[from A Vocabulary of the Anglo-Manx Dialect, 1924]
B. The Rev. T. E. Brown.
C. Miss Josephine Kermode ( Cushag ).
Initial is' become 'sh' before long 'u':-shuit (suit), shuett (suet). When
' s' is the last consonant of a word it is often pronounced as if written '
ss' :-nawss (nose). 'is' or 'ss' sometimes takes the place of final 'th' :-mous
(mouth), bross (broth).
When ' s' or ' ss' comes between vowels it is often sounded as ' z' :pozible (possible).
SACKON, SACON [
], 'second', in
He tuk a sacon-han' woman to church, i. e. he married a widow.
SACKOT , a sea-name for a rat.
When ye're on the water ye musn say ' rots' (rats)-you mus' call them i sackots I or else ' uncles'.
SAGGART, SARGAT  (Mx. saggyrt), priest,
We'll see the saggart about that. Her chrissenin name was Juliatta, as fine a name as avar the sargat put on a chile.
SAID , advised.
It's his own way he'll have, and he wont be said (gainsaid). Be said by me.
SAILIN , ' sailing'.
My poor head was goin sailin (swimming).
Sailin-Munda, sailirg Monday, Easter Monday, on which day it was customary to go pleasure sailing :-On Sailin-Munda we'd be gettin a sail across Peel bay for tuppence, and up and down the harbour for a penny.
Sailin on the briaght, sailing on the 'pry' or inquiry :-If another boat was met sallin on the briaght , they would hail one another from boat to boat, ' Were ye provin here, bhoy?' and the reply had to be truthful.
SAINTY ,'saintly', sanctified.
And him lookin that sainty, you'd navar think he'd do the lek.
SALAT , a reprimand.
I got a right salat from her for comin in her cline kitchen with me dirty shoes.
SALLA , 'sallow'.
The gels tha's salla, and skinny and yalla, Is not the gel's tha's shuitin a falla,
SALVATIONER . Salvationist.
Them Salvationers and Halleluia ones is singin hymns tha's like dansin tchoons.
I'll stand Sam, i. e. I will stand treat.
SAMMON-LAPE , salmon leap, an athletic game in which
the player lies flat on his face and then springs up horizontally high in the
When we were playin sammon-lape, we used to clap our hands once when in the air between aech lape.
SAMPHEER , samphire, Crithmum maritinum.
They were gatherin lus-ny-greg (Mx., lit. ' plant of the rocks'), sampheer ye knaw-danger's work it is. They're puttin sampheer in salt and wather and makin pickles of it for relish.
SAMSON , a beverage made of treacle and hops; it was considered
to be a great strengthener.
I remember Uncle sending to the village a large jar to be filled with Samson' for a drink for the people working in the harvest field.
SAN , 'sand'.
Little Alice Andher sittin in the san', Weepin, cryin for her young man. (Children's game.)
'To take the sand', to evade the law by hiding like a sand-eel. Other equivalent expressions are ' To take the headlands' and ' To go in hiddlins'.
SAP  (Mx.), a wisp of hay or straw.
Throw a sap to the cows. I went to the cowhus to gib a sap to the cows.
SARJIN , 'sergeant', the mature coal-fish, Merlangies carbonariüs.
There's not a batther fish goin for saltin and dhryin till a good big sarjin. . :u Isn it a funny thing that they're callin docthors ' sarjins' (surgeons), and soldiers ' sarjins I (sergeants), and fishes ' sarjins I too ?
Blockan, they're saying is young sarjins, an' deed he hev a black stripe down his side like a sarjin.
SARVATORY , 'conservatory'.
The sarvatory, a place built on to the house, in a sort of a 'cess (recess)they're keepin feerins (ferns) there, and the lek of them (B.). And windhers (windows) like a sarvatory (B.). They got up in the worl, and they'd a dhroein-room, and a sarvatory, and a quarium with live fishes in it.
SARVE , 'serve', to feed animals.
She's out sarvin the craythurs. I've got all I want from ye now, so I'll be
off with me like the beggars when they're sarved. Sarve his rights! Fuss come, sarved fuss;
Las' come, sarved wuss.
SATHURDA , Saturday.
He's dhressed all the same, Sathurda and Sunda. A Sathurda's moon
Is seven years too soon.
SAUCY , fastidious.
It's a middlin saucy body that wudn ate it. I'm saucy-hungry to night, i. e. not hungry enough to eat plain food, but requiring the palate to be tempted.
SAUGRAGH, SAWGRAGH  (Mx. socaragh), easy, placid, leisurely.
He's goin along that sawgragh, and talkin that reeghagh-aw, jus' as sof' as butther. The ones that can't say ' saugragh I is sayin ' saudhragh'-more Englified lek.
SARVE, SAWV , 'salve'.
She's makin a sauve of arbs and fresh butther from the churn.
She can make 'sarves (preserves) batther till she can make sauves. Sawvs and 'intments is useful very.
Ye needn come butterin and sauvin me.
SAVADGE , savage.
Grip me savadge, i, e. take a firm hold of me (C.).
SAW , 'sew'.
She's sawin (sewing) the shirt, and he's sawin (sawing) the timber. Is the jaggad sawed at thee yet, wumman?
Open the gate so wide, so wide,
Let King Jurje's (George's) side be spied; The night is dark, I cannot see,
Thread the needle and saw away. (Children's game.)
SAWMIN , ' psalming', especially singing at a funeral. He was
dhrowned at say, aw, a buryin without sawmin.
The childher goin scrawmin, Pitendin they're sawmin.
The childher had a stool and playin ' Buryins I with it, and sawmin, and that's a sure sign of another death comin.
SAY, SAE , 'sea'.
Say-par't, Sea parrot, puffin :-He catched a say-par't and it thried to nip him.
Say-Pigeon, the black guillemot, Uria grylle.
The little say pigeon, as the fishermen call it, is often seen swimming close to the rocks-you'll know it by its white wing patches.
Say-lark, Rock pipit, Anthus Obscurus.
SCAA  (Mx.), shade, shadow; a very thin person.
She's lookin no better till a scaa, she's that thin. He's a reglar scaa, as thin as the win'.
' Scaa-sa-dhaurlish' (Mx. scaa 'sy doarlish), a stop-gap, a bundle of gorse or heath used instead of a door :-The praecher didn come, so I gorr up-jus' a scaa-sa-dhaurlish-and purra few words on the people meself.
SCAA-HIE  (NIX., lit. 'scattering of home'), dispersal. Some day all my books will be gettin scaa-hie.
SCAALEY  (Mx. scaalley), ' scale', a ° shell back', an
old seaman who has quitted the sea.
He's one o' them out' scaaleys tha's always on the quay. Ye out' scaala, ye !
SCAA-LHEAN  (Mx., lit. 'broad scattering'), broadcast. She giv the bad wush on him, ' Scaa-lhean er ! ' i. e. may he be scattered broadcast.
SCALLON , ' scallion'.
Ye needn think atin scallons'll sweeten yer breath for kissin.
SCALT , burnt.
The trees is svalt with the wind.
SCAMMALDHAGH  (Mx. scammyltagh), scandalous, reviling.
There was a scammaldhagh tongue at yandher fellow.
SCANJOORIT  (Mx.), muddled, fuddled. He is scanjoorit.
SCANKIN , shrilling, squealing.
Stop that scankin, childher. What skankin is there on them ?
SCANKY , shrill.
What a scanky Vice she's got! The scanky Vice o' them ones is goin through me head, and fit to give the toothache.
SCANLUS , 'scandalous' ; used intensively with the meaning
of excessive or extreme.
It's scanlus the way they're doin.
Uplifted scandalous and settin their face like a flint (B.). Fuss rate enough, and done a speech-aw scandalous! (B.) Well, they were scan'lous though for all (B.).
SCAPE, SKEP , 'escape'.
There'll nothin scale yandher falla. They skep away off the Islan.
SCAR , 'scare'.
I was scar'd a bit at the tundher. She looked that scar'd and the freckened
(B.). He's out in the fiel's scarrin the birds. He giv them a scar' that sent them flyin.
' Scar-craw', scare-crow :-And dhressed like a scar-craw he was.
SCARF , cormorant.
And isn a scarf the same bird as a shag?
SCARRAG  (Mx.), skate-fish.
And a tail on his coat like a scarrag's. The scarrag up with his tail and knocked the fluke crooked in the mouth.
SCARUM-SCORUM , eccentric conduct. That accounts for this scarum-scorum (B.).
SCATTHER , 'scatter'.
If ye don't behave yerself, I'll knock ye down and scatther ye all over the floor.
SCAVEEN , morsel.
He don't want a scaveen to ate on the day,
SCAWL , 'scald ' ; 'squall', gust.
He'll get somethin yit that'll scawl him in blisthers. I was clane knocked down with a scawl o' wind.
SCELP , to smack.
If he won't behave jus' scelp him well.
SCHOOL , a name for a law-court.
I was summonsed by Neddy, and mus' go to 'school' on Monday. Ye had to pay for yer schoolin to-day, i. e. you were fined.
SCOFF , a feed, a square meal; devour.
He's on for a scoff somewhere. Them gulls'll scoff anything they'll catch.
SCOLLAG  (Mx.), a young man.
I was only a scollag aeg (young fellow) at that time and didn knave much o' the worl'.
SCOLLOP , ' scallop', scoop.
He tuk a big scollop urrov it. Cut that calico sthrite and don't be scollopin it. Scollopy edges on the curtains. '
SCOLTHA  (Mx. scolley, 'splitting, bursting'), a name for a
' burst' or feed.
The ' shibber baatey I (boat's supper) or 'scoltha ' would be held some night in the Chrissimis-very often on out' Sint Stephen's night, or out' New Year's night; there would be provided an abundance of pies and puddins-what you might call a square feed to-a reglar scoltha.
SCOMMAG, SCOMICK  (Mx. scheimeig streak), particle.
Theer wasn' a scommag of it lef' no, not a atom.
SCOMPS , a feed, a 'square meal'.
They're gone for a scomps somewhere. Yandher falla would go far for a scomps.
SCON  (Mx. skon), food given to an uninvited guest.
We went there and got a scon, but they waren't expectin us. Skulkin about at dinner time to see if he'll gerra scon. Aw, we got a right skon there.
SCONNAG  (Mx.), ' scone'. Bakin bonnags and roastin' sconnags.
SCOODHIN  (Mx. scoodyn), the fur or deposit
adhering to utensils.
This crame-jug isn clane, there's a scoodhin on it. There was a scoodhin of herrin grease lef' on the pot that'd feer sicken a pig.
SCOORIT  (Mx. scooyrit), intoxicated.
How is yandher man to find his way home, and him scoorit lek that. Are
thou scoorit or not? He said the little thrush was callin afther him' scoorit, scoo-r-rit', an he up with a stone to hit her and broke the window.
SCORE , sküa(r), a debt, in the rhyme
The public house scoor
Brings a man to the ooir (ground).
SCOPE , greater length in the paying out of a rope or cable. Heaves a rope-but he didn look at it-' More scope ! more scope! ' says the chaps (B.).
SCOTCH , 'Scottish'.
He's from the Heelans (Highlands) and talkin Gal-ic-not like the ones from the Clyde tha's talkin Scotch.
Scotch fiddle, a name for the itch :-Now, Kirree, hev another touch on the Scotch fiddle. Aw, the Scotch fiddle was a dhreadful dirty thing-it was all atween yer fingers like male (oat-meal), and you wanted to be itchin yerself all the time-it was very common on the Islan fifty years ago.
Scotch grey, a name for a louse:-Big Scotch greys in the blanket-and a breed far bigger till any in the Isle o' Man.
Scotch-hop, the game of Hop-scotch :-Many's the time I've been playin scotch-hop and kickin the sides o' my shoes out. And sometimes we'd be playin French scotch-hop-with sthrite beds and no cross, ye knaw.
Scotch kiss, a kiss given while each kisser holds the other's nose between thumb and forefinger, and places the other hand under the chin :-Come, Chile, and give me a Scotch kiss.
Scotch-thrush, the missel thrush :-The Scotch thrush is sometimes goin a callin the Norraway (Norway) thrush.
SCOTCHIE , a Scottish person or thing; the stone used in the
game of hop-scotch.
He's a Scotchie from Glasgow, and as clavar as any Scotchie in the Ian'. That boat is a Scotchie.
Scoors of times I've been playin scotch-hop and kick in the scotchie with me beer fut.
SCOUR , purge.
He tuk pills that scoured him well. Our hens took the white scourin in spring an' we hev'n a hen lef'.
SCOWSE , meat cut into small pieces and cooked in a pan with
potatoes and onions.
Scowse smookin hot off the fire.
SCOWTE . Obs. A small boat.
The Manx Statutes of r6io state that scowtes ' ought every one of them to be of the burthen of 4 tons', but in reality they were not more than of a tons even in the time of Bishop Wilson.
SCRAA, SCRAW  (Mx. scrah), a strip of sod laid
on the rafters under the thatch.
And the scraas hangin in rags-you couldn tell were they scraas or strips tore from a rotten old sack (B.).
SCRAAVRA, SCRAAVEREY  (Mx. scrabeyder), scraper, scratcher,
a sea-name for a cat. See Scraper.
When you're on the water you mus' call a cat ' scraavra', for it isn right then to call anything with hair on it by its own name.
SCRABLAG  (Mx.). Masses of gravel cemented together by carbonate
of lime, conglomerate.
Jus' you purra junk or two of scrablag on the top o' the rockery and they'll set it off fine.
Scrablags and shells and oul foshils ; tha's all he's keerin for.
SCRAMMAN-SCRISS  (Mx.), the hard, rough lichen that grows
on stones ; a rasping, a severe scolding.
I've always heard the moss on the slates of a roof called scrahman scriss. I giv them scramman scriss-something to remember! Thou'll get scramman scriss from yandher one-she's the one that'll scrape ye and skin ye with the rough of her tongue.
SCRAN , scrap, any chance fish caught in the nets other than
herring, be it mackerel, conger, or cod. The 'scrap' is sold separately and
the 'scrap-money' is appropriated by the men in equal shares.
A scrap of a moon hung dead in the south (B.).
A Chile goin to school, or a man goin to work for the day and tavin his lunch with him will ask, ' Is my scrap ready?'
Bad scrap to you! (also In N.Linc. Amer.) i. e. ill luck to you.
Anything picked up at say, such as head-cork, mollag, and loose fish, is 'scrap' and whatever is made of (by) it is divided amongs' the crew. We'll have that for scrap, i. e. we shall have that for ourselves.
SCRANCH , a sound of rending. Rip-rip-rip-you know the scranch of it! (B.)
SCRAPE , miser; scratch.
He's an oul' scrape-hidin his money.
Take keer the cat don't scrape ye. He gorra scrape from the cat.
SCRAPER , a cat. See Scraavra.
I'll have nayther biter (dog) nor scraper in the house. The ' scraper' is the name for a cat when you're on the water.
SCRAPIN , 'scraping'; saving; shuffling along. All her
scrapins was Ins' when the bank bruk.
Scrapin home at all hours. Where are you goin scrapin now? I had a bad coul' I got scrapin about at night.
SCRAWL  (Mx. scroig), a crust of dirt.
There's such a scrawg on him ye cud only wash it off with turpintime (turpentine). There's such a scroig on these dishes that there's no gettin them claned.
SCRAWL , 'scroyl', a mean person.
The shabby mane (mean) scrawl-he put only a hippeny in the Anniversary collection.
SCRAWM , to squall.
What scraemin and scrawmin have ye got ?
SCRAWVY , 'scurvy'.
She's got the wet scrawvy in her head and the dhry scrawvy in her han's.
SCREEB  (Mx.), scrape, scratch.
Send me a screeb from your pen now and again.
SCREEK , creak, squeak.
I h'ard the door give a lil screek.
SCREEVINS , 'scrapings', cooked potatoes crisped in a
Get the cool' potatoes and a bit o' bacon and onion, and put them in the pan, and we'll have screevins fit for the Queen.
SCREWVEEN , scrap. There's not a screwveen in the house.
SCRIDHAN  (Mx. scrissan), screed, paring, a thin skin or scum.
There's a scridhan of cold in.
SCRISS  (Mx. scryss), skin, paring, skinflint; an illnatured
Thou'll get the scriss tuk off thee this time, my man ! You need'n expec' nothin from that scriss.
That oul' scriss of a thing won't navar allow no fun.
Scriss-na grep (Mx. scriss ny greg, literally ' skin of the rocks'), a name for lichen :-They'd be dyin it red with scriss-na-greg.
SCRISSAG  (Mx. scryssag), a niggardly person, a scolding
That scrissag of a thing put on'y brass in the collection, and her with gool in bucketfuls. That cross oul' scrissag her tongue is always goin.
SCROWL , 'scowl'; rasp.
He put a scoowl on his face fit to turn the milk. With all his scrapes and his scrowls (B.).
SCRUB , shrub, in Scrub-a-theei  (Mx. scurb
y traie, 'shrub of the strand'), the sea-bindweed, scurvy grass.
The scrub-a-theii is tastin salty lek, and it's good uncommon to sweeten the blood and Glane the skin.
SCRUTINY , scrutinize, scrutinizes.
Wharrer ye wantin, comin scrutineein here. He's an oul' scrutiny.
SCUDLAGH, SCUDLOK  (Mx. scudlagh,
(luggage'), a quantity.
She had a scudlagh of male in her brat comin. Throw a scudlagh of priddas
to the pigs. Tell yer mawther to keep her lil duck on her own sthreet-she's
comin to our yard and aitin right scudlags urro the hin's dish. He always put a scudlok of milk over the pen'orth in the jug for me.
SCUFFLE , a hoe. He tuk the scuffle to it.
SCUTCH, SCUTCH , whisk; lash; a number. See Skitch.
The moon and the stars God only touched once, long ago, and away they scutched
She scutched roun' the corner of the street. She scutched them up, and she whisked about as lithe as an eel (B.).
We h'ard a noise as if some things wor goin skutchin urrov the door. Give it a scutch to one side.
He scutched the hoss. You'll get scutched at yer mother ! There was a scutch of childer there.
SCUTCH-A-NEEDLE , 'cochineal'.
Jus' you go to the dhruggises and get three pann'orth o' scutch-a-needle. Scutch-a-needle is the finest thing in the varsal (universal) worl' for sendin the maezles out on the skin.
SCUTCHER , switches, a notable body.
Yondher scutcher of a one'll make ye look sharp, And a bit of a scutcher, and orderin (B.).
Scntchers, a children's game played with the tough tufted stems of the ribwort plantain. Each player holds a stem and endeavours with it to knock off the seed-head of his antagonist's stem. This game is also known as ' soldiers'.
SCUTCHGRASS , couchgrass ; rubbish.
Childer used to set fire to the heaps of scutchgrass in the fields an' roas' pridhers in the ashes-an' good they wor
Yandher ones !-people of no account, aw, scutchgrass they are.
SCUTTY , short tailed.
Scutty like a rabbit would be (B.).
SECK , 'sex'.
The faymale seek (B.).
Let's see yes knife, i. e. lend me your knife.
Seeing fairies, is said of an imaginative person :-Yandher one is always seein fayries-seein things tha's not in.
A horse that starts or stumbles without evident cause is said to be 'seein fayries'.
SEED , the husk of oats. This male is full o' seeds.
He was livin in Peel and sellin shop there, i. e. keeping a shop there. The porridge pot is sellin needles (said when boiling porridge searches and sticks to one's skin.)
SEMPATHY , symphony.
She played a lil sempathy on the pianna before he begun to sing.
SETTIN QUES , 'setting quest', a committee appointed by law
to settle questions of boundaries and right of way.
I won't have ye comin thropin over my lam', and I'll purrit befoor the settin ques' fuss thing.
SEVEN , used intensively.
He gorr as mad as seven divils. Nobody in their seven senses would do
such a thing. It's not for seventeen pence I'd have Ann's tongue laid on me for seven sacons (seconds).
SHAG , cormorant, Dhalocrorax carbo.
He's sittin up yandher like a shag on a half-tide rock (said of a person sitting on a platform and ' fancying' himself).
Shag Rock. An outstanding isolated rock common oa our coast ; they have this name as being the resort of the shag.
SHALL . The word ' shall' is seldom used in Anglo-Manx, and then
only to a stres,,ed form with the meaning of fixed determination.
I shall do it, and its not S -on that can stop me.
SHANG  (Mx.), lank, lean, empty.
It's emp'y bellies them ones have got, aw, shanty enough. I'm as shang as a gutted herring.
SHARKAGH  (Mx.), 'shark', a name for the bottle-nosed thresher.
When you see the sharkaghs goin to the point of the wind there's sure to be a storm. I seen a meerman (merman) once, and he was jumpin up high out of the water, and clappin his hands, and shoutin ' Tchoo'.' among a lot of sharkaghs.
SHASLAGH  (Mx.) marram, bent, Psamma arenaria.
They were gettin shaslagh for thatchin. Shaslagh is tougher till sthroe (straw).
Ye can't blaw mollags with a moustasher on ye, t'e'll have to get a blawmollag-shave, i. e. the lip shaven suitably for blowing mollags (sheepskin netbuoys).
He can shave a pig aequal to any butcher.
SHAW , ' show'.
'Gimme a pin, and I'll shave ye a shave, Gool and silver all in a raw.'
(Said by children who stick petals of flowers on a piece of window-glass.)
SHAWL  (Mx. shayll), in turn, rotation.
Aw, they're that throng yell have to wait for shawl here. I've seen sthrings of us waitin for shawl at Yeaman's well.
SHEAR , reap.
She can shear with the sickle aequal to any man. The shearers'll begin cuttin the oats nex' week.
So out to the shearin (B.). Nicky to shear, and me to bind (B.).
SHECKTHER  (Mx. sheckter), 'executor'.
The youngest boy of a family was called the sheckther, and very often made the sheckther if theer was anythin in. I was the shecthar of our family and Bill was the eirey (heir'-the eldest boy was always called the 'eirey'. He was the only son so, ' I'm eirey & sheckther'-he was always tellin ones, and that's how he got the name of ' the shecktar'.
SHEE  (Mx.), peace, used in ejaculations.
When she hard that, she said, ' Shee bannee mee' ! (peace bless me !) She sweeled and said, ' Shee Yee orrym, to mee goit' (peace of God on me ! I am taken).
SHEEB, SHEEE  (Mx. 'to blow a driving wind'), scold.
He giv a big sheeb out of him. Put a sheeb on them. She's sheebin all
day. However she might shebe him herself she wudn let any body else purra word on him at all.
SHEEDHIN, SHEEDIN , ' sheading', one
of the six divisions or districts of the Isle of Man.
There's three parishes in mos'ly every sheedhin. As ruck as any man in the whole sheedin of Glanfaaba (Glenfaba).
SHEET , chase; run.
He gave sheet after him. He thought they'd better make haste, you know and give sheet (B.).
He tuk sheet, and off with him
SHEEVIN  (Mx. sheeabin), soap. Slaain the sheevin on him (said of a flatterer.)
SHELL-COCK , the missel thrush.
I've hard the name 'shell-cock ' sometimes, but of ner' Scotch thrush' or Foreign thrush'.
SHENN  (Mx.), old.
The shenn vitch (old witch) got out on Laa Breeshey (St. Bridget's Day) so we'll have a wet spring.
SHIDHA-WRY , awry.
It's all gone sidha-wry, all skewifted lek. I'm thinkin ' shidha-rye' is the same as 'shid-awry' (crooked yonder).
SHIG, SHEIG  (Mx. sheezg), a small, round, temporary
stack of corn or hay.
Thurran' and ' shig' mane much the same thing. In a bad harvest the
people'll shig the corn-put it in lil thurrans on a field. The corn was put in sheigs.
SHIGGLE , sickle.
Out in the field shearin with shiggles.
SHILL , to shell or remove the outer husk.
The corn was shilled bad at the wind las' night. You'd batter set about and shill them pays (peas).
Shill-barley, shelled barley:-The broth was goin a thick'nin with plenty o' shill-barley and growts (groats).
Shillin-seeds, the shellings or husks of corn, especially of oats used for packing and preserving bacon in chests.
SHILLEED  (Mx.), slug.
Them lettishes is all spurlt (spoiled) at the shilleeds-sof' snails, ye knave.
SHILLY  (Mx. shillee), shingle.
A stream ran . . . down the glen, and soaked through the shilly, and out to the bay (B.).
SHIP , the constellation of the Great Bear. The ship is goin' mouth under at is o'clock.
SHITHERNEE, SHITTERNEE, SHIDHERNEE  (Mx. shuttarnee),
That hoss is shithernee out there. The hoss got up on his feet and shitternee. The shidhernee that was goin on at the bosses was batin all.
SHIVE , 'chive', Allium schoenoprasion.
Lil shives like grass they were, and hotter far till scallons.
SHIVVELAGH  (Mx.), said of thinly growing corn. Nawthin but shivvelagh arrim.
SHLIAWN  (Mx. shliåwin), smooth, slippery, sly. Yandher falla is middlin shliawn.
SHLIG , sea-shell used for scraping ; especially the great mussel,
Take the shlig and scrape that pot.
SHLIGGERAGH  (Mx. shligeragh), shelly, full of crumbling stone.
That place is nearly all shliggeragh.
SHLISHAG  (Mx. slissag), slice.
Put a shlishag of ham on the greeshag (embers) for me.
SHOCKIN , ' shocking', used intensively with the meaning of extremely'.
That tune is shockin nice. She's a shockin fine gel. He was quiet shockin and wouldn hurt a fly (B.).
When the Pazon heard it he fell on his knees and took a shockin (splendid) prayer (B.).
Shoe the hoss, and shoe the meer,
But let the lil boy go beer, beer, beer. (Nursery rhyme.) That ring is only brass, no more gool in it till my oul' shoe. Put yer sbooss on.
Shoe-nut, cashew nut, Brazil nut :-A pannorth o' shoe-nuts and a hipporth o' lil-nuts (hazelnuts).
SHOH PAAGH  (Mx. = here is a person).
In my young days the childher would be that shy when they saw a sthranger comin' they would shout Shaw pargh ! and run in hidlans ; but the im'prince of sin is in them now,
SHOLL  (Mx.), ear-wax; the natural grease of wool.
He's pullin the sholl urrov his ears with the head of a pin. It's poor wool that's here-there 's no sholl in it. Washin yer hair too much takes the sholl out of it.
SHOOT , cast. When the nets are set they are said to be 'shot'.
When it's gettin too dark to see the black of yer thumb nail it's time to
be shootin the nets. There was good shots -->]as' night, i. e. good catches of fish.
SHOT  (Sc. Kent), of herring after spawning.
There's only shot herring going now.
SHOUL , 'shoal', shallow.
The water is shoul. We're in the shoul.
SHOULDHER , 'shoulder'; a famous fishing-ground off the Calf.
The boy is grawin lusty and takin a shouldher, and him only fifteen. The boats is off to the Shouldher.
SHOUT , (i) used of the cry of any animal; (z) to stand treat.
i, The cows is shoutin shockin.
a. It's your turn to shout-I paid the las' roun'.
SHOUTY , 'shouting', noisy.
I don't like the singin to be so shouty.
SHOW, SHAW , very.
And tasty show (B.). Tha's gran, show. Mortal show, aw, uncommon (B.). She was talkin fine, shaw.
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I'm toul' that in oull times people would be takin the shuggiloon-'braainolley' they were callin it-and grindin it to powdher for medicine. [see Gill 2nd Manx Scrapbook p186]
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The Shuperintandin overhauled it (B.). Then the Shuperintandin 'spounded (B.).
SICK , unwell, ill. My head is sick.
Sick herring, so called when about ten days in salt, before they are thoroughly salted or cured.
SIDE-BOARDS , movable boards to heighten the sides of
a cart; a name for side-whiskers.
The boy is takin a mustasha and side-boards all complete.
SIE , the opening of a gown into which the sleeve is inserted. It's too tight in the sie.
SIREN , saith, the mature coalfish, Merlanges carbonarius,
also known as 'sarjin'.
There's not a better salt fish goin till a dhried sihen.
SILE , to pass through a strainer.
She's in the dairy silin the milk. Milk when they're takin and silin it (B,).
SILL , 'silt', mud.
A lump of sill.
SKEAB  (Mx.), besom.
Them wicked people-skeb orroo ! (a besom on them), i. e. may they be swept away.
SKEAYL  (Mx.), dispersion.
Aw, let them go their ways-skeeal orroo rass as cass ! (dispersion on them seed and foot), i. e. dispersion to them root and branch.
SKEDHAN, SKADDHIN, SCADHAN  (Mx. skeddan), herring.
Nothin goin for dinner only I praasyn as skeddan I (priddas and herrin). Skaddhin or skate (B.), i. e. no matter what.
Scaddhan boys, a name for Peel men :-He was jus' a scadhan boy from the fag-end of creation, the las' place God made, and that's Peel.
SKEEAL  (Mx.), tale, story. He's mortal gud for the skeeal.
SKEET  (Mx.), pry. What are ye wantin, skeetin here?
Le's ger up to the winda for a skeet,
says Ned. He's an oul' skeet. The people are so skeetagh (prying) for newses.
SKEEYL  (Mx.), parish.
I was out at Skaeyl y Mayl (the parish of Michael).
SKEG  (Mx. skeaig), hawthorn berry.
The boys is out gatherin skegs to fire at people through them lil skegblowers they're makin urrov trammon twigs.
SKEOW, SKIOW, SKYOW , 'askew', to look sideways, a sideglance
; to cut shapelessly.
Give a skeow round to see if you'll see him. She went skyowin roun' to
see what she could find. She's out on the skyiow.
He skyiowed the mate so that I cudn put it on the table again.
She tuk a skeow urrov it with the scissors. She skyiowed it any way.
I didn count it I tuk it by the skeow. I can't purra skeow on that tune at all (can't sing it).
SKEP , a basket, a straw beehive.
The honey the bees was makin in them out' fashion skeps was far more sweeter.
SKER , a half-hidden sea-rock. Thry and keep clear of that sker.
SKETCH , an indistinct outline.
I couldn hear well, at all, what was goin on, I could only make a lit sketch of it-a skeow lek.
SKILLAG  (Mx.), a piece of rock or wreckage under water. Big skillags-danger's things.
SKILLAGALEE „ , ' skillygalee', thin oatmeal, porridge,
Haven't ye enough meal in the house? this porridge is proper skillagalee. She's a skillagalee of a craythur.
' Clear out ! ye trash! clear out !' he says, ' Ye skillagalee ! (B.).
At half past three,
A little more
At half past four.
(Said in derision to one who has been ' put in the Castle' and fed on prison fare.)
SKIM-BLUE , skimmed milk.
The boys would be goin roun' sellin skimmilk urrov kegs that was slung on each side ofa donkey-and they would be shoutin,
Milk he-aw ! (here) Skim blue,
Chalk and water, Good milk too!
SKIMMILKY , like skimmed milk.
Some surt of a kiss very skimmilky, very could (B.). Tha's like skimmilk afther craem !
SKIN , to make off, shun, in
He's that greedy for the pence he would skin a mouse for a hippeny. He's a skin the wind (a niggard).
I seen him skinnin rouw the corner. He skinnt off when he Ward them afther him.
SKIRRAG  (Mx.), splinter.
You'll hardly gerra skirrag of it from yandher out' skin-the-win'.
SKIT , 'scat', a call to drive cats away; a slight sprinkling.
Skit ! gerr ourro that !
Lil fairy-showers, ye know, lit skits of rain, an' the sun shinin all the time like when the childer is sayin ' The fairies is bakin and throwin the water away.'
SKITS , to runoff in a hurry. Hurry now on thy errand. Be off. Skite.
SKETCH , a switch; a slight blow. See Scutch.
The Pazon gave a little skitch and got in front (B.). The schoolmaster gave him a skitch on the hand.
SKIVVAG, SCAVAG  (Mx. skibbag), a divided portion
He tuk a scavag out of it. They were takin scavags here and scavags there. Big skivvags stickin out, i. e. broken ends projecting. His hair was all in skivvags.
SKIVVER , 'skewer'.
He ron the skivver through it. He went to the tin-man's for some iron skivvers-they're not breaky like the wooden ones.
SKUTE , 'scoot', squirt.
A little skute of a waterfall (B.). And a spoot (spout) goin skutin the water (B.). He'd a trick of spittin . . . his mouth like a flute, all to make the puffeck
skute (B.). The boy had a gun-skute (squirt) and he skuted the water all over me.
And out the very first skute of light (B.), i. e. at day break.
SKUTY , squirting.
Nasty skuty things them taps is.
SK'YOLL , ' scull', a large quantity.
They got in the ' bush' (thick of the shoal) las' night about life-they had a right good sk'yoll of herrin. I giv a good sky'oll of corn to the hens. Aw, you've got a ter'ble skoll of turmits in-a rale lot.
SKYUGH  (Mx. skeoigh), spruce, tidy.
They wor all in theer Sunda clothes, and skyugh they wor lookin too.
SLAA  (Mx.), daub.
Don't be slaain yer face with the thraycle (treacle). See how it's slaad at ye !
It's hateful such slickin and slaain, i. e. such fulsome flattery. Slaa me and I'll slaa thee, i. e. praise me and I will praise you.
SLAMPY , flabby.
You feel as slampy as a mollag jus' pricked.
SLANDHER , 'slander'; ' slender'. It's no slandhar to be
sayin ye're slandher.
A slandher (slender) wais', and a slandher (slanderous) tongue is two differen' things.
SLANE-LUSS  (Mx., lit. 'heal herb'), ribwort,
Chew some stane-tuss and put it on the cut in yer finger, and it'll stop the blood.
SLAT-MARREY  (Mx., lit. 'sea-rod'), sea-tang. Us childher used to go to the shore to look for slat-marreys.
SLEBBY , 'slabby', smooth, slippery.
Aw, the face, you know, a kind of slebby ,with the shine (B.).
SLED  (Mx. stead), 'sledge', a low cart without wheels. He's gone to the mountain with the sled to carry home corn.
SLEDGE , a sledge-hammer.
Some as hard you couldn break them with a sledge (B.).
SLEEP , a gummy secretion in the corners of the eye, grume. And the sleep navar washed out o' their eyes.
SLEETCH  (Mx.), slime; figuratively a deceitful, slippery
person, a sneak.
He's a big sleetch. He come sleetchin in at the door. Gerr out, ye sleetch custhad ! (cursed sneak).
I can't bear the sleetchy ways some people have got.
SLEGGAN-SLIEAU  (Mx., lit. 'mountain cleaver'), foxglove.
Ye can make an'intment urro' sleggan-slieau that'll cure any scabby head.
SLEIH-VEGGEY  (Mx., lit. 'little people'), fairies.
It isn safe to be talkin much of the sleih veggey, for if it's little they are, they are knowin uncommon, and middlin spiteful too.
SLENT , 'slant', slope.,
He giv a lit slent, and off with him. Made å slant and stoopin there, and us in the ditch (B.).
It's time for me to be slantin (B.), i. e. going. One verse that's enough, just to show the way it's slantin (B.).
SLENTY , 'slanting'.
Jus' at that place the road is goin slenty. Don't be makin the latthers so slenty when ye're writin.
SLEUGH, SLIUGH  (Mx. sluight), a little; something
to the good.
She'll have a good sleugh of money lef her some day. Give us a sliugh,
la! i. e. give me some, lad! We're givin a lit sliugh here and there among the shops, i. e. we are dividing our custom among various shops. They had a nice lit sleugh before the herrm saison begun. Too many sleughs on-of the boddle (bottle). Them ones is savin a nice lit sl'yugh for their out' days.
SLEW , swerve, turn round (also Yks.) ; intoxicate.
And her neck the way she'll slew it (B.). He tuk a slew round the haggard
(stackyard). He was slowed when I seen him. He's got a big slew in him.
SLIEAU  (Mx.), mountain, in place-names.
Some is sayin ' S!ieau Whallion' is manin the "Mountain of the pups', and others is sayin, no, that it's the ' Mountain of the Courts'-and it's not for me to say whuch is whuch.
SLIG , 'slick', a coating.
She was feer black-there was a slig of dirt on her. There's a slig of imperence in him.
' Sligym cushta'-the English of that is ' a cursed sleetch', and it's queer Manx it is, for all.
SLIMAN, SLYMAN  (Mx. sliman), a loose garment, a shawl.
Put that sliman off ye. I navar seen her yit without a slieman over her head.
Any out' slyman will do me, jus' to put roun' me in the cart to keep the tooth out.
It's rainin, put a slyman over your shouldher.
SLING , bight.
Thn slims n' the nPtc fall;„ As.-
SLING , to loiter, dawdle.
Be off to school, and don't be slingin on the road. He's not fit for a message; he 's such a sling, aw, a reglar sling-the-fiddler (dawdler) he is.
Hurry up and don't be so slingy. Sling yer hook-hook it-be off!
SLINK . A cod fish out of condition.
It's aisy to slip,
And it's aisy to thrip ; It's hard to go sthrite, And it's hard to keep right.
Shp-down, a humorous name for pinjane (junket) :-He's swollerin it like slip-down.
SLIT , an opening.
There was a slit in the sky, i. e. a rift in the clouds. I slit the sheet,
The sheet was slit at me, Slitten was the sheet That was slit by me.
(A children's shibboleth to be repeated as quickly as possible without , stumbling.)
SLOCK , a hollow between hills.
Just a stock (B.). And in the Block there 's ling (B.). I don't know the
when I've been over at the gill, or whatever ye call that stock (B.). At the foot of the sloek (B.).
SLOD  (Mx. slat), a rod, a stick.
What ye're wantin to yer back is the slod-aw, a big stick and a slashin rod.
SLODDHAG  (Mx. slattag), a small rod, a switch.
Take a sloddhag to him and give him a good lickin.
SLODDHAN  (Mx. sladdan), a wash-staff, a square-headed mallet
used to beetle clothes.
It's all mangles now-no sloddhans goin. I've seen her take the sloddhan and beedle the clothes on the bink as nice as nip.
SLOVVAGH  (Mx. slobbagh), sloppy.
Get yer ' ire-in slovvagh I (Mx. oashyrn slobbagh, lit., • slop stockings', i. e. gaiters.
SLOUREE . A Southside name for 'Sl'yum' or jelly-fish.
SLOWRIE, SLOURY  (Mx. slouree), a chimney chain with
a hook to hang a pot on.
Hook the kettle on the slowrie, and let us have tay.
I've hard out' people say that of a winther night the lit fallas (fairies) would be often sittin on the sloury warmin theirselves, and sometimes takin a lit tchoon (tune) there.
SLUDDHAGH  (Mx. sluhtagh), sluttish.
She's sluddagh dhreadful in the house. They're that sludtagh they won't take the trouble to do the carthers (tidyings) in the house.
SLUG , a sluggish person or animal. A slug of a cow comin down the road.
SLUM, SL'YUM , phlegm; jelly-fish. Hawkin the slum up urrov his
What you call ' sl'yum' in Peel is 'slouree' in Purt Iron (Port Erin).
SLUT , a light made from a strip of rag which has been soaked
Afther the ' slut' has been dipped in melted fat and coolt it is carried about in the bare fingers, and lettin I slut's dhrops I o' grayse fall everywhere. Slut's wool, fluff:-And her ravar sweepin undher the beds-and slut's wool in fis'fuls gatherin in every turner.
SMALL-TALK , private conversation, undertone.
There was some small talk goin on between them, I could see (B.). She was doin some small talk to herself. Better if they could find something to do in the house till standin at the door doin small talk about their neighbours.
SMART , well in health.
How are you? Aw, smart, smart and stout, la!
SMERRAG  (Mx. smarrage), ember.
A smerrag fell on the cat and made her yowl and run like mad. The fire was jus' (almost) gone out, but we scraped the smerrags together.
SMODHANE  (Mx. smittan), smut of corn.
It's reglar smodhane.
SMOGH , a slack kiss. The boy giv the gel a big smogh.
SMOOK , 'smoke', in Sayin, ' Gow smook' (take a smoke) jus'
like a thrush.
Smook-penny, smoke penny, chimney tax:-In my young days ' Juan Doo' (black john) was goin roun' for the smook-penny, and he cum to our house and said he wanted it. ' Deed, my house is full enough o' smook', my mother said, ' If thou put it out, I'll give thee the penny.'
SMOOL'YAGH  (Mx. smooirlagh), broken bits, fragments. And the priddas all in smool'yagh. Ye can give the crumbs and all the res' o' the smooirlagh to the hens.
SMOOTH-HOUND , the blind-gobbock, 11ustellits laevis. Them smooth-houn's isn fit to ate.
SMOOTHY , 'smooth'.
It was polished up all shiny, and feelin as smoothy as glass.
SMOSH , 'smash', 'smash'.
Them priddas is all gone smosh in the pot.
SMUG , snot; dirt.
He's very smuggagh (snotty). The oul' Manx ones was saying-' Bee guilley smuggagh, dooinney glen' (A snotty boy will be a clean man). There's some smug in the candle.
SMUL  (Mx.), scowl, sulk.
There's a smul on him. A tarrable smul on his face.
SNAIL , to crawl, to be dilatory.
He's goin snailin about and navar gettin his lessons half done. How are you all this time (so long) snailin home from school.
Snail spit is used for sore eyes. She was gatherin snails in the Churchyard and bruisin them on a tombstone and makin a powltice of them for to strenthen and sthritin her boy's club-foot.
SNAP  (Mx.), a nap.
He likes to take a lil snap in his cheer (chair) afther dinner of a Sunda.
SNIEGAN, SNIENGAN  (Mx.), ant.
It's all ate with the sniegans. Some people is callin them ' sniengans', and other ones is callin them ' pismires', but the English ones is callin them 'ants '.
SNIFTER, SNIFTHER , a small draught of liquor; a stiff
I seen him go in Jane's for a snifther.
There's a reglar snifter on. It's blowin a reg'lar snifter.
SNIG , a young eel.
Our ship's crew had a very poor opinion of I snigs', as they called them, and when one came to the hook, overboard it went at once. We used to catch snigs in Peel harbour with a worm tied to a piece of woollen thread. Have you never heard of snig-pie ?-snigs make a splendid pie.
SNIPER , a dram of spirits, a morning drink. He mus' be havin
a sniper of a mornin.
Sniper-bow', a very sharp bow on a boat :-A sniper bow cuttin through the water.
SNOD , 'snood', the thin part of a fishing-line to which the hooks
are attached ; a short hair-line.
The boys pullin beers urro the bosses' tails to make snods.
SNOG  (Mx.), a nod.
Always givin a snog when we met. The cow gave a snog, i. e. push with the head.
SNOT , long membranous appendage to the beak of a turkeycock;
a vain, proud person, an upstart.
Turkey, turkey tine,
My snot is redder till thine.'
(Said by children to provoke a turkey.)
See that proud snot of a thing-she won't look at the likes of us.
SNURL , 'snarl', to turn up the nose in disgust.
He's goin about with a snurl on his nose like a dog's. She's goin about, snurlin her nose at everything. He's a very snurly sort o' man, and I wudn ax him to len' me the loan of nothin.
SO , as.
He was so bad as that (B.). I come so quick as I could.
SOAK , ' suck'.
Bumbees in and out and soakin (B.). Put the taffee in yer mouth and soak it.
Slow in the soak (B.). The wind is soaking (veering) in the south (B.).
SOAKER , ' sucker', a disk of soft leather with a string
through the centre. The leather when wetted and pressed against stones adheres
to them and makes it possible to lift them by the end of the string.
This soaker'll lif' a stone as big as me head-jus'.
SOC  (Mx.), ploughshare.
Everything was soul' from him, sac and lock.
SOD , turf; to throw sods.
We'll stan' on the hedge and sod him. He was gain a soddin at them rascals of boys.
Sod-cottage, mud-cottage, earthen cottage :-In a sod-cottage them five boys was born and rared, and finer bigger boys ye navar seen-every one o' them six foot high.
SODDHA , ' Sodor'.
I seen him comin along as big as the Bishop of Soddha in Man.
SODDHAG  (Mx. soddag), a thick clapped cake.
As thick as a soddhag. Aw, she's a sodhag of a person, i. e. thick in body and mind.
SODDHER-WUD , southern-wood, Artemisia abrotanum.
I like a bit of sweetleaf and soddher-wud. The Manx ones was that fond of soddher-wud they were callin it ' Ins y ghraih' (herb of love).
SOLLAGHAN  (Mx.), crowdy, a kind of porridge made by pouring
the liquor of boiled meat over parched oatmeal.
' Sollaghan is the thing that'll stick to your ribs !
SOO  (Mx.), juice; substance, energy.
No Boo in him. This London takes all the son out of one.
SOOR ,'sore', severe, stormy. (Se. Corn. Yks.) My finger
is that soor it mus' be goin to bail.
A sore night at say (sea).
SOOREY  (Mx. sooree), woo, court.
Them ones is beginnin to soorey middlin arly. The reglar sooreyin that's in (B.). Sooreyin-aw, ye needn doubt it ! but they goes another way about it (B.).
SOUDHER , 'solder'.
Take it to the tin-man's and gerrit soudhered.
SOVER  (Mx. souyr), in comfortable circumstances, snug. Aw, they're fine and souer, they had a lab of money lef' them. He's lapped up fine and souyr this winter.
SOURDOCK , the common sorrel, Rumex acetosa. It is believed
that to eat sourdock causes stammering.
At ' let us pretend' children's tea parties no one would eat sourdocks. Don't be atin the sourdocks, childher, else there'll be creepers in yet heads.
SOUSE , a sudden blow; a smart shower.
I'll give ye a souse on the ear. A sowse of rain came on and we ran for shelther.
SPAAGAGH  (Mx.), splayfooted.
Aw, ye'll know him at once by the spaagagh way he's walkin.
He was spadin the moul' as aisy as sand.
A spade's cuttin o' turf was once the rights of the youngest child-a spade's cuttin would be about 6o yards long, ø yards wide, and 27 inches deep.
SPANIARDS , a name for the men of Cregneish and vicinity
where tradition says one of the Armada galleons was wrecked.
Them black heads of Spaniards from the Mull.
I have seen a cannon in Port Iern in front of Mr. Milner's ' Rest' that had been found at low water at Spanish Head, and it was fired many times the first day we came into the Port with one ofour luggers when the breakwater was partly made. I suppose the gun will be there yet although very rusted.
Spanish Fly, a game in which one boy gave a back similar to ' leap-frog', the other boys then leapt over him four times-fore and aft and from each side, each calling out as he did so ' Spanish fly !' The process was then repeated, varied by the cry ' Tip on the hot, Spanish fly', suiting the action to the word. Then a cap was placed on his back, caps being added until they were knocked off, the boy knocking them down having to take his place 'under' when the game was repeated. If a boy omitted to cry Spanish Fly ! he was out.
SPEEINEY-SHUINYN  (Mx.), rush-peelings used in making
sheep ' lankers'.
He's houlin his head high, but his mawther went roun' the counthry sellin speeiney-shuinyn. It,'s the speeiney shuinyn that's made a man of him.
SPEEK  (Mx. speeik), pry, spy.
The speck of a thing tha's there, comin speekin roun'.
SPEIY  (Mx.), mattock, hack.
He would be underminin it with the pick and speiy. We were speiyin in
the clay ditch. Take the speiy and root the goss up.
SPELLS , spellings. (Sc.)
Never needin to do the big spell (B.). Spellin big spells and gettin them right (B.). Plyin his spells (13.).
The herrin afther they're spent (having spauned) am much good.
SPERRIT , 'spirit'; a name for the Arctic Tern. Then through the night a sof' white bird come flyin from the hill-the bird they call the Spyrrid (Mx. Spyrryd, ' Spirit') to, straight like the Holy Dove you're seein in the churches up with wings stretched out above.
SPIDDHAG ,(Mx. sj5innycan), the pip in fowls;
applied to hoarseness.
He was clane done out with singin, and the spinniag come on him. Take keer, gel, or the spin'yag'll have ye.
I'll gut the fish and splat it for ye.
SPLATCH , 'splash'. (Sc. Cum.) And the tears goin splatch (B.).
SPLENTHER, SPLINTRER (splenpa(r)-->], 'splinter'. In phr. Splinther
Every bit o' furniture was splinther new (quite new).
SPLITTIN , 'splitting', exact.
She's the splittin image of her gra mother, i. e. she is the exact picture of her grandmother.
SPON , 'span'.
She was navar takin the yard-stick to the calico but measur'n it by spons and finger-lenths. She said a spon was nine inches and a j'int was the same, and a finger-lenth was four inches and a hafe.
SPONKIT  (Mx.), parched. The groun' is all sponkit for want of rain.
SPOOILLEY  (Mx.), ' spoil ', loot, plunder; money.
- The way they got the spooilley-Johny had no childher so Sam's ones came in for all-that's the way they got the spooilley.
SPOOT , 'spout'.
And a spoot goin skutin the water up (B.). And the water was comin spootin down the fall as white as snaw. In oul' times the Northside ones would be stoppin for the night at the Spoot Vane (white spout) wather£all on their way to Tynwal' Feer-campin out lek.
SPOOTCHER , a baling ladle. Tha's the boy that can handle the spootcher. '
SPORRAN  (Mx.), purse, pouch. Purra birro' luck-herb in thee
' Sporran feeagh' (Mx., lit. 'raven's purse'), puff ball, Lycoperdon bovista They're sayin sporran feeagh is good to put on a burn or scald.
SPRANG , quite.
She gorrit sprang new las' summer. Some ones is sayin 'sprang new' and
others is sayin 'spring new'. Everything spring new-no oul' lavins goin there.
SPRECKLE , 'speckle', spot, in Spreckle-Bird, the Razorbill, Alca Torda.
SPROG, SPRAWG , something gained by laborious thrift;
The oul' people have been workin hard all their days-the daughter'll have nice sprogs some day. Aw, they have put by nice sprogs-they have a prog house. Aw, theres five sprogs at him for his gel. There'll be sprawgs at yandher one some day-her father is a savin man.
SPROGH  (Mx. sfiroght), angry vexation. The sprogh is on him over something.
SPUNKY  (Mx. sbyr), 'spar', beam.
A spur rigged like a shot (B.). Put a nick in the spurr (said when some
thing eventful occurs in a household). We hung the dog to the sperr and laid on him with the sticks till we killed him.
SPY , in
I'm comin spy-corree (walking alone).
SQUAT, SWAT , to dodge, to make a side-run.
I squatted him fine though, and he navar seen me. She thried to squat us
but she cudn for all. I was afther him as fas' as I cud pelt, but he swatted
a-one-side and got off. He swatted the Bobby nice. He giv a swat and off with him.
SQUATTY-TIG . Tig or tip without a den.
SQUINNY , 'squinting'.
She was rather squirmy was Jinny, cross-eyed-just so (B.).
SQUINSY, SWINSY , quinsy.
He's got the squinsy and is jus' chawkt (choked).
STACK , an isolated columnar rock at sea.
The fine old stack of Scarlett. Drownded himself he did, at the Stack it was.
STAFF , wand.
Staff of Government, the white staff which the Governor of the Island received on his instalment, swearing that he will 'Truly and uprightly deal between the King and his subjects, and as indifferently between party and party as this staff now standeth' :-He's houlin himself as stiff as the staff-o'gover'ment, i. e. he is stiff and erect in carriage.
The name ' Staff of Government' was also applied to a court which is now the appellate court from inferior courts.
Officials, Staff-of-Government, and all to that (B.).
STAG-Y-REE  (Mx., lit. 'stag of the King'), a variety
of the game of'tig'. He who was tigged had to carry the tigger on his back as
far as the 'stand' or goal.
Stag, stag-yn-Ree, Who'll catch me. Dalby boys used to say
Stag, stag y Ree, nane, jees, three An away, away like a hare.
STAKE, STACK , 'steak', in the following Stakes o' beef and chops o' mutton, Ate yer fill, and loose yer button. Can thou ate a two-eyed stack (a herring) ?
STAN , 'stand'.
The clock is stannin, i. e. the clock has stopped.
STANCH, STENCH , 'staunch', abstaining from liquor.
Aw, there's life with my man avar since he's keepin stanch. This tub is not very stench, it's beginnin to leek (leak).
STANG , pole. A not unusual punishment carried out by the populace
was to bind the offender 'cross-legs' on a stang, each end of the stang resting
on the shoulders of men who acted as bearers. Helpers walked at the sides and
held the man who 'rode the stang' upright.
I remember meself seein a man ridin the stang of a Sathurda night in the Big Sthreet, and the people shoutin and hurrawire beyon' anything.
STANLAGH-MOOAR  (Mx., lit. 'great Stanley'),
James, seventh Earl of Derby, who was beheaded at Bolton for his services to
the Royalist cause in 1651.
They're sayin the Stanlagh Mooar himself wore loaghtan.
STASHA , 'moustache'.
The little stasha under the nose (B.). He's gorra mouse-stasha on him that would feer freekin ye, aw, a swcepin'-brush !
STEEP , rennet.
I'll be sending you a boddle (bottle) of steep. You can make steep for pinjane out of ' Lus-y-steep' (plant of the steep), what the English ones is callin Butter-wort (Pinguicula vulgaris).
I'm toul' if yell dhrop a snail in the milk it'll thicken it aequal to any steep.
STERICK, STEKRIT , restiveness.
The hoss tuk a sterick and ron. I'm thinking that hoss is middlin sterricky.
STHAAGER , 'stagger', shuffling of feet.
He was sthaagerin along the road. He was goin sthaagerin home when I seen him.
I tuk a sthaager (diziness) in my head.
We hard sthaaga on the laf an' we knew Johnny was on his feet.
STHAGGA  (Mx. staikey), 'staking', fixing. Afther a deal of sthagga they managed it.
STHAHL  (Mx. st(ghyl), an awkward person.
That big sthahl of a thing-he isn fit to come in a body's house, knockin everything over he's comin agains'.
STHAHLAGH, STHAIRLAGH  (Mx. staghylagh), awkward,
He was sthahlagh uncommon, he wanted taechin a few manners. You're
very sthairlagh. Ye're å ter'ble sthairlagh.
STHEG  (Mx.), 'steak', slice or piece of meat.
We would be goin roun' to three or four of the neighbours with a stheg when we were killin a pig.
STHIRR  (Mx. styr), a call to incite a dog.
He shouted to the dog, ' Sthirr, boy!' to go afther the sheep.
STHOLE, STHOOL , 'stool', a clump
growing from one root. C,t, 5't4cl f siac-t'c . -i-J--1f /v.o i7.c'
The bruit (green cornlis beginnin to Sthole. I navar seen baens (beans) sthoolin afore.
STHOO , 'stoo', to drive away by hooting.
Sthood a chap by (of) the name of Jones (B.). Don't give sthoo so hasty (B.). Gave her the sthoo over the sthreet (B.).
STHOT , 'stot', a bullock.
He seen somethin makin for him in the dark, somethin as big as a sthot, and he ron for his life.
STHRAIL , 'trail'. Like sthrailin through a ford.
STHRAMLAG  (Mx. stramlag), an awkward thing or person.
She's lookin a big sthramlag. Ye big stram !
STHRAMP, STHROMP , Istramp', trample; eagerly
He sthrampt upon it. He sthrompt it underfoot. Springy heather and goss to tickle ye as ye stramp along (B.).
Sthrampin to be at it very soon.
STHRANG , Strang, the name of the place where the lunatic asylum
At the Sthrang there, aye-and a mortal buildin (B.). We'll have to purrim to the Sthrang, i. e. We shall have to send him to the Lunatic Asylum.
STHRANGER , ' stranger', tourist, a person not native
to the Isle of Man.
The Islan' is full o' sthrangers this summer, and they're callin us ones ' natives', lek if we were 'blacks'.
STHRAP , 'strap', a line used to tie the net to the buoy in
fishing; credit; sliet.
More sthrap, longer throw:-When we fish low (close to land) we give less sthrap to the nets.
We cudn get no more sthrap at yandher shop-it was all cut off. Yandher ones is all for sthrap and navar payin.
Yandher sthrap of a sarvint (B.).
STHRAVOGUE, STHRAVAGUE , ramble, stroll.
Goin sthravoguin along. The whole of your stravagin I would not attempt (B.).
STHRAWL  (Mx. strull), rinse.
The clothes is gettin' a lil strawl afther the dollyin is done.
STHREEL , a person of untidy and trailing attire.
She's a sthreel of a one,-her clothes lek if they were put on with a pitchfork.
STHREET , 'street', the space in front of a house in the
country ; a name for Ballaugh village.
And the sthreet to the house was kep' as Glane as Glane. A midden needn' be a sink! trim it nice upon the street (B.).
He's gone to the Sthreet.
STHREEUS  (Mx. streeys, 'strife'), the meeting of two
Take keer thee boat won't be catched in the sthreeus.
STHRETCH , reach; grow; exaggerate.
Stretch that pinn-radlah to me, i. e. reach me that thingumbob. The childer is sthretchin well-they're inches bigger till Ins' year. Aw, Missis, ye're sthretchin when ye're sayin that.
STHRIGGINS  (Mx. strig), ' strokings', the last milk taken
from a cow, afterings. See Sthrippins.
She's puttin the sthriggins in a lil can by themselves.
STHRIGGLE , 'strickle', the stick or roller with which the
surplus grain is struck off to level it with the rim of the measure ; a whetstone.
You want to put the sthriggle on it to even it.
He's gone to get the sthriggle to sharpen the scythe.
STHRIKE ,'strike', event, feast..
It was the greatest sthrike that avar I come across in all my born days. A lot o' them hevin their supper, my gough ! what a strike they were havin.
STHRING , 'string', succession.
I met sthrings of people goin to chapel. I know loads of songs-sthrings and sthrings o' them. The carloads o' sthrangers is goin on the road in sthrings to-day.
STHRINGER, STRINGER , string, a long hanging trail
The stringers of the long sea grass (B.).
STHRIPPER , 'stripper', a cow not giving milk. A nice lil strippper it was.
STHRIPPINS , 'strippings', afterings, the last of a cow's
milk. See Sthriggins.
There's twice the craem comin on the sthrippins.
STHRITE , 'straight', exactly.
The smell of the fairies is sthrite lek the smell of goose-dung. Sthrite like his grandaa the lil falla is. Straight like the bristles tha's on a boar (B.).
Many is the corpse I've sthretchid and laid on the sthritenen boord, i.e. a straightening board, a board placed under the dead body to keep it straight.
STHRITLAG  (Mx. stritlag-->], a jade.
I've nothin to say to such sthritlags.
STHRONNAG  (Mx. stronnag), the common guillemot. A sthronnag and a sea-pigeon (the black guillemot) isn the same.
STHROOG, STROOGH  (Mx. struge), 'stroke'; trail or drag
She's sthrooggin the cat. She had her up in her lap . . , in a minute . . .
and strooghin her there (B.). Give it a sthroog to one side, i. e. push it aside. The dog must be clapped, but the cat must be strooghed.
His feet goin strooghin (B.). Strooghin their legs that lazy way (B.). There's oul' ' sthroogy', comin draggin his feet along.
Phr. to sthroog one's buttons, to challenge to a fight ; among boys this is done by the challenger rubbing his hand down the waistcoat buttons of his adversary.
He dar'd me to sthroog his buttons.
STHROOGAGH  (Mx. strugagh), draggy.
And him walkin along that sthroogagh it was makin me tired, jus' with looking on him.
STHRUMPAG  (Mx. strumpag), strumpet. Aw well, there was sthrumpags in from the beginnin.
STHUGGA  (Mx. stuggey), a thick-set, half-grown person.
I knew her well, a nice lil sthugga of a gel (B.). He's a fine sthugga of a chap.
STICK , persevere.
He's workin, but he can't stick to. Gels is stickier till boys (B.), i. e. more constant.
STILL , ever.
She's still at the toy-pot, navar an hour lithout it.
Still-and for-all (nevertheless) a drop o' toy is gud now and then.
STIME , a glimmer.
I used to go to bed and lave the door on the sneg, and a stime o' light on the lamp for him. There wasn a stime o' light to be seen in the house when we got home.
STINE , stye, a pustule on the eyelid.
He tuk a stine in his eye. My uncle was ter'ble gud to put stines away for people, but it wasn from him I got the charrim. Get a yalla headed pin, rub it nine times roun' the stine agains' the sun (from right to left), sayin ' Stye one, stye two', till ye get to 'stye nine' ; then go back with the sun (from left to right), sayin ' From nine to eight, from eight to seven', till ye get to 'From two to one, from one to none at all'.
STINK , pride.
Well, what stink there's in some people! Ate•, the Wolleraghs was all high, there was always a stink in them.
STINKA. The base in a children's game.
STIP , a tip-toe step.
A stip and a step (B.).
STITCH , the name of a distemper prevalent in the Island in 1784.
I've hard the oul' people talk of the numbers that died in the stitches and others that died in the shakes (ague).
STOB . A short fencing post. Stumpy in figure. That hedge wants
He's not much to look at-a stob of a man.
STOCK , winter store, especially of herrings.
Hev ye got yer stock yet ? The right time to get yer stock is between the two Lammas', i. e. between New Lammas (August r) and Old Lammas (August z2).
Stockfish, imported salted and dried fish:-She clouted him like stockfish.
I can swim like a white stone, i. e. I cannot swim at all.
STONER , a Macadamizer.
Them stoners or sloners or whatavar ye're callin them, is spurlin the road instead o' mendin it.
STORSHIN, STORSHINER , 'nasturtium'. There's honey in the tails of the storshins. He's got red and yalla storshiners grawin.
STOUT , well in health.
I'm glad to see you're keepin stout. Stout and hearty and free (B.).
STOYL-DROMMEY  (Mx., lit. 'back stool'),
A stoyl-drommey arrim made of suggane, i. e. he had an armchair made of straw-rope.
STR-. For words beginning with 'sty' see under ' sthr'.
STROOAN  (Mx. strooan), stream.
He'd be takin a slew up the lill gill towards the head of the strooan.
STUBBIN  (Mx.), a tailless cat. There is a
tradition that the first 'stubbin' or rumpy cat seen in the Island was cast
ashore from a foreign vessel wrecked on the rocks of Spanish Head 'shortly after
the creation of the world.'
Where's oul' stubbin got to?
STUDDY , 'steady'.
He had such studdy ways with him (B.). It was well he kept studdy (B.). He studdied himself agin the post (B.).
STUMMIDGER , 'stomacher'.
And the waist of her frock-aw, like a stummidger half-way down to her knees-a Shaw !
STUNNER , a striking looking, well-dressed woman, in She's
a stunner from the Ndth
Atin puddin before the broth.
STUNSIL , 'studding-sail'. And riggin out a stunsil yard (B.).
STYR  (Mx.), a call to incite a dog to attack.
When he seen the boys stalin his ahpples he shouted ' styr! ' and the dog jumped on one o' the rascals and bit him savage.
SUBJEC , ' subject'; substance. The cough was subjet' to her.
It gets in the grain, the very subjecs lek (B.). They haven't got the same subjecs as us (B.).
SUCK , juice.
And all the suck and all the fat strained out of him.
SUGGANE  (Mx.), straw-rope.
Caesar was making sugganes for him with a twister.
Suggane peg or pins, the pegs that fasten the ends of the straw ropes on thatched roofs.
We would dhrop like watered herrin' off the suggane pegs.
SUMARK  (Mx.), primrose.
I've seen puddins made of sumarkyn source (summer primroses), and gud atin they were too.
SUMMER , to spend the summer.
'You must summer and winter a stranger before you can form an opinion of him.' (Manx proverb.)
SUN , sunlight.
The oul fishermen I yvent to sea with reckoned it unlucky to turn the boat round against the sun at going out of the harbour, and a great number of the men will take a lot of trouble to turn the boats round with the sun even now. Houl' on, don't put her out against the sun.
Stan' urro me sun. But the sun is goin wes' (declining), and I'm too cull to Yarn.
SUNDA , 'Sunday'.
Hurry up and don't be puttin the Sunda walk (slow gait) on ye. Spendin the Sunda goin on the neighbour houses.
SUNDHART  (Mx. stondayri), a standard yard measure. The fiannan wasn the whole sundhart wide, and that coorse ye cud riddle bull-dogs through it.
SURN , sewer.
The hafe crown dhropped urrov her han' an' yowled down the surn.
SWAEL, SWAIL , 'sweal', to flare and gutter as a candle. The candle is swaelin in the draf o' the door. Houl' the candle sthrite and dont be lettin it swail and dhrop (drip).
The herrin boats that was called swassels had one mas', and carried a sail of a square shape that raecht from top to bottom o' the mas'.
SWAT , 'squat', dodge. See Squat. He made a swat and away.
SWEEP , a good-for-nothing; the black goby. He's a dhrunken sweep of a man. Gerrout ye sweep. We used to catch sweeps when fishing gilpin.
SWEET , used intensively.
I giv it to him sweet, the sweetest lickins he avar got with a stick.
SWEETENER , a puffer at a sale.
I would have gorrit shillins chaper only for that oul' sweetener.
SWIM , the air-bladder of a fish.
For every herrin-swim that ye'll ate you'll be able to swim a yard furdher in the water.
SWIMMER , a dumpling boiled in broth.
For Sunda's dinner we'd be havin broth, and swimmers, and a junk o' beef-all boiled together.
SWINEY, SWOINEY , a sea-name for a pig.
Swiney is the right name of a pig when you're on the water. When ye're aboord if ye're wantin to talk about a pig you mus' call it swoiney.
SWINKLE , twinkle.
The Devil take thee and thy lap-dog, Thy jauntin' car likewise,
I would rather marry a young man
With black and swinklin eyes. (Song.)
SWINSY, see SQUINSY.
SWIVLE, SWIVVEL , 'supple', 'swift', active.
I hope she'll soon be as swivee as ever (B.). Swivel and clavar on a lugger
and handy at the plough (B.), As swivel on fut as a hare (B.). I couldn ha' done, slow or swivel (B.).
SYL , Sylvester.
Creg Willy Syl (place-name meaning Willy Sylvester's rock.)