Word of the day – skeet
Skeet, which apparently comes from Old Icelandic, is a word you’re likely to hear frequently in the Isle of Man. It’s means gossip, more or less. People will ask you, “Got any skeet (at you)?” and will try to find out all about who you’ve seen, where they were and what they were doing, who they were with, and so on. The holder of any juicy skeet will try and keep as much of it to themselves for as long as they can to build up the suspense.
You can also have a skeet (look) at something, for example if you’ve brought something new people will ask for a skeet at it, and having a skeet at the neighbours from behind your net curtains is a common practice.
In Manx the word skeet means sneak or news, and jollys-skeet is a voyeur.
Other meanings of skeet include:
- clay targets used in trapshooting – known as clay pigeons in the UK
- a poker hand consisting of a 9, a 5, a 2, and two other cards lower than 9.
- loud, disruptive and poorly educated person of low social status (in Newfoundland slang)
- to squirt