Written in Black and Wight: K

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The quiz series dedicated to the Isle of Wight's dialect continues! Many words and everyday examples of their use in years gone by has been preserved in A Dictionary of Isle of Wight Dialect by WH Long (1886) and Isle of Wight Dialect by Jack Lavers (1988)1.


This week is words beginning with K. K today is often added to the ends of words instead of 'G', turning 'anything' into 'anythink'. But what words start with a K, eh?

Isle of Wight

Quick Fire Round

Can You correctly identify which is the correct meaning of these words and phrases?

KeelA cart
KeertTo finish work
K[I]keRetch or Choke
KindyString for tying up sacks
KissencrustsTo gape at
Knock OffBread that stuck together when baked

Main Round

Isle of Wight

Can You identify which of the three meanings is the correct one for the words below? We'll start with a couple of easy ones that aren't unique to the Isle of Wight.

Kittle O' Fish

  • Another fine mess.
  • Kippers.
  • Hot drink made from boiling dried seaweed.


  • Condition.
  • A helter skeleter.
  • Tartan skirt traditionally worn by locals.


  • Flatulance
  • Windpipe
  • A cream horn pastry cake.


  • Local pub
  • Coin.
  • To be better or superior.


  • Lead weight thrown in orchards to knock branches and encourage fruit to drop.
  • A clown
  • Kaput and clapped out.


  • Flowers becoming fruit.
  • The next generation's wharf master's brother.
  • Feeling seasick on the Isle of Wight ferry.

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Map of the Isle of Wight in words.
A - B - C - D - E - F
G - H - I - J - K
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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 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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