45 years after Robert Lower published his first pamphlet, the vicar of Selmeston, William Douglas Parish, elaborated “A dictionary of Sussex dialect and collection of provincialisms in use in the county of Sussex”. Of course, in 1875, “twus for frenchys an foreigners”. For what use could it be to a Sussex man?
Its contents are an interesting insight as to how our ancestor’s parlance was formed over several centuries but also a vision of their lives through the definitions of their most commonly used vocabulary.
Unfortunately, local and regional dialects were fought by those advocating “standard” and “posh” English and thus gave way to regional accents and grammar on a worldly scale.
DownloadA Dictionary of Sussex Dialect (1815)
As far as I know, this document is in the public domain.
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