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Coons, a cant term for a now
defunct party; derived, perAct'lly, actually.
haps, from the fact of their Air, are.
being commonly up a tree. Airth, earth.
Cornwallis, a sort of muster in Airy, area.
masquerade ; supposed to Aree, area.
have had its origin soon after Arter, after.
the Revolution, and to comAx, ask.
memorate the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. It took the
place of the old Guy Fawkes B.
Crooked stick, a perverse, froBeller, bellow.
ward person. Bellowses, lungs.
Cunnle, a colonel. Ben, been.
Cus, a curse ; also, a pitiful Bile, boil.
fellow. Bimeby, by and by. Blurt out, to speak bluntly.
D. Bust, burst. Buster, a roistering blade ; used | Darsn't, used indiscriminately, also as a general superlative. either in singular or plural
number, for dare not, dares
not, and dared not. C.
Deacon off, to give the cue to;
derived from a custom, once Caird, carried.
universal, but now extinct, Cairn, carrying
in our New England ConCaleb, a turncoat.
gregational churches. An Cal’late, calculate.
important part of the office Cass, a person with two lives. of deacon was to read aloud Close, clothes.
the hymns given out by the Cockerel, a young cock.
minister, one line at a time, Cocktail, a kind of drink ; also, the congregation singing each
an ornament peculiar to sol- line as soon as read. diers.
Demmercrat, leadin', one in faConvention, a place where peo- vor of extending slavery; a
ple are imposed on; a jug- free-trade lecturer maintained gler's show.
in the custom-house.
Grit, spirit, energy, pluck. Doos, does.
Grout, to sulk. Doughface, a contented lick- Grouty, crabbed, surly.
spittle; a common variety of Gum, to impose on. Northern politician.
Gump, a foolish fellow, a dul. Dror, draw.
lard. Du, do.
Gut, got. Dunno, dno, do not or does not know.
Hellum, helm. Eend, end.
Hendy, handy. Ef, if.
Het, heated. Emptins, yeast.
Hev, have. Env’y, envoy.
Hez, has. Everlasting, an intensive, with- Holl, whole.
out reference to duration. Holt, hold. Ev'y, every.
Huf, hoof. Ez, as.
Humbug, General Taylor's
anti-slavery. Fence, on the ; said of one who Hut, hurt.
halts between two opinions;
Insines, ensigns; used to de. Fish-skin, used in New England signate both the officer who to clarify coffee.
carries the standard, and the Fix, a difficulty, a nonplus. standard itself. Foller, folly, to follow.
Inter, intu, into.
cally, to draw a straight fur- Jest, just.
Jint, joint. Fust, first.
Junk, a fragment of any solid
Nimepunce, ninepence, twelve
Sarse, abuse, impertinence.
Saxon, sacristan, sexton.
Scringe, cringe. Offen, often.
Scrouge, to crowd. Ole, old.
Sech, such. Ollers, olluz, always.
Set by, valued. On, of; used before it or them, Shakes, great, of considerable
or at the end of a sentence, consequence. as, on't, on’em, nut ez ever Shappoes, chapeaux, cockedI heerd on.
hats. Only, only.
Skooting, running, or moring Peaked, pointed.
swiftly. Peek, to peep.
Slarterin', slaughtering. Pickerel, the pike, a fish. Slim, contemptible.
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 ye goin' tu? Goin ta Boston.
Snaked, crawled like a snake;
but to snake any one out is to track him to his hidingplace; to snake a thing out
is to snatch it out. Soffies, sofas. Sogerin', soldiering; a bar
barous amusement common
into the salt marshes, on which the hay-ricks are set, and thus raised out of the
reach of high tides.
Ugly, ill-tempered, intractable.
largest boaster of liberty and
owner of slaves. Unrizzest, applied to dough or
bread; heary, most unrisen, or most incapable of rising.
V-spot, a five-dollar bill.
Wake snakes, to get into trouble. Take on, to sorrow.
Wal, well; spoken with great Talents, talons.
deliberation, and sometimes Taters, potatoes.
with the a very much flatTell, till.
tened, sometimes (but more Tetch, touch.
seldom) very much broadTetch tu, to be able : used al- ened.
ways after a negative in this Wannut, walnut, (hickory.) sense.
Ware, where. Tollable, tolerable.
Ware, were. Toot, used derisively for playing Whopper, an uncommonly large
on any wind instrument. lie; as, that General Taylor Thru, through.
is in favor of the Wilmot Thundering, a euphemism com- Proviso.
mon in New England, for the Wig, Whig; a party now disprofane English expression solved. devilish. Perhaps derived Wunt, will not. from the belief, common for- Wus, worse. merly, that thunder Wut, what. caused by the Prince of the Wuth, worth ; as, Antislavery Air, for some of whose ac- perfessions 'fore 'lection aint complishments consult Cot- wuth a Bungtown copper. ton Mather.
Wuz, was, sometimes were.