In Reply to: Swallow a perkin posted by MB on January 04, 2010 at 15:38:
: "Swallow a perkin"
: I ran across this in Raphael Sabatini's book Captain Blood. I couldn't locate it in your database, so I thought you might like to have it to work on.
An online glossary of the Anglo-Manx dialect says a perkin is a porpoise, and gives the following example of its use in a sentence: "These lumps (biggish boys) that could as aisy swallow a perkin." That example is from a poem by Rev. T.E. Brown who is apparently the foremost Anglo-Manx poet of the early 20th century.