[From Manx Dialect, 1934]


Unnysup, a scolding, punishment, a thrashing. " He've got his unnisup anyhow " (Cushag, Mylecharaine, page 22). " There'll be unnysup from the missis when I get home." " It was a common word with the folk on the Mull, and meant a good thrashing when we, that were young fellows, did some mischief for some of the old folks. I have often heard them say that they would give us ' unnesup if they caught us'" (Roeder, Lioar Manninagh, iii, 18g). A facetious misuse of the word for the fiddler's reward at old-time Christmas dances ; originally (in the Island) the name of a carol, derived from the English song ' The Hunt's Up.'

Uplifted, haughty, overbearing. " Aw, very rough, And savage though ; aye, savage enough-And uplifted scandalous, and setting their face Like a flint " (Brown 360).

Upside. See " Overside."


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