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Yep, it's another entry in the quiz series dedicated to the Isle of Wight's dialect, as preserved in A

Dictionary of Isle of Wight Dialect
by WH Long (1886) and Isle of Wight Dialect by Jack Lavers



This week is words beginning with I. I know what you're thinking – I is a vowel. What is the

point of having more vowels when you already have the multi-purpose letter A? Sadly, there are fairly few

examples of words beginning with this letter, so it is a short quiz this week.

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Quick-Fire Round

This round has examples of things named 'Isle of Wight _?', but the correct meaning isn't next to the right

word. Can You correctly identify which is which?

Isle of Wight CalvesMoth
Isle of Wight DogCheese
Isle of Wight HelleborineCormorant
Isle of Wight ParsonDull-witted man
Isle of Wight RockBryony
Isle of Wight VineOrchid
Isle of Wight WaveLaziness

Of course, Isle of Wight Rock now normally describes a hard stick-like confectionery sold at seaside


Main Round

Isle of Wight

Can You identify which of the three meanings is the correct one for the words below?


  • Someone who is saucy, wanton and/or flippant.
  • Someone who always looks on the bright side of life.
  • Statue of the Island's local deity, the Great Randini.


  • Small, local tree-climbing lizard.
  • An egg
  • Small domed house made out of bales of straw.


  • Entrails.
  • Something indecent.
  • To enclose.


  • Someone who never leaves the pub.
  • Someone who is insensitive.
  • Howsoever.


  • Onions.
  • Indians – the wild, untamed natives of the West Wight.
  • A dedicated follower of fashion and/or trend setter.


  • Colourful.
  • Iron.
  • Barbed wire.


  • A sand fairy.
  • Having an itch or the act of scratching.
  • Yet

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1Other dictionaries include A Glossary of Isle of Wight Words by Major Henry Smith and Charles Roach Smith (1876), The Encyclopedia of Isle of Wight Words, Placenames, Legends, Books and

by Edward Turner (1900) and The English Dialect Dictionary ed. Joseph Wright (1906).

Other works include poem A Dream of the Isle of Wight by Mrs Mary Moncrieff (1863) and

Legends and Lays of the Isle of Wight by Percy Goddard Stone, (1911).

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