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This is a quiz series dedicated to the Isle of Wight's dialect, as preserved in various publications1.


Yes, I know that I've kept you desperately waiting for a P for over a week.

Quick Fire Round

Can You correctly identify which is the correct meaning for these animal-related words below?

Isle of Wight

PalmerRabbit Hole
PincherwigAnimal scrotum
PissabedParcels of Corn
Polly DishwasherCaterpiller
Pop HoleEarwig
Pur LambDandelion
PussMale lamb

Main Round

There are three possible answers listed for each word below, but only one is correct. So you gotta ask yourself one question, 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?


From the expression on his face, I'll take it that the punk does indeed feel lucky.


  • High spirited and lively.
  • Type of tree favoured by partridges in December.
  • Seaside structure that juts into the water allowing people to promenade and/or access ferries.

Pecky and Mimfy

  • The two Needle rocks at the Needles.
  • Someone who is fastidious, fussy and delicate regarding what they eat.
  • Types of woodpecker.


  • Hæmorrhoids.
  • Shoplifting and hiding stolen goods in underwear.
  • Stingy.


  • Large saw.
  • Round food made from dough, cheese and tomatoes.
  • Sweaty armpits.


  • Sound made by an up-ending duck.
  • Block of wood.
  • To fall in a faint.


  • Prying and also wasting time.
  • Hæmorrhoids.
  • Fixing a cart's wheel spokes.


  • Hæmorrhoids.
  • Explosive sneeze.
  • Large pebble

Pot Liquor

  • Hot beer, particularly porter, warmed in a lidded tankard.
  • Water in which food, such as meat and vegetables, has boiled.
  • Lobster pot.

Pride o'the Mornen

  • Foggy or drizzling morning before a fine day.
  • Early morning dew.
  • LGBT+ events that took place before nammet time.


  • A Marsh-wiggle, father of Puddleglum.
  • Clubfoot, also a clumsy person.
  • To violently kick someone, also a pommel horse.


  • A blimp, airship or balloon.
  • The wearing of clothes, what you have upon yer.
  • To read a book.


  • With a proviso.
  • A supervisor.
  • Someone who spreads gossip.

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Map of the Isle of Wight in words.
A - B - C - D - E - F
G - H - I - J - K - L
M - N - O - P
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1These include A Glossary of Isle of Wight Words by Major Henry Smith and Charles Roach Smith (1876), A Dictionary of Isle of Wight Dialect by WH Long (1886), Isle of Wight Dialect by Jack Lavers (1988), 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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