All Hands: Everyone
Back-biter: a individual who talks negatively about others
Batter: Get lost,
Bawkity: uncoordinated. Trips on thin air.
Bitten Stick: Used for tying wood on a slide
Blustery: windy, rainy, miserable weather.
Bollocks: generally means same as football.
Bore: as in the speed of water “keen bore in the gut”
Boxcar: used for hauling various things on a horse that would otherwise fall
off a draycar
Bulk: area in a stable for storing hay
Brazen: Smart mouthed
Bresney: bundle of firewood, load of dry twigs
Cape Ann: Fisherman’s hat
Chainies: Pieces of coloured glass that have been shaped and smoothened out and deposited by the movement of the ocean. Round chainies were called “glassy rocks”
Christer: the same as a Jo Jeezler.
Chronics: Twisted wood
Chuckle: To give a gentle blow under the chin, to grasp someone by the throat
Church Key: Bottle opener.
Clout: a smack
Codding: joking, unbelievable
Crackie: small mixed breed dog, generally barks a lot.
Crit: To stoop/squat
Croodle: To stoop/squat
Crossackle: To vex by argument
Cruisheens: Homemade stilts. The name comes right from Ireland.
Cubby: Playing house with second hand dishes, chainies and pretend food. Sometimes the girls would make a sort of lean-to “house” with boards or pieces of wood.
Dale: a long plank
Dairy: Storage Shed
Darby: Hard Case or troublesome.
Dart: a short quick trip
Day Bed: Particular shape of small bed or couch usually situated in the eating room.
Dipper: small pot for dipping up water
Dodge: to stroll casually
Dozen: 12 beers or a case of beer.
Duckish: dark and gloomy, end of the day
Dunghell: Derived from “dunghill”. “Dung” was the manure from the stable animals. It was pitched out through a hole and, over time, it formed a mound or hill. Eventually, it would be removed to spread on the gardens as a fertilizer.
Drawers: Long Underwear.
Draycar: used for hauling hay on a horse.
Dresser: An old-fashioned kitchen cupboard
Droke: Tuck or Knap of woods
Dyke: an open ditch
Eating Room: Informal Dining Room
Foolie Ollie: A person acting in a silly manner.
Football: Generally someone who is good for nothing or that has fouled something up “He’s a keen football”.
Frankum: Turpentine from a tree
Front Room: the part of the house that’s all done up but nobody was allowed to go, usually covered in plastic. Aka Parlor.
Gaff: Long or short pole with a hook used on boats.
Gadrock: a right sized rock to use in a wooden grapple anchor used for fishing nets and traps.
Gamebag: Rucksack or knapsack
Glauvaun/Glawvawn: To complain.
Glitter: Coating of ice deposited on exposed objects by freezing rain.
Gly: baited instrument used to catch gulls.
Gommel: A foolish Person
Goowitty, Goody, Goulworthy: a type of weed
Grand: Big ways.
Gulch: Small stream and valley.
Gulley: Small Stream
Gulley Jumpers: Cutoff Rubbers
gurry: blood or slime from fish
Gut: Small waterway entrance
Gruff: Pick-axe with one flat side.
Half: six pack of beer.
Hand-cart/Hand-cat: Small sled used to haul wood
Hare’s Ears, Hazures, *: A pair of pointed rocks protruding above the surface, twin peaks (of a hill), Seary, 1971 Two rocks, known as Hare’s Ears 40 Feet high, lie close eastward of Branch head. Source: Dictionary of Newfoundland English pages 241-242 Hasures (note another spelling is used by Seary in this instance) is the name given to a rock split in the middle looking like hare’s ears. 1971 Seary 87 Hare’s Ears… Is a descriptive which occurs in at least seven localities in Newfoundland to describe two steep adjacent pinnacle-like rocks. Standing offshore Please Note The Canada Gazette notes the official name as Hare’s Ears therefore everyone’s individualized spelling is correct for them!
Helf: Axe handle
Hip Rubbers: Hip waders
Hollywood: an exceptionally good looking woman—a favourite word of Joe Mooney—”She’s a keen Hollywood”
Hot Toddy: Hot water mixed with rum and sugar
Hotten: To heat up
Hove: to lean or produce “ he hove up his guts”
Igjit: (E-jit) – Idiot
Jingler: Small cod fish
Jink: One who brings bad luck, cast a spell on
Jinker: a person who wore grey or coloured nippers
Joog: To drink or drain completely
Jowls: the lower cheek bone of a cod fish.
Jo Jeezler: A mischievous person
Junk: a piece of wood, cut to fit a stove, or a junk of salt meat
Keen Dose: A lot of
Kersheens: Homemade stlits
Knob: stund person.
Lacing: a beating or a physical punishment
Laddio: a mischievous boy
Landwash: Beach, generally rocky.
Lifter: Tool for lifting the lid on a wood stove.
Lolly: Loose Ice
Lots: enough - “That’s lots” as opposed to give me more “ give me a lot of it”, often confuses mainlanders.
Log-loaded: fully laden with fish, very drunk
Longer: a fence rail
Loop or lube: Rabbit Snare made of wire
Linney: A storage room or a shed attached to the back of one’s house.
Link ‘um: Join together
Maggoty: mean a lot of, very or much. “ maggoty drunk”.
Maul: big wooden hammer for driving stakes.
Mawkish: A silly, foolish person
Maw Mouth: A person who had a lot to say: braggart. A loud mouth.
Mind: Watch your manners
Mouth Organ: harmonica
Mug-up: a light snack
Multitude: A large amount
Nippers: white knitted hand protectors padded with wool or other material. Nippers were slipped over the palm of fishermen’s hands to help prevent chaffing.
Noentoff: derived from “no end of”
Offal: discarded fish Guts and bones
Paddy Keefe: near
Parlour-End: Living Room
Pick-a-ninny: bubble gum.
Pitch-black: Very dark (like tar)
Pound: Hold for the fish in a skiff. Also stall for a horse.
Puncheon: Large measure of rum,
Prate: a lot of talk, chatter
Proper: Often used to magnify an adjective.
Prise: to lift open
Branch Come Home Year
August 9-19, 2007