|Jerome Canning at work, by Tobias Romaniuk|
"Suent" is one of my favourite Newfoundland words, and one that I first heard used by master boatbuilder Jerome Canning. In an article in Downhome Magazine by Tobias Romaniuk, he is quoted as follows:
“And all the time you’re looking at it, because you’ve got to trust your eye [that] she was looking good,” Jerome says. “You draw it on paper; you make a model. The boat had to look good, that nothing sort of looked clumsy, that it had a nice, suent look.”
Folklorist David Taylor includes this definition in his MA thesis on boatbuilding in Winterton:
SUENT: a term used in Winterton to describe any surface which has the proper amount of smooth, unbroken curvature. For example, a hull consisting of smooth, "fair" curves would be called a "suent" hull, while a hull exhibiting many humps and hollows, or other signs of unevenness would not.
And the Wooden Boat Museum of NL gives this:
Suent: A gradual and smooth curve over a surface area or length of plank or board.from
Have you heard this word used? If so, comment below, or send me a note! firstname.lastname@example.org