The Last Hoi Toiders: Lost Dialect in the Outer Banks

In the remote islands of the Outer Banks, this unusual American dialect lives on.

On the remote islands of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, an unusual and very old dialect is still spoken by a small group of people. “Hoi Toider,” also known as Ocracoke Brogue, has origins dating far back to the late 1600s. While many who hear the unusual dialect mistake it for Scottish or other lands far from the remote islands, the accent and its vocabulary have roots in America. Take a listen to these locals and see — or rather hear — for yourself.

Where Are the Outer Banks?

The Outer Banks of North Carolina are located on the eastern seaboard of the United State. This 200-mile (320-km) string of barrier islands and very narrow peninsulas start at the southeastern corner of Virginia Beach (in the state of Virginia) and continue along the coast of North Carolina. 

The Outer Banks are very popular with family vacationers, who rent beach houses and enjoy long lazy days on the beautiful sand beaches. Others go to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the laid-back atmosphere and the exceptional seafood.

We’d go just to hear this incredible accent.

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