Westport 'Cant'

Extract from Chapter 3 'Westport The Tear and The Smile' by Joe McNally



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The following 'Cant' list might give you an idea of the local Westport dialect you will encounter through the pages.

Cove/Covey
Clem
Lettie/Cassie
To Joss it
Joss
Shades or Shadeógs
Skiv
Rowl
A Layin' Hen
Wheeze/Whid
Queered
Luke/Nanty
Crush
Bunce
Donor
A Lay
Quack
Lamp
Lamped
The Lid

A Westportite
Bad - No Good
A house or home
Is to Die
In animal terms, is a useless or no good animal
Gardai
A House Servant girl
A wind up / coddin'
A working wife - outside the home
Ask - Play Up - Tell
Finished - Useless
Say Nothing - Be Quiet
Move
Money
Girl
A Drink
Doctor
Look or see while
Is to be caught
Jail

A Sham

Generally referred to the Castlebar boys who came over to the local dances whiddin' the local Donors

Rum
Wide
Cade E
Carnish

Good or Sound
To understand or to be cute or wise to a thing
A Cap
Meat