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“I han't been nigh the smittlish consarn,” said the
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(adjective) - (1) Infectious; contagious.
--John Brockett's Glossary of North Country Words, 1825
(2) From the old Saxon smittan, to spot or infect; whence our word smut.
--John Ray's Collection of English Words, 1674
(3) "Get thy saddles off, lad, and come in; 'tis a smittle night for rheumatics."
--Henry Kingsley's Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn, 1859
(4) Smittleness, infection; smittral, infectious; smittock, a particle.
--Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1896-1905
January 14, 2018
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