to prep, prefix also de*, the EDD the 12, with day,
morn, night, &c 'this, to-' general, POOLE Glossary ... of Forth and
Bargy (1867), p. 118 t' year 'this year' Wxf, ADD the 5 'this; to-' for sense
1; EDD once 1 (13) to once w cty, Do, ADD to 4 to once for sense 2.
1 The present (time period); the coming (time period).
1888 HOWLEY MS Reminiscences 15 It is really too bad, we may
not get such good chances [to shoot game] again the season. [c1894] PANL P4/14, p. 200
To year is this year, used like today, tonight, tomorrow. 'I ain't had a cruise
to-year.' 1898 Christmas Bells 16 All he tells we is the Queen ain't sent out
enough money for the poor widdies to year, because she've had a poor voyage
too. 1907 DUNCAN 117 There wasn't ar another man landed by the mail-boat the day, was
they? P 229-67 We'll go in berry pickin' the mar. M 68-20 I don't spose there's e'er
store open the day, is there? P 245-76 We didn't have much snow the year an' I'm afraid
we may have no rain the summer.
2 Phr the once, to ~
[da 'wons]: as soon as possible, right away; DIRECTLY; in a short while.
1861 Harper's xxii, 753 She let go her two anchors to onst.
1896 J A Folklore ix, 25 The use of to, as meaning this, as in
to-day ... is continued in ... to once for at once.  GRENFELL 123 So
I took it that the splint fitted, and was able to insist on Pat getting a nap 'to oncst.'
1937 DEVINE 51 The onceat once. T 80/2-64 And the once, see, I get sick. Smoking, I
suppose, and glutching the smoke. T 222-66 If we are going to do something almost
immediately we would say we are going to do it de once. T 309-66 He started off next
morn. Got to this pond. Stowed away and looked away to the mountain top. The once he seen
this little cloud, you know, risin'. P 17-69 The rackly means 'the once.'