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  • I love this listing mostly for the fact that I can read all the words in it, but it doesn't make any sense. (Just as Lisa Simpson said of the sign "Yahoo Serious Festival.")

    "a boor, lout. In a more virile age than ours no love was lost between Peel and Dalby, and when Peel lads went to gather flitters at the Niarbyl they countered the insulting epithet of 'skitters' (q.v.) with that of 'bonkans,' which is good Manx with an English plural. A breach of the peace might then be expected."

    —W. Walter Gill, Manx Dialect Words and Phrases, 1934

    April 23, 2009