K - 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..
KEECH, to dip water (as with a bucket). A writer in the S. Bucks Free Press during the drought in July 1893, complains of the filthy condition of four ponds in the Naphill district (Hughenden parish, close to Bradenham), "all public keech ponds."
KEEP, grazing for cattle. Also, means food, support, of a person. "'E ain't wu'th his keep."
KELP, TO, to yelp, of dogs.
KELL, the caul, or great omentum; a net-like membrane on the intestines. The kell of pigs is used for the covering of fagots (which see).
KERNEL, a swelling on the flesh. On my enquiring of a labourer after his wife, who was ill, he replied that he did not know what was the matter with her, but she had come out all over kernels.
KIBBLE, TO, to walk as with sore feet (= kibed feet), to hobble, walk lamely. A KIBBLER = a lame horse.
KICK-UP, a frolic. "we had a rare kick-up."
KID, the pod of peas and beans. Also, a child.
KIL', a kiln.
KILL-WEATHER FAIR, an expression for hard weather.
KIND, said of fruits, the opposite of rough in taste: sweet, mellow. "The damson is kinder nor the prune is."
KINDER (for, a kind of), as it were, so to speak. "He was kinder silly-like."
KING. "He's a king of a man to what he was."
KING'S CROWN, the peacock butterfly (Vanessa Io).
KINGFISHERS, see Lady's Fingers.
KINSMAN (usually pronounced kinman), generally used for a cousin, not often for other relations.
KIP, the flat rush-basket used by fishmongers, etc. Elsewhere, skep.
KISSING-GATE, a gate swinging in a V-shaped or semi-circular piece of fence. So called either because the gate kisses first one side and then the other of the fence, or because such gates are favourite meeting-places for lovers.
KISS-ME-I'-THE-CORNER, KISS-I'-MY-CORNER, the Southernwood or Lad's Love, or "Old Man" (Artemisia abrotanum).
KIVVER, to cover.
KNELL, knelling bees is beating an old pan while they are swarming, formerly considered an indispensable ceremony.
KNOCK UP A ROW, TO, to make a noise.
KNOWED, for knew. "I never knowed it."
KURLICK, charlock (Sinapis arvensis). AS cerlice.