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Manx words to be included in the latest Oxford Dictionary

Twenty-two Manx words and phrases will be included in the latest Oxford English Dictionary Photo: PA

Twenty-two Manx words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in it's latest update.

Isle of Man natives and organisations, including the Manx National Heritage Library, worked to identify words and phrases that are characteristic of English as spoken on the Island.

Now, the words, compounds and phrases will take their place in the latest updated dictionary.

Words inclue hop tu naa, which is celebrated on the 31st October by children signing songs door-to-door and the display of lanterns carved from turnips.

There's also phynnodderee, a supernatural being characterised by its thick coat of hair. Although, you're far more likely to encounter the loaghtan, a breed of small sheep that originates on the island.

Wherever you are on the island, there’s always traa dy lioor - 'time enough' - for a skeet a word that can mean gossip as well as a peek or quick look.

Kelvin Corlett, Senior Assistant Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary said:

One of the most striking features of the Manx-English dialect words newly added to the OED is how clearly they demonstrate the Island's diverse linguistic heritage, with words of Norse, Gaelic, and English origin.

"The words reflect many aspects of life on the Island, its culture and its history, ranging from politics and legal institutions, to agriculture, folklore, and everyday matters. Above all, perhaps, these words exemplify the way that even relatively small communities contribute to the richness of the English language as spoken and written around the world.”

– Kelvin Corlett, Senior Assistant Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary

Chris Thomas MHK, Chairman of Culture Vannin, said:

‘Year of Our Island is celebrating the Isle of Man as a special place to live and work and what greater way of celebrating than to have multiple Manx entries in the latest update of the OED. Language tells the story of who we are, of how we interpret the world around us, so it’s wonderful to have a much longer list of dialect words and terminology specific to the Isle of Man published in the OED this time, including many words whose origins lie in Manx Gaelic.’

"I am also delighted that my use of traa dy liooar in the 2017 Illiam Dhone address regarding the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act gets a mention as modern usage of this Manx-English word.’

– Chris Thomas MHK, Chairman of Culture Vannin