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What does “An' hoo says hoo can tell when hoo's hurt” mean in this context?

Gareth Rees gives the meaning and derivation of the pronoun “hoo” (= “she”) in his answer to another question about this very stanza. According to John Harland, in his 1875 Ballads and Songs of ...
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What does "Hoo's fully resolved t' sew up meawth an' eend" mean in "Mary Barton"?

The main difficulty is the pronoun “hoo” meaning “she”: hoo Now English regional (chiefly west midlands and south-western). A. pron. The subjective case of the feminine third person singular pronoun. ...
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What does "for bad's come over her" mean in this context?

It means "for something bad has come over her." What exactly does that mean? It's really vague (since Barton doesn't know what happened), but the general meaning is that something bad has ...
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