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blackmouth showing black gumline


black +‎ mouth

For the origin of the pejorative "Presbyterian", several theories exist:

  • A specialisation of a dialect sense "liar, slanderer, foul-mouthed person" applied to political radicals.[1]
  • Ulster Scots refusing to take the "Black Oath" imposed in 1639;[2]
  • Covenanters eating blackberries or blaeberries while hiding in the wilds during the The Killing Time.[1]


blackmouth (plural blackmouths)

  1. A chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), especially a juvenile.
  2. (derogatory, Ireland, dated) a Presbyterian



  1. 1.0 1.1 Anne Smyth, "Ulster-Scots Words with a Story": A Talk for Ormeau Gallery
  2. ^ Robert Tosh "Presbyterianism" Plantation of Ulster BBC History

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