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Haaf Language – Ian Humberstone

Description of event:

This workshop delves into the fascinating world of Shetland fishermen’s ‘lucky’ words

Tue 06th Aug 2019

Starts 18:30 hrs



These were special coinages that were once used at sea to avoid mentioning ‘unlucky’ things by name. They were so numerous in the nineteenth century that people sometimes thought the fishermen spoke a distinct ‘haaf language’ while they were away fishing!

The event will sketch out the form and origins of the custom, and consider its legacy in the present day. There will be a chance to try out some lucky words for yourself, and an opportunity to share your own ideas about the meanings behind them.

Please note the Wednesday occurence of this event will be hosted in the Unst Boat Haven.

For booking and further information, click on ‘Visit Event Website’ above.

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