[from A Vocabulary of the Anglo-Manx Dialect, 1924]

A VOCABULARY OF THE ANGLO-MANX DIALECT

NOTE—
B. The Rev.
T. E. Brown.
C. Miss
Josephine Kermode (‘ Cushag ‘).

Q

The letter 'q' is sometimes dropped and 'wh'substituted:-Askin whestions and navar waitin for answers. On the other hand 'q' is often prefixed to words which properly begin with ' wh' :-Quistle a lil harder, i. e. whistle a little louder.

QUAALTAGH, QUALTAGH [] (Mx., lit.' one who meets'), the first person met, especially the first person met on New Year's Day, first-foot.
I don't want to be nobody's quaaltagh-all the bad luck o' the year would be put on me for it, and I don't want to be the blame of it.
When the qualtagh gorr in, He was sarved with some gin; When the qualtagh went out, He said, ' May you keep stout!'

QUART [], seven pounds in wool-weight. She got two quarts o' wool and carded it in rowls.

QUARTHER [], 'quarter'; district.
She cut it up in three halves, and then again in six quarthers. I navar hard a wharther o' wharr he said.
I don't know none o' the ones tha's livin in them quarthars.

QUARTHERLAN [],'quarterland', the fourth part of a treen or townland.
A thremenjus big farrim, aw, the whole of a quartherlan. The commons, the quarterlands, the cess, intacks, easements, and all the rest (B.).

QUARTRON, Obs. A division of land.
In the Rent Roll of 1511 the majority hold only a ' quartron' of land, and there are others holding a ' half-quartron' or even less. The 'quartron' varied in area from 250 acres to 50 acres, and a treen might contain six, five, or any less number of quartrons.

QUAT, QUART, QWHAT [],'what'.
Quat was it ? Quhat did ye say ? Qua's doin on ye now ? Quarr is it ? The inquisitive some people is-notion but ' gwat ? wwhat ? gwat ? '

QUARE, QUITE (Sc. Wor.) [],'quiet'.
Less noise-be quate this minute ! As quite as a mouse in my stockingfeet (B.).

QUEEDN [], 'Queen'.
Aw, the Lady she was ! Ma word! th' oul' Queedn that is gone.

QUEEL [] (Mx. queeyl), 'wheel'.
Look, Masther, one d yer queeys is all goin roun'! (Said by children to country drivers of carts.)
Tremenjus clavar at a clock-knows every quheel and pinion (pinion).

QUEELBARRA []. Wheelbarrow.
Fit to charm the heart of a queelbarra (said in derision).

QUEN, QUHEN, QWHEN [], 'when'.
Quen will I do it ? Quhen did ye see him las' ? He wants to know the
whole bun of it-gwhen, and gwhy, and gwhere. ,

QUERE, QUHERE, QWHERE [], 'where'.
Quere are you for? Quhere hev ye purrit? Qwhere it's gone to, I dun know in my senses.

QUES' [], 'quest', search, trace out.
Let's ques' with the dog over yandher (B.).
She's got the whole Clues' o' the sthreet, i, e. she knows all that goes on from end to end of the street.

QUEY, KAY [], 'key', mood, frame of mind.
What quey is he in to-day? She's in a mortal good quey to-day-what's goin to happen ?
He's in a good kay, and you mus' thry and keep him that way.

QUIGGAL [] (Mx.), distaff.
The quiggal and the queel, The rhollan and the reel.

QUILE, QUHILE, QWHILE [], while'.
Jus' wait a lil guile till I'm ready. He sat a quhile with me for company lek. It's a gwhile since I seen him.

QUILL [], a spool on which weft is wound for placing on the shuttle. See Cuill.
Many's the time I've helped the fiddher (weaver) to fill the quills.

QUIN [], ' whin '.
There's a quin gory undher her nail and made it bail (fester).

QUINKLE [], 'twinkle'.
He comes in wis a quinkle in his eye.
' Quinkle, winkle, little star, Whut a wundher how you are.'

QUIP, QWHIP [], 'whip'.
If avar I see that rascal cumin here I'll take a quip to him and slash him home again. A gwhip is what he's wantin tuk to him.

QUILL, QUHIRL, QWHIRL [ ], 'whirl'.
He quirled on his toes like a merry-andher (merry-andrew).
She was spinnin, and the queel goin roun' with a quhirl like the win'.
The airs of yandher one, and the gwirls, and the curls, and the capers altogether.

QUISKER [], 'whisker'.
Ye'II aisy know him-he's a man with red quiskers roun' his chin.

QUISKY, QWHISKY [], 'whisky'.
She was washin her cheek with quisky for the arrisippelas (erysipelas), and it was doin a power o' good.
Too much gwhisky tha's goin !

QUISS [], 'twist'.
There's no quiss hardly in this thread. Jus' quis' roan' and le's hev a look
at thee. He's chawin quiss tumbahca (twist tobacco).

QUISTLE, QUISSEL [ ], 'whistle'.
Quistle, and I'll come to ye. W'll get music urrov a tin quissel if ye knaw the road to do it.
A quis'lin woman and a crawin hen
Would dhrive the divil out of his den.
(Both are considered unlucky-the whistling of the woman foretells storm, the crowing of the hen foretells death or ill news.)

QUITE, QUHITE, QWHITE [], 'white'.
Is it quite or black it is? The sheets was bleached as quhite as quhite.
Tommy Qwhite,
He navar goes sthrite,
And do you knaw the for?
He folla's his nose
Weeravar he goes,
And it's crooky that always wor.

QUIVER [], 'quaver'; shake; brag.
Crotchats and quivers and shimmy-quivers too, there wasn a dote o' music he didn know.
He roored and he shoutit, and he quivered the fist (B.). Them Douglas chaps 'd be talkin and quiverin there (B.).

QUOP, QWHOP [], 'whop'; 'whipped', snatched.
If thou don't mind out I'll quop thee till thou don't knaw thee head from thee heels.
He gwhop it up like lightnin.

QWHUCH [], 'which'.
Qwhuch would ye rather, an ahpple or an or'nge?

QWHY, QUHY [], 'why'.
Aw, Margat, gwhy won't thou have me?-and me ready with the ring.


 

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