Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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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

What does the verb boke/boak mean?

to hit
5(9.4%)
to borrow
4(7.5%)
to vomit
44(83.0%)

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

the mouth
20(46.5%)
the nose
11(25.6%)
the stomach
12(27.9%)

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

making love
1(1.6%)
playing sport
5(8.2%)
wasting time
55(90.2%)

What is a wain / wean / weean?

a child
56(90.3%)
a snack
2(3.2%)
a wagon
4(6.5%)

What happens to a sheuch / sheugh when it rains?

it fills with water (it's a shallow ditch)
31(70.5%)
it gets soggy (it's a bread roll)
4(9.1%)
it goes under cover if it has any sense (it's a horse)
9(20.5%)

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

bar-tender
0(0.0%)
police (or other security services)
1(2.0%)
unemployed
50(98.0%)


Answers in due course (and no sneaky googling).
Tags: language: english, world: northern ireland
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