Thursday, August 22, 2013

Swimming in the Ear

I recently learned another old-time island expression -- swimming in the ear. It means dizziness.

We can add this term to several other Ocracoke words about health and illness: dose, doasted, quamished, zeezes, quinsy, rising, scours, sprangles, and Patsy Lab.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the recent skirmishes islanders have had with North Carolina legislatures over the issue of ferry tolls...and a 1955 newspaper editorial advocating free, state-operated ferries across Hatteras Inlet. You can read it here:


  1. Toni W.10:12 PM

    I have actually heard this term in the Ohio Valley all my life...interesting and descriptive.

  2. I've always heard it as swimmy headed.