[From Manx Dialect, 1934]


Quaagh, aloof, shy, melancholy. " A quaagh, lonely man he was" (Douglas, The Lips of the Sea, page ii). Manx, with many shades of meaning. Sc. Gaelic coimheach, foreign, strange, shy; a word whose original meaning seems to have become reversed in the course of time.

Queer is used intensively in such phrases as " It's a quare an' sorrowful tune for my mother to be so fond of " (Cushag, Alylecharaine, page 14). " You'll be queer an' sick if you keep on suckin' them turkey-nobs." Only in unfavourable senses. Common in the North of Ireland also.


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