Stormy Margate

Stormy Margate

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Changing Kentish dialect

We have all heard the naval term "All ship shape and Bristol fashion" at one point in our lives. But what does it actually mean ?

Well, I found the answer in volume 8 number 3 of the Margate Historical Society magazine by Mick Twyman. "Bristol fashion" as Mick wrote, "is evolved from the fact that any ship caught by the ebb tide at Bristol which had not cleared its decks of loose clutter or lashed it down securely, saw it vanish over the side as the vessel heeled over on the sharply slopping bottom of the river bed."
The this snippet of information came from was a article on the vanishing Kent dialect which Mick wrote and I have reproduced it for downloading.

2 comments:

mnottingham said...

Great piece, we use monkey peas in our family still for wood lice, but sadly I think no others. I was brought up with the word clees, which means cats claws. How much localisation we are losing with globalisation!

Tony Beachcomber said...

Mark, I know most of the Margate fishing terms like Beetle,Punger,Roker,Chat,Tommy,Sweet William, Hush Puppy,Black Dog and the Margate fishing places like Greenman, Jack o lantern, Burhamputa Rock or Baranputa, Pouting Grounds, Nayland Spit,Old East Margate (the rocks), The Bight,The Rip,Summer Ground, Daddies Hole, The Ledge, Inner ledge, The Blind home, Infirmary Bay, The gap and fished them all.