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Anglo-Manx Dialect

by Bernadette Weyde

A few more words of the Anglo-Manx dialect.

MANNINAGH = belonging to the Isle of Man
He’s a Manninagh dooie and she’s a Ben-vanninagh-dooie.”  (He’s a native/true Manxman and she’s a native/true Manxwoman)

SNOG = a nod
Always givin’ a snog when we met.”

STASHA = moustache
He’s gorra mouse-stasha on him like a sweepin’ brush!

COOTH/COUTH = coldness/cold (one of the most common words still in use today)
The cooth was going through me.”  “It’s cooth today boy.

ROSY-DANDHER = rhododendron
Them is fine rosy-dandhers.”

MAA = mother; elderly woman
When Daa boght (poor father) died, Maa veen (dear mother) was fit to break her heart.”  “Maa Kinvig was allowed to be as clever as any Doctor o’ Degrees.”

CRAPLAG = wrinkle, crease
Her face is all over craplags.”  “Your coat’s in craplags, you should’ve hung it up.”

SLEETCH = slime; figuratively a deceitful, slippery person, a sneak (this word is still said today)
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 has.

JESH = right; neat; active, handy
She’s upstairs makin’ herself jesh.”  “She’s very jesh in her clothes.”  “He’s a jesh man about the house an’ can turn his han’ to anything.

BUMBEE = humble-bee
He can sing like a bumbee in a barrel,” i.e. he can make a noise but no tune.

JOOIGH = greedy, ravenous
She’s middlin’ jooigh.”  “He’s a jooigh man.”

HOBBLE = predicament; to be in difficulties
Wha’s the hobbles you’re in now?”  “He’s that hobbled poor man, he’ll navar be able to pay the rent.”

GRAIH= love, often used in terms of endearment (’ghraih’ is the mutated form)
Graih my chree,” (love of my heart).   “Graih villish,” (sweet love).  “My ghraih veen,” (my dear love).  “I remember oul’ Sal and her donkey too…she’d be sthroogin (stroking) the donkey’s nose and sayin, ‘Aw, my ghraih bannit’” (my blessed love).

(source: Vocabulary of the Anglo-Manx Dialect by AW Moore, S Morrison & E Goodwin (1924))

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