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It's another quiz round dedicated to the Isle of Wight's dialect1.


This week is the letter T.

Quick Fire Round: Sizing Things Up


Can You match the correct words regarding size, shapes and other measures from those listed below?

Isle of Wight

TaffetyThe Whole
TarnelVery small
Three Parts GoneGreat or very much
Tiddy / TittyExact, Perfect Size
To-RightsVery, extremely
TostikeyatedKeg containing four gallons of spirit
TurnVery big

Main Round

Isle of Wight

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



  • Sticky food eaten on Tuesdays.
  • Someone who is tactful.
  • Food and drink

Tape Taker

  • Mole Catcher
  • Someone who embroiders cross stitch or tapestry.
  • Pig farmer who looks after small pigs with long, flexible snouts.

Tee Hole

  • A tea room or cafĂ©.
  • Golf course.
  • Entrance to bee hive.

Tember Britches

  • Coffin
  • Thick leather dungarees, worn with the smock vrock.
  • Crutches and/or wooden leg.

Thirt Auver / Thirtover

  • Cross, ill-tempered.
  • Quenching your thirst.
  • The unlucky number that is one more than twelve that will bring bad luck if mentioned until salt is thrown over your shoulder.

Thizzle spitter

  • Damp, wet weather.
  • Tool to uproot thistles
  • Small dish for inedible bits of gristle to be put in.


  • To thread a needle.
  • Donkey-powered treadmill, such as at Carisbrooke Castle's well.
  • Tracks made by a cart or pony trap.


  • Adult who sucks their thumb.
  • Courser, a swift and strong horse.
  • Thatcher.


  • Thumb-sized thimble.
  • To thrash, punch or thump, especially a poor, defenceless animal.
  • Small bit of meat or cheese eaten on bread.

Tip Out

  • To pour.
  • Money given to the maids working in a tea-room.
  • A compost heap.


  • A Russian horseman.
  • Seasickness.
  • Cough.


  • Tollerably
  • Charge for passing a turnpike tollgate.
  • To ring a bell or make another loud noise.


  • Someone who lives in a town
  • Someone who finds water using a forked stick.
  • A tall tower.


  • Someone selling drapes and curtains.
  • To walk while slouching to no purpose.
  • Someone who traps animals, especially a poacher.


  • What there may be ahead, but while there's music and moonlight and love and romance, let's face the music and dance.
  • To trundle or roll.
  • Time of a woman's travail (labour).


  • A turnip
  • A termite.
  • Term end.


  • A tutor, also a lesson.
  • Bunch of flowers.
  • Totty, a desirable woman.


  • Nonsense.
  • It was not.
  • The night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was flying, not even a rattlemouse.


  • Whistle.
  • Armful of firewood.
  • A jerky movement or short, sharp spasm of pain.


  • Taut twine and tin can-based social media network.
  • Miscellaneous messages randomly issued by an authority figure.
  • Nervous Excitement.

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Map of the Isle of Wight in words.
A - B - C - D - E - F - G
H - I - J - K - L -
N - O - P - Q - R - S - T
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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 MBE (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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