Dialect – Words

John McCullagh May 11, 2006

The visiting American University academic professed an interest in semantics, and especially in the local variety of word usage. 

John McCullagh June 8, 2005

Dialect ‘W’ Wabbley                     (Wobbly) unsteady Wabbler                     ‘he tuk a wabbler’ he suffered a fit, a ‘turn’ Wad                             handful, i.e. of money, rags, straw etc. Waited on                     dying, ‘she’s being waited on, God spare her!’ Wag             […]

John McCullagh May 30, 2005

This is the penultimate in our long-running series of an alphabet of words peculiar to, or used in a specific meaning in South Armagh.  We have had few reactions, hostile or supportive, and few additions or corrections.  Please correct this! Dialect ‘U’ Unbeknownst   :     unknown to Unchancy       :       unlucky, ‘an unchancy one, that […]

John McCullagh May 29, 2005

Trig :    neat, ‘a trig wee farm’ Trinkle : trickle, ‘there’s a wee trinkle left in the river still’ Trinnel :    trundle; ‘trinnel it up to the cart for me, please’ Trollop :    an untidy person;  ‘don’t be walking out with that trollop!’

John McCullagh May 5, 2005

Thrush:  infection of the throat Tick:     credit, ‘most of our goods are got on tick’ Tied:     outraged, ‘fit to be tied’            helpless, ‘we laughed that much we were fit to be tied’            confused, ‘you’ve got me tied up in a knot’

John McCullagh March 27, 2005

Dialect ‘S’ 6 of 7 Staff :  stick Stagger : attempt, ‘he staggered it anyhow’ Start : ‘you gave me a start’, scared me; commence, ‘start the game’  

John McCullagh March 27, 2005

Dialect ‘S’ 5 of 7 Snig   :          cut or slash; remove burning end of cigarette with the intention of re-lighting it later Snigger :       laugh Soople  :       active  

John McCullagh February 17, 2005

Dialect ‘T’ 2   Tell              count, ‘I could never tell twice two’   Teem           downpour, ‘It’s not raining, it’s teeming’

John McCullagh February 14, 2005

  Tack            taint, ‘the butter has a tack’                    clothes or money, ‘he’s without a tack’