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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-30-2008, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Newfoundland Dictionary

Well with Jeanie saying the word "conniption" in another thread it got me thinking I should post some entries in the Newfoundland Dictionary seeing as I hadn't heard anyone say it outside of Newfoundland that wasn't from there to start with lol.

Angishore - a weak miserable person.
Ballyrag - to abuse.
Ballycater - ice formed by spray on the rocks.
Barmp - Toot your car horn. (Hey Tom, why did you barmp your horn at me?) First time I said that here I was given such a look, they hadn't a clue what I was talking about.
Biniky - ill-tempered.
Biver - to shiver.
Blinker, Blinker - sound your vehicle signal lights make. (Hey Tom, turn on your blinkers) For the longest time I thought that was what they were really called. Well turns out most people use turning signals around here and again gave me an "are you an alien" look.
Blear - to complain loudly.
Chucklehead - a bright person.
Chinch - to stow tightly.
Cuddy - a covered space in the bow of a boat.
Douse - to give a guick blow, "douse the fire"-put it out or "don't make me douse you on the head"
Drash - to pluck or pull quickly.
Duckish - the time between sunset and dark.
Dwai - a short snow shower.
"tap" - (fawcett).
"clit" - ( tangles in your hair).
"taps" - (sole of your shoes).
Ferks - the crotch of pants.
Starn - your behind.
Bridge - porch or veranda, back step.
The Reckly - soon
Bumbuy - Later on
Slu or slew - turn
Maul Mouth - a screecher
Glom - to grab
Rodney - a Punt
High Rat - Three Handed Punt
Water the harse - give water to the horse.
Lassy - Molasses.
Flux - to Haul quickly
Flice - to throw.
Streal - unkept person


And some phrases.

Long may your Jib draw - A good wish for the future.
May snow is good for sore eyes - An old legend, many say it's true.
Mucked her off to the hospital - Took her to the hospital.
The older the crab, the tougher his claws - It is not easy to fool a sophisticated person.
You are taking a rise out of me - Your flattery is only for the purpose of making others laugh at me.
You can't tell the mind of a squid - This refers to an unreliable person, a squid can move backwards or forward.
Tis not every day that Morris kills a cow - Favorable opportunity comes but seldom.
u gotta face only ya mudder could love - your ugly.
'ow she gettin on dere cocky - how are you??
yur stund as me arse - your not too bright.
Cold enough to skin ya, Hot enough to poison ya - really cold or too hot.
Jumpin dyin - upset with something not going the way you want.
go on by! - You sure?
"that is some squish" (notstraight). Why does no one know what "squish" means?! I told a friend's mother once that a picture on the wall was slanted by saying "that's some squish". I was kindly corrected by the mother "That's a pear not a squash".
'Bottle of drink' - A bottle or can of pop
How ya doin me old trout? - How are you doing. Usually said by family. I couldn't tell you how many times I've been greeted with this.
The bottom feel out of her - it all went wrong.
Proper ting bye - Your doing the right thing.
Take care me ducky/me love! - Wishing well to a girl. Same with this term.
One of them mornings your going to wake up dead.
She's some lop on da pond, buddy what? It's said when the water is rough, lop meaning the waves and and no a pond does not mean a pond, it also means the ocean lol.
O me nerves you got me drove. - I can't handle it anymore your driving me insane

And finally before you all die of bordem I have one last thing to say...
Lard tunderin' ders more slang in nfld den der is icecaps on da water!
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Those are neat, Lisa! How colorful! My parents used terms I never hear anywhere else, too!

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I've heard of a few of those, but most are new to me. I love local slang.


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I know a few of them But not being by the sea, a lot of those wouldn't make sense said where I'm from


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That's really interesting!! Cuddy was the only word in the first list I recognized; I don't think that's a strict Newfoundlandish word. But having done some sailing, it was a word I'd come across before. And it's interesting to see the heavy influence boats and fishing have on the language.

I wonder if the phrase about Morris killing the cow means Morris the cat?
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Tap is British of course.

We also use another of those, but for a much ruder meaning.
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Yes, I know the one you mean, Huge.

I also remember people used to say 'blinkers' meaing indicators (or 'signal lights' as seems to be the US term). You don't hear that so much now, but I think people here would still know what you meant.

I love those sayings, Lilac.
'You can't tell the mind of a squid'... I think I'll start using that one and see what reaction I get

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Alot of them probably came with the families when they left the UK to live over here. So the UK probably still uses a quite a few of the words, and anybody who's in the sailing/fishing area will probably hear a few as well. But to alot of people on the mainland have no clue what your talking about if you say anything of the sorts lol.

I just can't get enough of the colorful language and warm people. It's a whole different way of living there and I'd give my right leg to live there again.

You'll have to make a thread about the reactions you get when you use it Seashell.
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