Last modified on 12 July 2013, at 09:44

bonnag

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Manx.

NounEdit

bonnag (plural bonnags)

  1. (chiefly Manx) A flat cake, sometimes made with dried fruit.
    • 1899, Hall Caine, The Manxman: A Novel, page 13:
      Such were the doings in the big house down in the valley, while up in the thatched cottage behind the water-trough, on potatoes and herrings and barley bonnag, lived Bridget and her little Pete.
    • 1913, Hall Caine, The woman thou gavest me: being the story of Mary O'Neill, page 16:
      [] being assigned to my Aunt Bridget, provided that I should henceforward live on the ground floor and eat oaten cake and barley bonnag and sleep alone in the cold room over the hall []
    • 2001, Trevor Kneale, Derek Croucher, The Isle of Man, page 96:
      These delicacies are widely exported and are also part of the Island's cuisine along with fresh fish, lobsters, Manx lamb, kippers and bonnag.
    • 2009, Elena Scialtiel, Amandine: Amour. Glamour. On Tour, pages 90 and 433:
      The aroma of baking pastry beckoned from the confectionery next door. “I'd like to try some typical cake.” Amandine pleaded. Gudrad got her a bonnag, a sort of scone made with buttermilk.
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      On the way she bought some bonnags at the corner bakery.
    • 2012, Jeremy Hobson, Curious Country Customs, page 178:
      Traditionally, the boys of the Isle of Man would go from house to house carrying turnips or cabbages on sticks and hope to be rewarded with apples, bonnag (a tea plate-sized fruit cake), herring and possibly some sweets []