You've heard of the seven seas, well this week we'll take you on a voyage across the 15 Cs, that is fifteen words from the Isle of Wight that all begin with the third letter of the alphabet.
This is a quiz series dedicated to the Isle of Wight's dialect, preserved in publications including A Dictionary of Isle of Wight Dialect by WH Long (1886) and Isle of Wight Dialect by Jack Lavers (1988)1. Each word is followed by a choice of definitions2, one of which is correct. But which is it? We'll soon 'C3'.
This week is words beginning with C.
- Book with pornographic or shocking content.
- An animal of poor breeding stock and also gone-off meat.
- Waterproof coat worn by fishermen in stormy weather.
- A woman's bonnet.
- A boat large enough to have an enclosed cabin.
- A woven trap used to keep fish, typically carp, in one part of a river.
- A carpenter.
- A chimney.
- Glove worn as finger-protectors when sewing
- An area covered by a thick fog or sea mist.
- The ticking and hand-moving gear noise made by a church clock.
- Deep valley in a cliff caused by erosion from a river where it meets the sea.
- Chinks and fissures.
- Planks used to make a small rowing/fishing boat.
- Chicks, baby chickens.
- Particularly cold, fine rain.
- A nose ring for cattle or pigs.
- To cheat or swindle.
- If something is being 'chuckleheaded' it is a large and/or heavy object being carried by two or more people4.
- Someone lacking in common sense.
- Someone making repeated snorting noises in an attempt to stifle a laugh.
- A wedge used beneath a waggon's wheels on sloping land to prevent it rolling down a Down or off a cliff.
- A sausage sandwich with high gristle content.
- Hard, brittle, locally-made cheese.
- To be scratched by someone, especially a woman.
- Wooden pincers used by shoemakers and saddlers to hold leather while sewing.
- To talk rapidly, especially spreading gossip.
- A rooster's coxcomb.
- To fall head-over-heels.
- Pilot of a rowing boat.
- A milkmaid.
- A small, untidy tuft of hair on your forehead going in the opposite direction to the rest of your hair.
- A waterproof hood worn by fishermen in stormy weather.
- A broken or wrong-sized staff, pitchfork, billhook etc.
- To be ill through over-indulgent eating.
- Woven trap used by fishermen to catch crabs.
- To crash or crush.
- Crisp, cold and bracing.
- The cusp of a cliff or down.
- A cockle, a type of shellfish.
- To walk with a bend, stoop or hobble.
- A cross-shaped support, such as used on boats or as a frame for scarecrows etc.
- Underwater rocks and ledges that can damage the bottom of a boat at low tide.
- To provide moral support in order to convince someone they have the confidence to do something.
- A wretched cur, a dishonest cheating swindler.
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