A - 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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ABEAR or ABIDE, to bear, or endure; generally used negatively: "I can't abear him".
ABOUT, for near. "That's nothing about the size".
ABOVE A BIT, very much. "He s'oore above a bit."
ABROADYDAY, out of doors, in the open air. Used in speaking to small children.
ACCOUNT, in the expression "I made account to 'a' told you," = I intended to have told you.
ACHAIR, ajar. A.S. on cyrr, on the turn.
ADONE, for done. "I shall do the same as I allus have adone."
AFEARD, afraid.
AFORE, for before.
AFTER, used somewhat in the sense of about, in such a sentence as "He's after doing his work"
AFTER, TO, to follow. "He aftered me."
AFTERMATH, LATTERMATH; the former is rather a second crop of hay; the latter is rather the feed; but the two words are actually synonymous. Mr. Gurney explains both words as the second crop of grass after the first mowing, and either for grazing or cutting.
AGATE, in use, = "going". "We got (= have) fo-wer beds agate in our 'ouse."
AGGED, haggard.
AGGLE-CART (see also Haggle-cart), to cart wood. Halliwell gives as the second meaning of Haggle, to cut irregularly: so aggle-carting would mean carrying wood as first cut in the rough, before it is shaped.
AGGLED, for HAGGLED. Draggled, made untidy, untidy, disreputable; generally as a consequence of weather.
AGIN, for over-against; near, or opposite.
AGONE, older form of the abbreviated ago.
AGREEABLE, compliant. "I'm agreeable," = "I consent," or "I approve".
AH, according to the inflection of the voice, has at least three distinct meanings: (decidedly) "yes," "that there is!" (doubtfully) "perhaps"; (interrogatively) "eh?".
AIL, the distemper in dogs, ferrets, etc.
AIRN, or YARN, to earn.
AIRYWIG, earwig. ARRYWIG. "If there gits a arrywig's bristle in it, that there old 'sheen (= machine) gooes wrong."
AKKARD, OKKERD, for awkward; not in its ordinary sense of clumsy, but cross-grained, perverse.
ALL, = quite; altogether. "It's all a rum start." See under Casualty.
ALL A GOOIN' ALONG O' TIME; If anything slightly untoward happens, it is considered "philosophical" to say it is "all agooin' along o' time."
ALL ABOUT, used ironically. "You are all about a man."
ALL ACCORDING, = it depends. "It's all according how he likes it".
ALL UNDER ONE, all together, at the same time.
ALLUS, for always.
ALM, haulm, the straw of peas, etc. AS Healm. See YEALM.
AMES for HAMES, the hooks on a cart to which the traces are fastened, and also in the ordinary sense of the metal part of a horse-collar. Should probably be hames, from L. hamus through the French.
ANCIENT (pronounced ann-), used to intensify old. "It's very old and anncient".
ANEUST, nearly, is in common use, but as I cannot recollect ever personally heard it used, I have not put it in its ordinary place [Webeditor note - item now included in alphabetic list, unlike original publication]. Mr. John Parker, F.S.A., kindly informs me that he remembers his father (the author of the well-known "History of Wycombe"), quoting a man who had remarked that something was "very much aneust the matter," which he would interpret as "very much to the point."
ANEUST THE MATTER [the following was added as an addition to the definition of ANEUST above, in the second list of Bucks words by Alfred Cocks] I have frequently heard this expression used since the first of these papers was published, but even now have not a perfectly clear idea of its force. It is, however, I think, entirely tautological, and is perhaps much the same as "With reference to so and so," or "apropos of so and so," or "talking of so and so reminds me of," etc.
ANEW, ENOW, the plural of enough. "'Ad ye got anew clo'es on yer bed?"
ANY, for at all; e.g. " Do it come any ?" " No, it ar'n't moved any as I can see."
ANY ROAD, at all events, in any case. "Whether 'e do, or dooan't, I sholl, any rooad."
ANYHOW. "It's all anyhow," i.e., in disorder (see No-how).
ANYTHINK, for anything.
APT, inclined, disposed. "I be apt to think."
ARGISOME, argumentative, quarrelsome.
ARGLE, ARGUEFY, TO, to argue, dispute, chaffer.
ARRAND, or ARRANT, errand. "'E runs arrants."
AS, for which, or that. "That's just the one as I wanted"; "Not as I knows on."
AS EVER WAS, used pleonastically. "Last We'n'sday as ever was."
ASK, ash (from fire) (rare).
AST, TO, to ask. AX is occasionally used, especially when angry. "I axed ye a civil question, di'n't I?"
ATHIRT (for athwart), across.
'ATOMY, for anatomy; very thin, almost a skeleton.
AUGHT, anything. "Ay, for aught I knows;" "I don't owe him aught."
AW ROIGHT, for all right.
AX, for ask. See also AST, TO.
AYPERN, apron.
AYSACKLE, icicle.