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We're now at the tenth 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 (1988)1. Is everyone fed up of it yet?


This week is words – and indeed names - beginning with J.

Isle of Wight

You Know Jack All

Can You correctly identify which is the correct meaning of these name-based phrases?

JackaneyapsChildren's singing game
JackheyarnWeak piglet
Jack In / Jack UpBeing busy but doing nothing useful.
JackragRegular visiting packman or peddler.
Jenny JonesGreat Tit
Joe BenWill o' the wisp
JoeyAn individual in a larger group
Johnny CrapaudHeron
Johnny FortnightlyCoxcomb or dandy
Johnny LentGive Up

Main Round

Isle of Wight

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


  • The first month of the year.
  • Jaundice.
  • Jars to put jam in.


  • Insect found in marshy ground.
  • A song that is stuck in your head.
  • Maggots found inside jars of homemade jam.


  • Word said before the words 'whiz Batman'
  • To give – possibly to give someone some jam.
  • To get on well with and/or agree.


  • Blue, slippery clay.
  • Someone who says 'I like the cut of your jib'.
  • Sauce, juice, syrup or gravy. Or the jam in a doughnut.


  • A measure of spirits and/or jam.
  • Cattle dealer.
  • The Hutt crimelord who ruled Totland Bay.


  • Medicine.
  • Lollipop made out of jam.
  • Flag showing the skull and crossbones.


  • Someone who bumps their head when walking into something lower than they are tall.
  • Foolish, silly person.
  • Someone jilted at the altar when their intended accidentally says someone else's name.


  • Being arrested.
  • A gin and tonic ordered by someone who already has had several.
  • Honest, trustworthy fellow.


  • Someone, often female, who adds herbs and other natural ingredients to home-made jam in order to create remedies for various ailments.
  • Someone from the West Country and/or a country bumpkin.
  • Someone who rudely pushes those around them out of their way.

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