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Although English is Norfolk Island's official language, residents also speak a local language called "Norf'k".
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

20 Apr 2016 - 11:18 AM  UPDATED 21 Apr 2016 - 9:14 AM

Although residents of Norfolk Island speak perfect English, they also have a local language called "Norf'k", a mix of 18th Century English and Tahitian, brought to the island by the Pitcairners. As the language is not normally written, there are no formal spelling rules. Here are some of the words Islanders use, and what they mean.

Discover more about Norfolk Island in the new documentary A Modern Mutiny

 

1. "Carfoot" - Don't know why

 

2. "Car-do" - No Good / Inadequate

 

3. "Do-mine" - Never mind

 

4. "Estolley" - It's untrue

 

5. "Fuwa" - Why?

 

6. "Gurret" - To rebuke

7. "Ippy" - A silly person

8. "Nairsy" - Nasty or Naughty

9. "Nor gwen" - Not going

10. "Nawe" - To swim

11. "Poo-oo" - Green / Unripe

 

12. "Plun" - Banana

 

13. "Tin-a-hi "- To look at covetously

14. "Umer-oo-lar" - Clumsy

15. "Whaa" - What?!

 

16. "Wylie" - Tangled up

 

17. "Yallar" - Annoyed / Angry

18. "Yorlyee" - All of you

 

19. "Buswargas" - Repulsively ugly

 

20. "Moosa Buss" - Overeaten / Almost busting

 

21. "Dem Tull" - Rumour has it

 

Want to learn more Norf'k? Watch A Modern Mutiny online.