From 'Manx Idioms
and Phrases' by the eminent Manx scholar John Joseph Kneen (1873-1938),
author of 'Grammar of the Manx Language' and 'Place Names of the Isle
Un eam gys bee as
jees gys obbyr
One call to food and two to work.
Sooree ghiare yn tooree share
Short courting is the best courting
Cha row rieau cooid chebbit mie
Offered wares were never very good
Ta fys cc dy-chooiley'ghooinney raad ta'n vraag gortagh eh
Every man knows where the shoe pinches him
Tra big yn laa big
yn choyrle lesh
When the day comes its counsel will come with it
Ta dooinney creeney mennick jannoo carrey jeh e noid
A wise man often makes a friend of his enemy.
Ta chengey ny host ny share na olk y ghra
A silent tongue is better than saying evil
Cha bee breagerey
creidit ga dy n'insh eh yn irriney
A liar is not believed though he speaks the truth
Ta un cheyrrey screbbagh milley yn clane shioltane.
One scabby sheep spoils the whole flock
Baase y derrey voddey
bioys y voddey elley
The death of one dog is the life of another
Ta lane eddyr raa as jannoo
There is much between saying and doing.
Cha nee yn wooa s'moo
eieys s'moo vlieaunys
It's not the cow that lows the most gives the most milk.
Tra ta'n derrey voght
cooney lesh voght elley ía Jee hene garaghtee.
When one poor man helps the other poor man, God himself smiles
Cha nee eshyn ta red
beg echey ía boght agh eshyn ta geearree ny smoo.
It is not he who has little that's poor but he who desires more.
Ta fooillagh neareydagh
ny s'messey na ee scammyltagh.
Shameful leavings are worse than scandalous eating.
Share goll by lhie
fègooish shibber na g'irree ayns Ihiastynys
'tis better to go to bed without supper than to rise in debt
Lhig da dy-chooilley ushag guirr e hoohyn hene
Let every bird hatch its own eggs
Mannagh vow cliaghtey
cliaghtey nee cliaghtey coe
If custom beget not custom, custom will weep
Ny poose eirey-inneen
ny slooid ny ta'n ayr eck er ny ve croghit.
Don't marry an heiress unless her father has been hanged.
Cha jeeragh as craue-drommey
As straight as the backbone of a herring.
Palchey phuddase as
skeddan dy liooar
Potatoes in plenty and herring enough. (Traditional greeting)
Kys ta shiu?
How are you?
Te traa goll thie
It's time to go home.