Fews Glossary: S 3

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Dialect ‘S’ 3 of 7
 
Shorten the road   have company while walking: ‘Will ye shorten the road wi’ me?’
Show                    loan, give, ‘show me your spade an’ I’ll larn ye till dig’
Showing Sunday    Sunday after their wedding, the couple attend the church in which they were wed
Shows                   refuse from flax
Shiggy-shoo          see-saw
Shook for a word   at a loss; ‘He’s not shook for a word, that boy!’
Sift                        enquire, ‘he will sift it for you’
Sipple                    drink, ‘a wee sipple now, just what’ll wet the glass’
Signed                   branded
Skedaddle              vamoose!  ‘We skedaddled while we cud’
Skelf                      a wood splinter
Skelp                     slap, blow, ‘Clear aff or I’ll give yer backside a skelp!’
Skelly                    squint, ‘God love her, she’s skelly-eyed’
Skiff                      small shower of rain
Skinning the field    breaking up the lea, ploughing
Skirl                       scream
Skirted                  run, ‘They had all skirted before the polis came’
Skite                     a light blow; to splash or throw
Skite                     1. fool: 2. ‘he won’t be long skiting across’, running
 

Fews Glossary: S 1

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Dialect ‘S’ 1 of 7
 
Sack            dismiss, also bags of all sizes
Saggans       tall reeds or plants growing in water
Sally            willow, a sally rod once used for corporal punishment
Salted          ‘well salted’, paid above the going rate
Say              ‘he has no say in his house’
                   agree, ‘Say with her! It saves trouble.’
Scad            little, short
Scaldsome   troublesome
Scollops       rods sharpened at both ends, then doubled and driven into the scraws in thatching
Scope          scoup, hollow out or excavate
Score           scratch, ‘score her eyes out’
Scrab           scratch, ‘Mary scrabbed me, ma’
Scranch       crunch or crush
Scrant          ‘bad scrant till ye for yer cheek!’, begone!  Ill luck to you
Scrapers      feet, ‘wipe yer scrapers before you come in’
Scraws        sods
Screed         a story
Scringe        creak, borrow
Scroggy       waste land of bracken or briars
Scrub           mean: also occasionally affectionate term, ‘a taking wee scrub that’, a fine child
Scruff           back of the neck
Scrunt          useless, small
Scuffed        shabby
Scum           to skim, ‘scum the milk’
Scunder       dislike
Scundered    devastated, ‘I was scundered when it happened’

Fews Glossary: R 3

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Right            complete, thorough, ‘he’s a right gentleman’
Rightly         fine, ‘I’m doing rightly, thank you’: well, ‘I know it rightly’
Rigmarole    a convoluted, unbelievable story
Rise             rib, take a hand out of, raise his temper, ‘don’t rise him!’
Rogue                   v. cheat, ‘he’d rogue ye if he had the chance’
Roughness   plenty
Rub              n. praise or disparage, ‘he’d give ye a wee rub’
                   ‘rub of the relic’, euphemism for sexual relations
Ructions       a hullabaloo, a row, ‘he raised ructions over it’
Rue              regret, repent,  ‘she rued the day’
Rug              to pull
Rummel       to shake
Run              leak, ‘the water has all run out of the pot’
Rung            step of chair or ladder
Runner         a person who is always in someone else’s house, ‘ceilier’
Runs            goes, of inanimate object, ‘the road runs till Armagh’
Runt            small, the reject
Rust             to take fright, to refuse, ‘the horse rusted on me’
 
 
 
 

Fews Glossary: R 2

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Right            complete, thorough, ‘he’s a right gentleman’
Rightly         fine, ‘I’m doing rightly’ well, ‘I know it rightly’
Rigmarole    a convoluted, unbelievable story
Rise             rib, tease, raise his temper, ‘don’t rise him!’
Rogue         v. cheat, ‘he’d rogue ye if he had the chance’
Roughness   plenty
Rub        n. praise or disparage, ‘he’d give ye a wee rub’
Ructions    a hullaballu, a row, ‘he raised ructions over it’
Rue              regret, repent, ‘she rued the day that…’
Rug              to pull
Rummel       to shake
Run              leak, ‘the water has all run out of the pot’
Rung            step of chair or ladder
Runner        one always in someone else’s house, ‘ceilier’
Runs            goes, ‘the road runs all the way till Armagh’
Runt            small, reject, ‘Pay no heed of the wee runt’
Rust         take fright, to refuse, ‘the horse rusted on me’
 
 
 
 

Fews Glossary: R 1

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Dialect ‘R’ 1
 
Rabble         to talk foolishly
Rake            quantity, ‘a rake of butter’, ‘a rake of flax-land’
Rampage     to stamp noisily, to make a disturbance
Ram-stan     rash, headlong
Rammel-tree         beam in byre to which cow-stakes are fastened
Ramp           to stamp in anger or rage
Rap              rascal: also, rapscallion
Rasps          raspberries
Rattle-skull   silly person who talks without thinking
Ready          make ready, prepare, ‘ready the horses for the plough’
Reason        talk
Red              clear, tidy up. ‘red the way for the cart’, ‘all red up’, red your hair, girl!’
Reel             joke
Reek            smell strongly
Reeve          splitting, ‘a reeving pain in my head’
Rench          rinse, ‘rench up the dishes, there’s a good girl!’  (Mum was always annoyed when I took this literally: i.e. failed also to dry and return them to their respective cupboards.  Like when I was asked to ‘give the chile’s face a lick!’  Well, that’s what she asked me to do, isn’t it?)
Rib               as thin as a, ‘just a stack of ribs, that girl’
Resate         receipt
Ribbely         rebellious
Rig               ridge
Rickle           a heap, ‘a rickle of turf’, ‘a rickle of bones’
Rift              drift. ‘we rifted apart of recent’
Riff-raff        people of low moral standing

Fews Glossary: Q

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Dialect ‘Q’
 
Qua             marshy land, shaky bog-land
Quare          exceptional, usually qualifying a noun, from ‘queer’
Quare head  scholar, or pejorative, ‘I woke with a quare head on me’, i.e. hangover effects
Quare geg    ‘he’s a quare geg’, comic character not to be taken seriously
Quare-cleft   partly silly
Quicks         thorn plants
Quit             Put an end to, ‘quit yer blettering, will ye?’
Quit             acquit, ‘I quit ye of blame for it’
Quiz             question, ‘quiz him as to where he was’
Quet            alternative pronunciation of ‘quit’
Quest party  search party, ‘the quest party looked for the lost gassun’
 
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