Because of its isolation, Ocracoke speech patterns have taken on a unique dialect, or "brogue", and expressions over the past 250 years. Ocracoke brogue is the famous local dialect. To some of the native islanders, there are only two kinds of people in the world: O’Cockers and dingbatters (natives and non-natives, respectively).
For more information on the unique Ocracoke Brogue, click on the link to the North Carolina Language and Life Project at the
North Carolina State University.
To watch a video excerpt on Outer Banks vocabulary from "The Carolina Brogue" documentary, click the second link.
"Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks" by Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes is available to purchase in our online gift shop.