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  • Heard in the movie “Mr. Turner:” a couple of unfamiliar words that do not appear in standard dictionaries. One is “foying:”

    MRS BOOTH
    Well, he were a dear man. ‘Tis twice in my life now I have found myself a widow. My first husband were taken from me when I was but a young woman.

    TURNER
    How was he taken?

    MRS BOOTH
    He were foying over there on Goodwin Sands.

    TURNER
    A life-saver.

    MRS BOOTH
    Aye. He did save many a life but in the end he could not save his own.

    As the scene was set in East Kent I suspected they are Kentish dialect words and I did find an entry for “foying” in a Kentish Dialect Dictionary:
    FOYING foi-ing
    part.Victualling ships; helping them in distress, and acting generally as agents for them. "They who live by the seaside are generally fishermen, or those who go voyages to foreign parts, or such as depend upon what they call foying." - Lewis, p 32

    A Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms(1888) Page 59

    August 15, 2015