Isle of Wight Words Explained

Mr Caulkhead has been creating an audio series of Isle of Wight words, for the filthy Overners like us.

Isle of Wight Words ExplainedOver the time VB has been running, we have thought, and others have suggested, that we create a dictionary of Isle of Wight phrases.

A brilliant idea, but we just haven’t found the time to get around to it.

Luckily now, someone has done a most excellent job of it – that’s one of the great things about the Internet, people adding to what’s available.

See/ listen to all Isle of Wight Words

Mr Caulkhead has used a spiffing new service called ipadio, to publish audio explanations of Island words, or as Mr C more correctly calls them, colloquialisms.

We’ve been watching/listening to this for a little while and notice that he’s been doing them on a regular basis, so we’re planning to bring one a day to you as long as they continue.

As you listen, you’ll hear that Mr Caulkhead’s pieces develop, moving to take the form of the spelling of the word, pronunciation, its explanation and it being used in the context of a sentence or two.

He also expands it into vital information like, if ‘whistersniff’ were in the English dictionary, it would be worth upwards to 120 points in Scrabble.

First one is the well-known Nammet.

Calling Mr Caulkhead
Love it when people take their time and effort to provide people with content like this.

We’ve haven’t found a way to contact Mr Caulkhead yet, so if you know him, put us in touch would you?

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Wednesday, 10th June, 2009 10:16am



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  1. i ad a gert maggishag pon me stirlob this morning .

  2. Fantastic! Some of the older locals are keeping these words alive but I don’t often hear anyone my age using anything but ‘nammit’.

  3. Aint mammet.. but nammit!

    Git it roit U gert wazzuk.

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