Historical Word Wednesday

Historical Word Wednesday: Burnish

Burnish Verb 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:… Continue reading Historical Word Wednesday: Burnish

Historical Word Wednesday

Historical Word Wednesday: Concerned in Liquor

Concerned in Liquor Adjective 1. Drunk "This is one of many expressions used in Sussex to avoid the word drunk. To have a little beer, means to have a great deal too much; to have half-a-pint-other-while, means to be a habitual drunkard; to be none the better for which he had took, means to be much… Continue reading Historical Word Wednesday: Concerned in Liquor

Historical Word Wednesday

Historical Word Wednesday: Byste

Byste Verb 1. To lie down in the day time. "I was quite took to (ashamed) to think you should have come in the other day and found me bysted, but I was quite entirely eat up with the rheumatics, and couldn't get about no how's." From A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect and Collection of Provincialisms in Use… Continue reading Historical Word Wednesday: Byste