Welcome to the 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.
This edition is in glorious 4D, being issue 4 and dedicated to the letter 'D' – so put on your reading glasses and let the magic begin. Each word is followed by a choice of definitions, one of which is correct. But which is it? Oh, the tension!
This week is words beginning with D, a letter that was often used to replace 'Th'.
- Someone who is dancing.
- Someone who caulks the bottom of ships' holds to keep them watertight.
- Someone who is proficient at something.
- The inhabitants of Sandown.
- Ducks and other birds commonly found on the downs.
- An exact likeness.
- A horse, cow etc with a spotty coat of fur.
- Gently applying ointment in order to alleviate pain.
- An abandoned, derelict shipwreck.
- This instant.
- A (normally steam-powered) threshing-machine used at harvest.
Devil's Dancen Hours
- All Hallow's Eve.
- The winter solstice.
- A pre-breakfast snack.
- Leather reins connecting a horse collar to the mouthpiece.
- Skin hanging beneath the neck of cattle.
- To make holes to plant seeds in.
- To cheat or swindle.
- A large marble.
- Wedge-like tool used to crack limestone blocks to the right size.
- To break and destroy.
- A thick, dark and dismal fog or sea mist.
- A barmaid (sometimes used with implications of prostitute).
- A fine, dry sand used to scour items, also sandpaper.
- A bird.
- Edible puffball mushroom.
- Someone silly, clumsy or lacking in common sense.
- A round cake filled with jam.
- A narrow passage between two buildings.
- Netting used to get onto and off of ships berthed at the tidal Newport quay.
- Small three-sided shelter found on medium-sized fishing ships.
- Lace-making tool.
- A child's spinning-top.
- The bottom of a door.
- A large stone with a hole in exposed at low tide in the tidal Newtown Estuary that women suspected of witchcraft were tied to2.
- A children's game in which a small stone was balanced on a large stone, the aim being to knock the stone off by throwing stones at it.
- An egg.
- Respected village elder considered quite wise.
- A bumblebee.
- Uneven surface or trip hazard.
- Sea currents and eddies.
- Thighs, the bit of legs between hips and knees.
- An object weighs dwyes when it is heavier than normal having become wet.
Click on the picture for the answers!