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wooset, husset


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A form of rough music, reported from the Berkshire/Wiltshire/ Somerset area, under a variety of variant spellings and pronunciations—wooset, husset, housset, hooset, and so on. The main distinguishing feature was the ‘Wooset’—a horse's head with snapping jaws and added horns, carried in procession on a pole.

Compare also HOBBY HORSES, OOSER.

Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 1 (1854), 88–9;EDD (1902), iii, under ‘Hooset’;Major B. Lowsley, A Glossary of Berkshire Words and Phrases (1888), 92.


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