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Once more we quickly look at the quirky but quintessential quiz series dedicated to the Isle of Wight's dialect1.


This week is the letter Q, which I believe to be my good friend SashaQ's favourite.

Cure Me Quick!

Green with seasickness

Even on the Isle of Wight, people get ill. In fact, the smiley above suffered from seasickness so much, he's turned green! Can You identify the correct diagnoses for these ailments below?

Isle of Wight

QuammishSore throat
QuamerGrunt or sigh
QualmsTo be sick and ill-tempered
Queal InDeath throes
QueerFeeling sick, especially seasick
QuerkThrob with pain
QuinzerDry, shrivel up, be limp or flabby
QuopGo to bed

How to Make A Caulkhead's Quilt

Invisible Man wearing shades

At the end of October when autumn starts hinting that winter is getting closer, quilts are very handy. And on the Isle of Wight, the word Quilt is even handier, having numerous meanings. But which of the following meanings is false?

  • To be frightened and shaking.
  • To subdue someone else.
  • To beat and/or thrash.
  • A pen made from a feather.
  • A ball tied with twine
  • Exhausted
  • Unfit for work.

Main Round

There are three possible answers listed for each word below, but only one is correct. Can You guess which is right?

Isle of Wight


  • Quart of ale.
  • To quake; also a quail.
  • To qualify for a task.


  • Country invaded by Iraq.
  • Quoits, a throwing game.
  • Something that is very heavy.


  • Dried bread often eaten with cheese.
  • A duck.
  • Christmas decoration containing a silly hat.


  • Deciding whether to stay home or attempt to go to work when it snows.
  • Birth control.
  • A polite speech or gesture.


  • A red squirrel.
  • A windowpane.
  • Coral, as located at Sandown Bay's tropical reef.


Also Quile.

  • Curl up like a snake, to coil.
  • Noise a pig makes.
  • A distorted wheel with out of true spokes.


  • Thorny hedge.
  • A rustic dance.
  • Sauce made from garlic and watercress.


  • To make a fuss over irrelevancies.
  • Dangerous game played with broomsticks.
  • A violin.


  • The Queen, and/or a good wife.
  • A mighty Eskimo who comes without and comes within that you won't see nothing like.
  • A coin.

Queer as Dick's Hatband

  • To be in a melancholy and moody mood.
  • To be a dedicated follower of fashion.
  • To get a head start at a task.


  • A boggy, marshy area and/or quicksand.
  • Corn on the cob.
  • The minimum number of angry people needed to be present to be officially considered a mob rather than a gathering.


  • The raven Nevermore.
  • To repeat what someone said.
  • To sit down, especially to squat.

Click on the picture for the answers!

Map of the Isle of Wight in words.
A - B - C - D - E - F
G - H - I - J - K - L
M - N - O - P - Q
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1Preserved in publications including 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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