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Because of the unpredictable nature of weather in the Irish sea, fishing could be a dangerous business – sailors were consequently very superstitious and it was considered taboo to use certain words or behaviours (using the word "conney" for rabbit, or whistling, for example) whilst on board ship. Some names were substituted for others – "rat" became "long-tailed fella".
 
Because of the unpredictable nature of weather in the Irish sea, fishing could be a dangerous business – sailors were consequently very superstitious and it was considered taboo to use certain words or behaviours (using the word "conney" for rabbit, or whistling, for example) whilst on board ship. Some names were substituted for others – "rat" became "long-tailed fella".
   
This has evolved into a modern superstition where the word "rat" ({{lang|gv|''roddan''}} in Manx) is considered unlucky, even when not used aboard ship. This may have originally been used in a jokey fashion, but seems to have been adopted in modern times and indeed is often quoted as typical Manx behaviour even though the old Manx had few qualms about using the word. In reality this is a rather warped version of the original sea-taboo.
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This has evolved into a modern superstition where the word "rat" ({{lang|gv|''roddan''}} in Manx) is considered unlucky, even when not used aboard ship. This may have originally been used in a jokey fashion, but seems to have been adopted in modern times by those who wish to make themselves sound "more Manx" by adopting this mannerism and indeed is often quoted as typical Manx behaviour even though the old Manx had few qualms about using the word. In reality this is a rather warped version of the original sea-taboo.
   
 
Alternate words for rat in neo-Anglo-Manx dialect :
 
Alternate words for rat in neo-Anglo-Manx dialect :
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