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Dialect quiz

I see several people doing blog posts about their native dialects today, so I thought I'd follow suit - but in the form of a poll. Running through these I was slightly surprised to realise how few of these words actually have standard English spellings.

Poll #1973561 Ulster English
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 61

What does the verb boke/boak mean?

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to hit
4 (7.7%)
to borrow
4 (7.7%)
to vomit
44 (84.6%)

What part of the body is referred to as your bake?

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the mouth
20 (47.6%)
the nose
11 (26.2%)
the stomach
11 (26.2%)

If you are footering / futering, what are you doing?

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making love
1 (1.7%)
playing sport
5 (8.3%)
wasting time
54 (90.0%)

What is a wain / wean / weean?

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a child
54 (90.0%)
a snack
2 (3.3%)
a wagon
4 (6.7%)

What happens to a sheuch / sheugh when it rains?

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it fills with water (it's a shallow ditch)
30 (69.8%)
it gets soggy (it's a bread roll)
4 (9.3%)
it goes under cover if it has any sense (it's a horse)
9 (20.9%)

What is the profession of someone who is on the bru / broo?

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0 (0.0%)
police (or other security services)
1 (2.0%)
48 (98.0%)

Answers in due course (and no sneaky googling).


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 29th, 2014 10:45 am (UTC)
Guessing guessing :D
Jun. 29th, 2014 11:02 am (UTC)
Despite being married to a born-and-bred Norn Iron man, the only two of these I actually knew were boke and wean.

I do find myself using phrases sometimes that I've picked up from him and then I am surprised when others turn out not to know them. Ones that spring to mind are grody, hoke (as in hoking through a bin), up the left, and the use of "whenever" to mean "when (on only one occasion in the past)" (as opposed to the "standard" English meaning of "when (on more than one occasion in the past)". I'd be interested to know your thoughts on those ones as well!
Jun. 29th, 2014 11:50 am (UTC)
The only ones I know are the ones that cross over with West of Scotland dialect (wean, boke, footering).
Jun. 29th, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
Jun. 30th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
What, all of them, you mean? :) And by "in common", I'm assuming "directly from"!

Actually, I didn't know "sheuch" (passed on that one) so maybe that's not -- perhaps directly from one-or-other Goidelic language?. Though I'm planning on running that past google, and/or a more highly qualified Scots speaker... And of course, some of the ones I think are might be "false friends" -- especially if a sufficiently sly poll-compiler had precisely that idea.
Jul. 1st, 2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
Likewise - well, that and 'on the broo', which used to be more widely used.
Jun. 29th, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
Nothing for a foreigner.
Jun. 29th, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
I've no idea for some of them, but I've got a problem with 4 because I've heard it used for two of those things. I blame Oor Wullie and the Broons.
Jun. 30th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
DC Thompson/medievalism crosstalk on that one, perhaps?
Jun. 30th, 2014 10:19 am (UTC)
2 I knew, 2 I was fairly sure of and 2 I had no idea about. But then I'm married to a Northern Irishman and live in Scotland where some of these are also used.
Jun. 30th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thon quiz of yours was wee buns, so it was.

Jul. 1st, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
This is v funny, I thought most of those were Scots/ Glaswegian! Which way did the borrow go..?
Jul. 1st, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
Actually i would have SWORN on the bru was pure Glasgie..
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