Act'lly, actually.
Air, are.
Airth, earth.
Airy, area.
Aree, area.
Arter, after.
Ax, usk.

Lord Cornwallis. It took the place

of the old Guy Fawkes procession. Crooked stick, a perverse, froward

person. Cunnle, a colonel. Cus, a curse; also, a pitiful fellow.



Beller, bellow.
Bellowses, lungs.
Ben, been.
Bile, boil.
Bimeby, by and by.
Blurt out, to speak bluntly.
Bust, burst.
Buster, a roistering blade; used also

as a general superlative.


Caird, carried.
Cairn, carrying
Caleb, a turncoat.
Cal'late, calculate.
Cass, a person with two lives.
Close, clothes.
Cockerel, a young cock.
Cocktail, a kind of drink; also, an

ornament peculiar to soldiers. Convention, a place where people are

imposed on ; a juggler's show. Coons, a cant term, for a now defunct

party; derived, perhaps, from the fact of their being commonly up a

tree. Cornwallis, a sort of muster in mas

querade; supposed to have had its origin soon after the Revolution, and to commemorate the surrender of

Darsn't, used indiscriminately, either

in singular or plural number, for dare not, dares not, and dared not. Deacon off, to give the cue to; derived

from a custom, once universal, but now extinct, in our New England Congregational churches. An important part of the office of deacon was to read aloud the hymns given out by the minister, one line at a time, the congregation singing each

line as soon as read. Demmercrat, leadin', one in favor of

extending slavery; a free-trade lecturer maintained in the custom

house. Desput, desperate. Doos, does. Doughface, a contented lick-spittle ; a

common variety of Northern politi

cian. Dror, draw. Du, do. Dunno, dno, do not or does not know. Dut, dirt.

E. Eend, end. Ef, if: Emptins, yeast. Env'y, envoy. Everlasting, an intensive, without refer

ence to duration Ev'y, every Ez, as.


Insines, ensigns; used to designate

both the office who carries the stand

ard, and the standard itself. Inter, intu, into.

Fence, on the ; said of one who halts

between two opinions; a trimmer. Fer, for: Ferfle, ferful, fearful; also an inten

sive Fin', find. Fish-skin, used in New England to

clarify coffee. Fix, a difficulty, a non plus. Foller, folly, to follow. Forrerd, forward. Frum, from. Fur, far. Furder, farther. Furrer, furrow. Metaphorically, to

draw a straight furrow is to live uprightly or decorously. Fust, first.

J. Jedge, judge. Jest, just. Jine, join. Jint, joint. Junk, a fragment of any solid stab


K. Keer, care. Kep', kept. Killock, a small anchor. Kin', kin' o', kinder, kind, kind g.

[blocks in formation]

P. Peaked, pointed. Peek, to peep. Pickerel, the pike, a fish. Pint, point. Pocket full of rocks, plenty of money. Pooty, pretty. Pop'ler, conceited, popular. Pus, purse. Put out, troubled, ve xed.

Soffies, sofas.
Sogerin', soldiering; a barbarous

amusement common among men in

the savage state. Som'ers, somewhere, So'st, so as that. Sot, set, obstinate, resolute. Spiles, spoils; objects of political am

bition. Spry, active. Staddles, stout stakes driven into the

salt marshes, on which the hay-ricks are set, and thus raised out of the

reach of high tides. Streaked, uncomfortable, discomfited. Suckle, circle. Sutthin', something. Suttin, certain.

Q. Quarter, a quarter-dollar. Queen's-arm, a musket.


R. Resh, rush. Revelee, the réveille. Rile, to trouble. Riled, angry; disturbed, as the sedi

ment in any liquid. Riz, risen. Row, a long row to hoe, a difficult

task. Rugged, robust.


Sarse, abuse, impertinence.
Sartin, certain.
Saxon, sacristan, sexton.
Scaliest, worst.
Scringe, cringe.
Scrouge, to crowd.
Sech, such.
Set by, valued.
Shakes, great, of considerable conse.

Shappoes, chapeaux, cocked-hats.
Sheer, share.
Shet, shut.
Shut, shirt.
Skeered, scared.
Skeeter, mosquito.
Skooting, running, or moving swiftly.
Slarterin', slaughtering.
Slim, contemptible.
Snaked, crawled like a snake; but to

snake any one out is to track him to his hiding-place; to snake a thing out is to snatch it out.

Take on, to sorrow.
Talents, talons.
Taters, potatoes.
Tell, till.
Tetch, touch.
Tetch tu, to be able ; used always after

a negative in this sense. Tollable, tolerable. Toot, used derisively for playing on

any wind instrument. Thru, through. Thundering, a euphemism common in

New England, for the profane English expression devilish. Perhaps derived from the belief, common formerly, that thunder was caused by the Prince of the Air, for some of whose accomplishments consult Cotton Mather. 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.


Ugly, ill-tempered, intractable.
Uncle Sam, United States; the largest

boaster of liberty and owner of slaves.

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A. wants his axe ground, 282.
A. B., information wanted concerning,

Abraham (Lincoln), his constitutional

scruples, 282.
Abuse, an, its usefulness, 295.
Adam, eldest son of, respected, 185–

his fall, 301 — how if he had bitten a

sweet apple ? 304.
Adam, Grandfather, forged will of, 271.
Æneas goes to hell, 214.
Æolus, à seller of money, as is sup-

posed by some, 215,
Æschylus, a saying of, 199, note.
Alligator, a decent one conjectured to

be, in some sort, humane, 220.
Allsmash, the eternal, 286.
Alphonso the Sixth of Portugal, tyran-

nical act of, 221.
Ambrose, Saint, excellent (but ration-

alistic) sentiment of, 193.
“ American Citizen," new compost so

called, 215.
American Eagle, a source of inspira-

tion, 196- hitherto wrongly classed,

199.-long bill of, ib.
Americans bebrothered, 265.
Amos cited, 193.
Anakim, that they formerly existed,

shown, 221.
Angels providentially speak French,

189 - conjectured to be skilled in all

tongues, ib.
Anglo-Saxondom, its idea, what, 188.
Anglo-Saxon mask, 188.
Anglo-Saxon race, 187.
Anglo-Saxon verse, by whom carried to

perfection, 186.
Antiquaries, Royal Society of North-

ern, 289.
Antonius, a speech of, 194— by whom

best reported, ib.

Antony of Padua, Saint, happy in his

hearers, 275.
Apocalypse, beast in, magnetic to theo-

logians, 209.
Apollo, confessed mortal by his own

oracle, 209.
Apollyon, his tragedies popular, 206.
Appian, an Alexandrian, not equal to

Shakespeare as an orator, 194.
Applause, popular, the summum bo-

num, 291.
Ararat, ignorance of foreign tongues

is an, 200.
Arcadian background, 216.
Ar c'houskezik, an evil spirit, 275.
Ardennes, Wild Boar of, an ancestor

of Rev. Mr. Wilbur, 254.
Aristocracy, British, their natural

pathies, 280.
Aristophanes, 192.
Arms, profession of, once esteemed,

especially that of gentlemen, 185.
Arnold, 195.
Ashland, 216.
Astor, Jacob, a rich man, 211.
Astræa, nineteenth century forsaken
Athenians, ancient, an institution of,

Atherton, Senator, envies the loon, 202.
“ Atlantic,” editors of. See Neptune.
Atropos, a lady skilful with the scis

sors, 304
Austin, Saint, profane wish of, 1951

note -- prayer of, 254.
Austrian eagle split, 295:
Aye-Aye, the, an African animal,
America supposed to be settled by,

B., a Congressman, vide A.
Babel, probably the first Congress, 200

- a gabble-mill, ib.

by, 215.

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