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: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082113.htm.