherds and other farm workers to carry food and bottles  milkless tea.

Furriner: Anyone outside the county of Sussex

Gridgen: Grudging

Happen or hap: Perhaps

Hisself: Himself

Jaunce: A weary journey

Justly:Exactly, rightly

Leathering: A beating

Middlin': This word has many different meanings which are expressed by the tone of voice in which it is said. It may mean very much, tolerably well or very bad.

Misagreement: disagreement

Nabble: To chatter. To gossip. To idle about

Perramble: Corruption of preamble.

Persoom: Presume

Pull: Influence, standing

Rookery: A distbance. A fuss and chattering.

Shorn bugs and flit milk: A beetle. To eat shorn bugs for dinner is an expression for the extremity of poverty.

Shucky or shuckish: Unsettled. Applied to the weather.

Sockhead: A stupid person. Usually applied to a male.

Spanelling: To make dirty footmarks about a floor, as a spaniel dog does.

Start: An excitement, a fuss

Still: Quiet, respectable......... He was a nice, still man.

Summat: Something

Swap my bob!: A kind of affirmative oath. A euphemistic rendering of 'So help me God'

Swymy: (swimmy) Giddy, faint

Tip-tongued: To talk tip-tongued is to talk in an affected manner.

Top-of-the-house: A person who has lost his temper

Whips of berries: Quantities. Same meaning as lashings.

Windshaken: Thin, puny, weak. Also said of timber that develops longitudinal cracks when sawn.

Womenated: Being fussed over by women.


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