Monday, November 08, 2010

The Word-Hoard: Cothish


"Faint, sickly, ailing. It is amply justified by modern and very frequent use. A dog is said to cothy when he is meek and delicate. [From] cothe, to faint. (Robert Forby's Vocabulary of East Anglia, 1830)

"Morose, uncouth; East Anglia, Norfolk." (James Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1896-1905)

"The springs in the New Forest are said 'to cothe' the sheep - that is, to disease their livers." (J.R. Wise's New Forest, 1880)

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