V - Buckinghamshire Vocabulary

The following list of words are quoted from three articles published in the "Records of Buckinghamshire" by Alfred Heneage Cocks, M.A, between 1897 and 1909 (some editing has been used to produce a unified list). See the introduction for further details..

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VARJES, verjuice, the juice of any green (unripe) fruit. "Sour as varjes."
VIOLITES. Mr. Gurney has been told that it is only of late years that violets have been called anything but violites in the Ivinghoe neighbourhood; the children used to say they were going violiting. Pansies were never known by that name, but were heart's ease, a name now generally reserved for the small wild variety. The red dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum) was sometimes called Honey-suckle, as well as the real owner of the name. Wood anemone was wooden-emmeline. Bird's eyes, or bird's-eye, generally applied to the germander speedwell, is also used for the ground ivy when in flower.