31 Sussex words to love
Walking a whapple-way
Finding a delicious new word makes my day. I like forgotten or obscure words best, those that make me wonder or giggle. The other day I stumbled into Reverend Parish’s Dictionary of Sussex Dialect from 1875. Hooray!
I knew that Sussex dialect has 30 names for mud and its own for magical creatures, but Rev Parish was a revelation. So many lovable sounds. So many kays, cues and zeds!
My favourites are for mood, weather, character, dialogue and bother. They’re below (with a few others I can’t bring myself to leave out).
Call me a daydreamer, but I've a notion words enjoy being spoken and written. So, I hope you enjoy them, and that you start using them too.
If you could only pick one, which would it be?
Beazled. Completely tired out.
Quotted. Satiated, glutted.
Up-a-top-of-the-house. In a rage.
Unked. Lonely, dreary, dismal.
Vlothered. Agitated, flustered.
Haitch. A slight passing shower.
Messengers. Large white clouds, heralding rough weather.
Sniggler. A slight frost.
Swallocky. Clouds in hot weather, before a thunderstorm.
Whiffle. To come in gusts.
Yeasty. Gusty, stormy.
Blobtit. A tell-tale.
Bread-and-cheese-friend. A true friend.
Fluttergrub. One who likes getting dirty, being in a mess.
Grout-headed. Stupidly noisy.
Stomachy. Proud, obstinate.
Cocker-up. To gloss over with an air of truth.
Nabble. To chatter, gossip, idle about.
Norate. To talk officiously and fussily about other's business.
Rookery. A disturbance, a fuss and chattering.
Boffle. A confusion or mistake.
Heggling. Vexatious, trying, wearisome.
Pettigues. Troubles, vexations.
Oooh, but I love these too...
Ampery. Beginning to decay, especially applied to cheese.
Squackett. To quack like a duck.
Whapple-way. A bridleway through fields or woods (see above).