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Welcome to what is the penultimate quiz round dedicated to the Isle of Wight's dialect1 - and I can tell you for Y.


Y oh Y oh Y is this the penultimate round?

Quick Fire Round: Y Fronts

Isle of Wight

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

Isle of Wight

Yarm Yours
Yate Ale
YealEgg yolk
Yelk Turn left
Yet Early
Yourn Eat

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?

Yallow Bwoys

  • Candlewax.
  • Sovereigns or guineas.
  • Yachties' racing marks.

Yallow Janders

  • Type of male goose.
  • Gooseberry jam.
  • Jaundice


  • Binding a bargain.
  • Handbag for carrying children in.
  • Yeast used to make alcoholic beverages.


  • Ye of little faith.
  • To agree, say yea or yes.
  • Earth and soil.


  • A Japanese money lender.
  • To beat until tender.
  • Yonder.


  • Apron
  • Noise made by a small dog.
  • To be sycophantic or a yes-man.


  • Gossip
  • A wallop, to be hit.
  • A dollop or splodge.


  • Someone who, when offered to be given a full-course dinner, prefers to eat fat-free yoghurt and fruit instead.
  • Gabble, unnecessary talk.
  • An unlocal yokel from the mainland.


  • Grumbling.
  • For a married man to be found spending time in the company of a much younger woman.
  • A group of hooligans.


  • Mythical creatures that leave babies in cabbage patches.
  • Trouser straps to stop rodents climbing up where you don't want them.
  • Spending the day climbing up and down downs 'til you're neither up nor down.

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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 the novels of Mary Gleed Tuttiett (1846-1923), 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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