[From Manx Dialect, 1934]


Achlish, a bundle of anything carried under the arm (Mona Miscellany, ii, 219). Manx for 'armpit.'

Across (sometimes 'Across the water'), means England, via Liverpool. " He's gone across for a few days." " She's married and living across." " We get all our printing done across the water." " The Island ought to have it; they have it across." Legislation is prone to copy 'across' when it can. The first Viking spoke prophetically when he went back to Norway and reported that the Islanders worshipped a cross.

Admire. i. To wonder at. " I'm admiring myself, singing away about a lot of butter in the churn, and the bithag looking just the same as when I started three hours ago ! . . . I'm tired " (Douglas, The Churning, p. 3). 'Bithag,' the milk. " You'd raelly admire how the rain can keep on the way it does." Original sense of ' admire,' now archaic in England.

2. 'Admire' with a negative conveys the idea of repugnance or fear. After contemplating an animated dog-fight for some moments a Manx farmer observed, " I'm thinkin' them two dogs is not admirin' each other much! " " I'm not admiring to be travelling it myself that time, alone " (Douglas, The Lips of the Sea, p. 7) ; i.e., to be walking on a certain lonely road in the twilight.

After-claps, after-effects or sequel. "But the afthar-claps it laves is far wus " (Rydings 90) ; the after-effects of measles. " The man whom God has created anew does not need any such after-claps as are implied in the phrase ' second blessing ' " (a Manx local preacher on the subject of Sanctification, per Christian Callister in the Methodist Recorder, Winter, 1901).

Agg, to cut, slit ; as, for example, the sides of a herring before frying it. Manx agg, a notch.

Allow, to state, declare. " They are allowing it will be fine to-day " (Shimmin, Luss ny Graih, p. 4). " It was always allowed to be a fairy tree " (Antiquary, xxxi, 144).

Allowing (used interjectionally), is equivalent to 'true, but . . . ; admitting what you state or imply, giving all due credit to the other side of the question. " Aw yis, she's nice enough, allowin', but theer's no money at her, man ! " " ' Quayle was the only man for the job.' ' Allowin', allowin', but he's not much good at it for all.' "

Amvlass, a beverage of buttermilk with hot water added (Clague, Manx Reminiscences, p. 211). A native cocktail. Manx; literally ' mixed flavour,' according to Kelly.

Asgleden. " Herself is gone asgleden. A'm posed with her " (Shimmin, The Charm, page 1i). Mr. H. P. Kelly, to whom I submitted this word, analyses it into and glen, meaning quite beyond bounds; literally 'Clean outside.' Glen, therefore, evidently has here the force of its English equivalent in such expressions ' clean gone,' ' clean bowled.'

Augh-augh, an interjection expressing regret or smny, or merely expostulation. " Ogh, hogh, the m i l f es that's in ! " (Cushag, Mylecharaine, page ig). Aut;h-augh, theer goes the stem o' me pipe ! " Augh-augh, woman, don't start cryin' ! "

It is sometimes used as a noun. To 'put the aughaugh on ' anyone is to give him cause to utter those ands of woe, to defeat his plans, to treat him to a dressing-down or even a thrashing. " The friend Ellie is bringing is a young man . . . and between them they'll he putting the hogh-hogh on Billy Faragher " (Kinley, Ellie's Stranger, Mannin, No. 8, page 460).

Away. 1. Of one who is dreamy, bemused, listless, or 'in a decline,' it is said that he or she is ' away.' 'Away with the fairies' seem to have been the complete phrase ,or at least the complete idea ,formerly .

2 . Dead. "Things belongin 'to her mother ,that's away these years " (Cushag, Mylecharaine, page 6) ; i.e., who died years ago.


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