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A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect

A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect

A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect


The Reverend W.D. Parish, with introduction by Lynne Truss


Written and compiled by the Reverend W.D. Parish, vicar of Selmeston (pronounced ‘Simpson’), the Dictionary is a fascinating insight into how we might have sounded nearly 150 years ago. This fascinating book was brought to our attention by Sophie Collins, the Schott of Sussex. An edition of this seminal Sussex work was brought out 50 years ago, with additions and expansions by one Helena Hall. Snake River Press is going back to basics, and offering an exciting new version of the Reverend Parish’s original, unexpurgated work. With Lynne Truss as our guide and mentor we can’t go wrong and, who knows, we may even be able to revive a few authentic Sussexisms!

Key Points
  • Authentic facsimile of the original edition.
  • Introduction by Lynne Truss.

ISBN: 978-1-906022-15-0, 187mm x 115mm, 96 pages, 30,000 words, 20 specially commissioned illustrations plus map, hardback, marker ribbon

The Reverend W.D. Parish

The Reverend W.D. Parish was the vicar of Selmeston; although not a great deal is known about him, he seemed to be more interested in lexicography than soul saving, noting down Sussex usage from old lays and even the smugglers who stored contraband in the church crypt.

Lynne Truss

Although born in Surrey, Lynne Truss has impeccable Sussex credentials, as she is a long-time Brighton resident, is on the board of the Charleston Trust, is a Patron of the Asham Trust, has an honorary degree from the University of Brighton and has written a critical introduction to Cold Comfort Farm, Sussex’s literary classic. As the author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, she is the ideal person to introduce us into the world of the Reverend W.D. Parish

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