Written in Black and Wight: I Love U

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



This week is the letter U. I love U. Unfortunately as a vowel it was rather redundant with the letter 'A' all-but able to suffice for most vowel needs. Believe it or not, this week's quiz features every letter beginning with U featured in 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) or Isle of Wight Dialect by Jack Lavers MBE (1988).

That said, here is a brief description of the use of the words 'Um', 'Un', 'Ur' and 'Ut' according to the Smiths, although Percy Stone usually uses 'Em' and 'En' etc:

  • Um: them.
  • Un: him, of it, of him, thus:
    • Lat un alooan: let him alone.
    • There's un dree un um: there are three of them.
    • What wull ye zill un vor?: what will you sell it for ?
    • I zid noo moor un: I saw more of him.
  • Un um: of them
  • Un un: of him
  • Un ur: of her.
  • Un ut: of it.

Quick Fire Round: The Only Way is Up


Can You match the correct words from the meanings listed below?

Isle of Wight

UpalongQuarrel or disagreement
Up-on-endStepped stone block used to mount a horse
Upper-stockBe an even match for
Upper-chockFall over, suffer an upset
UptipUpright or perpendicular
UpzettenStepped wooden block used to mount a horse
Upzides Wi'Going forwards

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?


  • Someone who doubts the existence of Father Christmas.
  • Careless or heedless.
  • Ignorant or unaware.


  • A bee trapped indoors.
  • Someone riding a unicycle.
  • Without someone's knowledge.


  • Very.
  • Posh and/or stuck up.
  • Someone opposed to the European Common Market.


  • Someone who is unusually short.
  • Travelling through the Ryde tunnel.
  • Hell.


  • Perhaps not.
  • Hapless, unlucky.
  • Unfasten.


  • Change a toilet door lock from 'Engaged' to 'Vacant'.
  • Unharness.
  • To rescue someone who is caught or trapped.


  • To give poor advice.
  • To be unable to read.
  • Not fully cooked.


  • To thaw.
  • To say the weather is getting very cold or be frozen.
  • To mark a trail or object with ice or snow.


  • The colour of the Solent.
  • Of.
  • An oven.

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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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