Favourite dialect / slang / local words and phrases
I love the oddities of language despite not being able to spell especially those odd local words of phrases that can be so expressive
Particular favourites of mine – “hirple” – to limp. “Dreich” – a miserable drizzly day. It just sounds so miserable. “glaiket” – stupid
“Aye – I ken his faither” – I know his father – disparaging for someone with grandiose ideas
One I can’t spell tho and no one has been able to help me. a fool or numpty – its pronounced like “tube” but how is it spelled? Tube? choob?
What have you got?Posted 2 years ago
Aye, Ah ken his faither.Posted 2 years ago
PP – we are all jock Tamsons bairnsPosted 2 years ago
Carol Kirkwood uses that regularly on BBC weather
Living in Devon, “dreckly” is a common one short for ‘it will be done directly’ meaning it will be done soon or ‘I’ll be there dreckly’ meaning I’m on my way.
Cleaning my spd boots with a pressure washer while still wearing them I was told I’d get ‘wet vit’ meaning wet feet!Posted 2 years ago
One of my favs is “Bawheid”, preferably prefixed with “****”Posted 2 years ago
Should be past tense ‘I kent his faither’, emphasising the foolish inexperience of the person being insulted.Posted 2 years ago
I’ve never understood how a cheeselog is a woodlouse in Reading.Posted 2 years ago
I’m led to believe Dreckly is similar to Mexican Mañana or Arabic Bukra.Posted 2 years ago
I like (and use) … braw, drookit, wheesht. Also bonny.Posted 2 years ago
Chap at work uses “cahoochy” to refer to stuff with a gummy or marshmallow consistency – I’d never heard it before.Posted 2 years ago
Cwtch= a hug.
Twp= a bit stupid.
Igam ogam= zig zag.
Unfortunately, despite being told otherwise bubble wrap in welsh is not papur popiau, but lapio swigod. Similarly, a microwave (oven) is not a popty ping, it’s a (popty) microdon.Posted 2 years ago
Of the scottishisms, I quite like skoosh
nithered & mafted are about my favourite words from where I grew up
… apart from croggy, which is the correct term for giving another individual a lift on one’s bicycle. Get yer “backy” right up ya !
oh, and neshPosted 2 years ago
Mard.Posted 2 years ago
Coypsing – To stay at home with one’s girlfriend rather than go out on the beer with the lads.
Caffled – To lose one’s courage, get cold feet, bottle it.
Scone – What most in the North would know as a fishcake from the chippy.Posted 2 years ago
The only Welsh I remember from my Dad was ach-y-fi (yuck) and mochyn (pig). Don’t know if I’ve remembered them cos he used them around (or about) me as a kid! Been using them with my kids- for ages my daughter wouldn’t accept pig is the correct name for the animal!Posted 2 years ago
Nesh – ‘unusually susceptible to cold weather’Posted 2 years ago
Wheesht (possibly the most useful word in the world to parents of mithering kids)Posted 2 years ago
Slutch (reminded of this one by Cougar)
Are some of my favourites.
Unfortunately, despite being told otherwise bubble wrap in welsh is not papur popiau, but lapio swigod. Similarly, a microwave (oven) is not a popty ping, it’s a (popty) microdon.
Brilliant 😃Posted 2 years ago
Appen as in fancy a beer Appen I do. Lancs dialect
Fettle as in to fix
Thrutch as in to thrutch a great turd out
Watrch as in headwartch is a headache and bellywatrch upset stomach
Crimp a length again turding
Scrawped scrappedPosted 2 years ago
Well I’ll go the foot of our stairs…Posted 2 years ago
Ben the hoosePosted 2 years ago
I haven’t heard anyone use that term for decades.Posted 2 years ago
nfortunately, despite being told otherwise bubble wrap in welsh is not papur popiau, but lapio swigod. Similarly, a microwave (oven) is not a popty ping, it’s a (popty) microdon.
You’ll be telling me next that Pysgod Wibli Wobli doesn’t mean jellyfishPosted 2 years ago
There’s a Scots language show on iPlayer on BBC Scotland, well worth a watch, Rebel tongue, really enjoyed it.
Watching it I could relate to getting scalded at school for speaking in the Ayrshire vernacular, seems ridiculous now.
Anyway, ones I use regularly without thinking
Kelpit – covered in mud, specifically a child!
Foonart – cold to the bone
Ersit – Arsey
Mockit – muddy
Wonnert – wandered, ie someone who’s ‘no the ful shillin’
Guffies – English folkPosted 2 years ago
Skunt. Possibly North Worcestershire.
Lopsided, skewiff, misaligned.
As in: “You’ve put that shelf up on the skunt”.Posted 2 years ago
How about this beauty?
“Greenfield ne’er bred a jebber”.Posted 2 years ago
‘Ow bist gettin won, surry?Posted 2 years ago
“gana gam yem”
I was taught this as part of my introduction to teaching in the North East. It means can i go home.
The icing on the cake was telling this to a Danish national. His reaction was amazing “why do they ask in Danish”
Simples. It’s a viking remnant.Posted 2 years ago
I haven’t heard anyone use that term for decades.
still common usage round herePosted 2 years ago
“I’m stood ‘ere like piffy on a rock bun”Posted 2 years ago
Thats a good one IHN
Baffies for slippers
can we please have translations?Posted 2 years ago
Appen I do. Lancs dialect
Conversely, no such dangerous positivity and commitment on the better side of the Pennines, where ‘appen can signal all purpose non-committal as in “you down pub later?” “‘appen.” Means, yeah, happen I will be, or happen I won’t. Handy.Posted 2 years ago
Gutees was a word used for gym shoes when I was at Primary School. Comes from Gutta Percha, the type of rubber used for the solesPosted 2 years ago
As kids we’d be told: “Go and side up that scrow in your room before tea” (scrow rhymes with cow), i.e. go and tidy up the mess in your room before tea. I’ve heard “side up” or “side away” elsewhere but never heard “scrow” anywhere else.
This is from the correct, west, side of the pennines.Posted 2 years ago
Again, from the correct side of the Pennines:
Shape – roughly, to organise oneself.
Or my old mums favourite, ‘Our Peter, y’shape like me arse’ (Son, you are a useless ****). She used that one quite a lot. 😃
Katy Cornered – skew whiff.
Clart – mud.Posted 2 years ago
Fly cuppy, or just fly…. As in come away Ben the hoose and get yer fly.Posted 2 years ago
Redd up – let’s get this mess redd up..
Can’t understand a good portion of my older family when they get into full-tilt. It’s a particularly staccato and hushed-whispered Southern Black Country dire-lickt!
‘Gooin owt the wikken’ amya?’
‘Ahr, eye-amm-ahr. Am yow?‘
‘Ahr, probley, ahr.’
‘(silence, except for sound of sister singing upstairs)
(Laughing) ‘Thet yower Janet?’
‘Ahr tiz, ahr’
‘Oo’ser think er iz?…Byonsaay?’
‘Kinell ahr, dow tho, y’oll mek us loff, an ‘er ‘ates me loffin, ‘er gets a right bag on’
‘I ay surproized, er sounds loike a god glaed stuck under a god dower!’
‘Going out at the weekend, are you?’
‘Yes, I am. Yes. Are you?‘
‘Yes, probably, yes.’
‘(silence, except for sound of sister singing upstairs)
(Laughing) ‘Is that your Janet?’
‘Yes, it is’
‘Who does she think she is? Beyoncé?
‘**** hell yes! Don’t tho, you’ll make me laugh, and she hates me laughing, she gets a right bag on’
‘I’m not surprised, she sounds like a god (curse) gleed* stuck under a god (curse) door!’
*small piece of coal (when stuck underneath a door it can squeal across floor-tiles)Posted 2 years ago
When one is participating in accurate precision work and an object may need to be moved a bawhair, translated just a tiny bit or a smidgePosted 2 years ago
Jobbie. I find it intrinsically funny, but I know people who won’t hear it as they deem it too offensive! Bawbags…
Fannybaws – an ineffective individual.Posted 2 years ago
It’ll be reetPosted 2 years ago
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