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Quiz about Yuzzen Smitsmats and Bumscuddy  Devon dialect 1
Quiz about Yuzzen Smitsmats and Bumscuddy  Devon dialect 1

Yuzzen, Smitsmats and Bumscuddy - Devon dialect 1 Quiz


A brief exploration of the wonderful dialect of Devon... 'Ave fun m'dears an' make zertin sure 'e spakes prapper Deb'n next time uz zees 'e! Enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by SisterSeagull. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
345,140
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
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Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Oddmedods or Oogsy-wipples... This is the old Deb'n dialect name given to which common gastropod which appears on the menu in many countries around the world? (Not in Deb'n though, fortunately!) Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Woodlice, small crustaceans often found under rotting logs, have many nicknames across the English-speaking world and here in Deb'n we have numerous names for them. In addition to those mentioned in the last question, 'Cham auver' and pick another correct one from the following. Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. My six year old niece can be a pain. She asked for a bike for Christmas so I bought her a nice pink one with stabilisers and clickers on the spokes. But she wanted a green one, no sorry, a blue one. Bugger, it was a red one she wanted - with a bell... and a saddlebag! There is a Deb'n term to describe an awkward child, but which one do you think it might be? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The Dormouse is a well-loved character from the tea party in Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. By what name are these beautiful little mammals known in glorious Deb'n? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Deb'n is famous for its deep red sandstone. Indeed, an entire geological time period is named after this county. We are also well known for our fine beef cattle, the North Devon Ruby Red. Of the following terms, which one refers to red or reddish? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. My cottage is located in the lovely old market and wool town of Tiverton, deep in the heart of Deb'n. This town and the surrounding area was known for centuries as 'Whipshire'; what could be the reason for this name? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. I apologise right now if the following offends! Those of you who don't live in, or come from Deb'n, but have visited the county on business or on holiday will have been referred to as what by the local population? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. As my partner and I dressed ready for the New Year party that we attended last year, she turned to me and asked that immortal question. "No dear", I foolishly replied, "It makes you look banging-gurt". And then she slapped me, ouch! Maybe she had misunderstood my comment? What had I said wrong? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Known across the world by many names, some pleasant and romantic and by some not quite so, these are regular visitors to my locality here in Deb'n. One of them in particular arrives every three months or so in his old caravan pulled by his trusty horse and spends a few weeks 'enhancing' the local area. Most definitely NOT a gypsy, what name do the locals use to refer to him? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. This common sea bird, present in huge numbers along Deb'n's coastline, undergoes a distinctive change in preparation for the breeding season. By what name is the Black-Headed Gull known by here in Deb'n? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Oddmedods or Oogsy-wipples... This is the old Deb'n dialect name given to which common gastropod which appears on the menu in many countries around the world? (Not in Deb'n though, fortunately!)

Answer: Snails

Mmmmm...Snails, nice! Snails are also known as snarly-gigs or snarly-horns. Slugs are commonly referred to as dew snails. Hermit crabs and woodlice are both crustaceans and hermit crabs are known here as counterfeits. Woodlice have literally dozens of names here in Deb'n that vary from village to village, includin rabberdasters, granfer griggs and cheese bugs. Just as a footnote here, we do eat fries here in Deb'n, although you'd not find them on the menu at McDonalds.

Not many would want to eat our 'fries' as the dish consists of lambs testicles! Mmmmmm, but not quite a Big Mac.
2. Woodlice, small crustaceans often found under rotting logs, have many nicknames across the English-speaking world and here in Deb'n we have numerous names for them. In addition to those mentioned in the last question, 'Cham auver' and pick another correct one from the following.

Answer: Bibble-bugs

I could write an entire quiz covering the different names that woodlice are known by here in Deb'n, but you'd all soon get bored with scoring tens! As mentioned in the last question, they include rabberdasters, granfer griggs and cheese bugs, as well as bibble-bugs.

Hum-scritch is a name given to bluebottles. Yammets is a name given to ants in Devon, Dorset and Cornwall, although the spelling can vary from area to area. Macrobies is a term used to describe any creature which might fall within the category of creepy-crawly.
3. My six year old niece can be a pain. She asked for a bike for Christmas so I bought her a nice pink one with stabilisers and clickers on the spokes. But she wanted a green one, no sorry, a blue one. Bugger, it was a red one she wanted - with a bell... and a saddlebag! There is a Deb'n term to describe an awkward child, but which one do you think it might be?

Answer: Bickety-rug

Yes, an awkward child is known in these parts as a bickety-rug. Alkitotle is a word used to describe a silly and mischievous elf, an'yel is a term for angel (which my niece is anything but!) although, if she were bigger in stature, some might describe her as a girlop - a big lout!
4. The Dormouse is a well-loved character from the tea party in Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. By what name are these beautiful little mammals known in glorious Deb'n?

Answer: Chestlecrumbs

Everybody loves a dormouse, so cute and cuddly and, surprisingly, very good to eat! Nowadays it would be a brave person who ate dormice. Here in the UK a special license is needed just to handle them.

Some people may be very fond of a hogminny who is a flirt or a young girl who possesses a certain 'reputation'. Jackie-twoad is an ancient name given to Will 'o the wisp, those balls of marsh gas sometimes seen emanating from marshes and mires like those found here on Dartmoor. A yaffer is a name given to a heifer around Deb'n.
5. Deb'n is famous for its deep red sandstone. Indeed, an entire geological time period is named after this county. We are also well known for our fine beef cattle, the North Devon Ruby Red. Of the following terms, which one refers to red or reddish?

Answer: Hurd or Hurdy

Yes, virtually the entire county of Deb'n is formed from red sandstone. This beautiful deep reddish-brown stone can be seen along the Jurassic coast of southern England between Lyme Regis and Exmouth. Ruby Reds, as they are known, are an ancient breed of cattle originally from the north of the county. The cattle turn paler and are more yellowish in colour as you head south. However, they both taste equally as good!

Rory-tory is a phrase used to describe something gaudy and/or multi-coloured. The word dugged is not actually used to describe a specific colour but is used to describe something that is muddy. Dandy-go-risset may be used in some localities to describe a reddish hue but is more accurately used to describe a rust-like colour.
6. My cottage is located in the lovely old market and wool town of Tiverton, deep in the heart of Deb'n. This town and the surrounding area was known for centuries as 'Whipshire'; what could be the reason for this name?

Answer: The tendency to flog minor felons rather than send them to jail

It seems that the people of Whipshire were very conservative. I'm sure that some would like to return to the good old days as well! Tiverton is also known as Twyford from 'Two-fords' as it stands at the confluence of the rivers Exe and Lowman.

There are still a few local craftsmen in the area that produce equestrian leather goods and, because of its rural nature, there are a large number of liveries and stud farms within Deb'n. I need say no more regarding cream and Deb'n as we are world famous for our cream teas!
7. I apologise right now if the following offends! Those of you who don't live in, or come from Deb'n, but have visited the county on business or on holiday will have been referred to as what by the local population?

Answer: Grockles

Zawks is a name applied to those silly people that live amongst us, but the term could never be used to refer to anyone wise enough to want to, or to have visited glorious Deb'n. Urzells is ourselves, we're fortunate enough to live here anyway. A slotter-pooch is someone who dribbles (a lot), not a name that should used to describe you lovely people who come to visit us here! A lot of the shops in Deb'n that cater, almost exclusively, to the holiday industry are often described as being stocked with Grockle-bait - trinkets, gifts etc that visitors might be expected or 'kindiddled' (enticed) to buy!
8. As my partner and I dressed ready for the New Year party that we attended last year, she turned to me and asked that immortal question. "No dear", I foolishly replied, "It makes you look banging-gurt". And then she slapped me, ouch! Maybe she had misunderstood my comment? What had I said wrong?

Answer: That her bum looked very large

I'm afraid that the question asked was "Does my bum look big in this?" Without thinking I'd replied that her bum looked huge in that! She told me that my comment was baggerin, this led to a bobbery and I've now found myself in hospital after a clipper on the nappercase!
(In other words, what happened was that she said that my comment was greatly irritating; this led to a massive row which resulted in her giving me a good knock on the head!).
9. Known across the world by many names, some pleasant and romantic and by some not quite so, these are regular visitors to my locality here in Deb'n. One of them in particular arrives every three months or so in his old caravan pulled by his trusty horse and spends a few weeks 'enhancing' the local area. Most definitely NOT a gypsy, what name do the locals use to refer to him?

Answer: Baggabones

Baggabones describes the outward appearance of those 'gentlemen of the road' usually known as tramps and vagrants. A ditty-guy is a member of the gypsy people as opposed to members of the general travelling community who are often referred to currently as 'Pikey's'... a derogatory term.

Olford is a name that goes back hundreds of years to describe an orphan and a drest-all is a name used to describe a scarecrow. Scarecrows are also known in Deb'n as a 'scaramouche' or a 'mommet'.
10. This common sea bird, present in huge numbers along Deb'n's coastline, undergoes a distinctive change in preparation for the breeding season. By what name is the Black-Headed Gull known by here in Deb'n?

Answer: Akket

The Black-Headed Gull is neither as noisy, or as aggressive as the far larger and much more common Herring Gull. It is thought that the name akket comes from the call that this bird makes when in a state of excitement! Shite'awk is derogatory term used by everyone, everywhere to describe the seagull in general!

A Basky-Burd is a name given to the Yellowhammer, a small perching bird commonly found on arable and mixed farmland. The chatterbox is a name used in association with the Magpie and sometimes the Jay because of their call.
Kris-hawk is the name given to the Kestrel, which, although not a seabird, can often be found near the coast as can the Cliff 'awk or Peregrine Falcon. Of interest to our American friends, in Deb'n a buzzard is known as a Butcher-burd and a butterfly or moth is known as a buzzard. Sometimes, I'm surprised that we ever manage to understand what the other is trying to say!
Source: Author SisterSeagull

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