Dictionary of Newfie English

Continuing our peripatetic exploration of odd online regional dictionaries, I present to you the Dictionary of Newfoundland English.

Originally published in 1982 by the University of Toronto Press, it was put online by Memorial University in 1999. The quality of both the site and the dictionary are excellent, and with over 5500 richly-cited entries it’s a goldmine of Canadiana. My only complaint is that the entries are framed, making it a headache to link directly to words (though there is a decent search engine).

Some gems I’d not previously heard: queak (the “gentle squeak of the young of small animals”) and tayscaun (“a small amount of anything).

Discovered via the intriguing REDEFiNE iT.