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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:51 pm    Post subject: Words you don't know Reply with quote

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8338077.stm

So make yourself appear much more intelligent and enlarge your vocabulary!

No, people wont look at you funny because they haven't the faintest idea what you're on about. Honest...

What local words do you know that we might not?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reading that article made me giggle - I read the East Ridings words and neither myself or my friend had heard of parzle, galasses & agglesteans!!

Also with the Lincolnshire phrase, I always thought a 'squaddy' was a young member of the Armed Forces? That might just be an East Riding thing.

Phrases which are actually from East Riding include:
tenfoot - the little alley ways you get in towns, behind houses
baines (actually spelt bairns) - means babies/children
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only one I can think of off hand is Daps.

If I do speak any others I probs wouldn't realise myself.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only Lincolnshire word I recognise from that list is 'roily' - as i've heard it said in the past

I've got a roily stomach

But only very rarely.


pickle wrote:

If I do speak any others I probs wouldn't realise myself.


Which is what happened to me. A Lincolnshire greeting apparently is 'now then'.

I used to say it in passing to a lot of people I met, until I read the equivalent article on regional phrases. And only then did I realise that 'now then' was a Lincolnshire greeting, and everyone else thought I was strange...

Comment from Helen in 5...4...3...2...1


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes minty, we think you're strange anyway.

Another Lincolnshire/midlands phrase is calling people 'Duck' - similar to how you might use the phrase honey or love etc. Charming really.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having moved around so much I don't really speak with a dialect - I didn't always speak the same dialect when growing up. But on the other hand I picked up a few words from each dialect, but I don't always use them consistently.

From Leicester:
mi duck - a term of endearment
cob - bread roll/bap whatever you want to call it

Here is a song in the Leicester dialect: (annoyingly it is in 2 parts, right at the end of the first video and the beginning of the second)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RUd1R0kKos (starting about 12.37)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsnoiJtEF9k

From Yorkshire:
ey up - hello
not sure I really use other dialectal words

I don't think I picked up any words from Lancashire

Picked up plenty of words from Michigan:
trash - rubbish
sucker - lollipop
pants - trousers (I always get weird looks in England when I tell people I like their pants)
eraser - rubber (made the mistake of using the word rubber in the US once - not good)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess this really boils down to local slang. I've been racking my brain since this thread was posted and I think I'm beginning to realize how out of touch you get when you don't work for a long time.

The first one of mine really isn't mine. I think Helen explained this one to me way back. Abel and Cain is British for rain. Not sure how that dot got connected

For my list I'll start with "racking my brain" = try real hard to remember stuff that should not take any effort to recall.

Bowed Up = show signs of being very angry. Like a snake coils up and raises his head before he strikes. You might stand up from sitting at a table to make ready to punch some one for being obnoxious.

Cattywampus = skewed, upsidedown, crooked.

Druthers = slur "What would you rather do?" become "What are your druthers?"

Fit As A Fiddle = In fine shape. Excellent condition.

Hankering = a strong desire. Not exactly a passion or a lust for something just a "want" that won't go away. Helen is having a hankering for chocolate right now. No, wait. With her it is a passion and a lust. Minty is having a hankering for candy right now.

Lickety split = STOP THAT!! It does not mean that. It means in a fast hurry. You find out your wife gave birth while you were out fishing so you get to the hospital lickety split.

Piddlin' = While you're waiting for someone at the mall you aren't shopping and you aren't sitting around. You're just piddlin' around.

Skedaddle = to scatter or chase away or be chased away. You don't skedaddle lickety split you either skedaddle or leave lickety split.

Washateria = home made word to glamorize a laundromat. Combines wash + cafeteria.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aalpha wrote:

The first one of mine really isn't mine. I think Helen explained this one to me way back. Abel and Cain is British for rain. Not sure how that dot got connected


Cockney Rhyming Slang by any chance ?

http://www.cockneyrhymingslang.co.uk/

Apples 'n Pears = Stairs

Dog 'n Bone = Phone


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone else think of Rimmer from Red Dwarf when aalpha said Lickety Split?
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