Historical Word Wednesday

Historical Word Wednesday: Burnish



1. To grow fat.

“The expression, “You burnish nicely” meaning, “You look well.” is frequently used in East Sussex, and is meant as a compliment.”

From A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect and Collection of Provincialisms in Use in the County of Sussex by W.D. Parish.

I thought this was interesting… Reminds me of the modern term: phat.

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