Well if you have
finished reading the other three pages of dialects and phrases, and you are
getting pretty sick of it or its made you feel unwell, just like having to
much to drink the night before. We have a saying for such and it is preceded
with something like
" DUN'T WEEKEN, THA NOSE WHA THI SAY, AIR A DOG " Hair of the Dog" Meaning
to have more of the same thing that made you feel unwell in the first place.
Which is usually followed by "Tha'll feel better for it"
Feeling better now ? Then proceed.
Death is not a subject most of us want to think about, but at some stage of
our lives we all encounter it, and in Yorkshire there are quite a few
phrases to describe the passing on process, and events surrounding it. Some
may seem disrespectful, others humorous, but most of the phrases were spoken
with sincerity. Humour however is how some of us get through sad and
heartbreaking experiences, it is natures relief valve on these occasions
just as crying is. Some one said to me once when I was young
YA GORRA LAUGH, IF YA DUNT LAUGH, YOU'LL CRY
How true that is.
For the working class people in England over the centuries a sense of humour
was often the only thing they had to lean on, and possibly why Britain
produces the Worlds best Comedians, from a working Class background. Anyway
AH HE'S GORRIS HEERD SCREWED ONT REIGHT ROWD Yes he has got his head screwed
on the right way, describes one who is smart and successful.
SHE'S GORRA EAD INT CLOUDS THAT ONE Description of a daydreamer sometimes
SHE WANTS BRINGIN DAHNT TA EARTH WI A BANG [ I used to imagine kids
running round to tell their friends
" Heyup thurs a woman round ere gus up in space n me mum sez the gonna bring
er back dahn wi a big explosion" ]
D' YA KNOW ME GRAN, SHE KEEPS A POTTY UNDA BED When Yorkshire Kids are
going to tell you something they start with " do you know" The above insight
was given to me [ in strict confidence of course] by a young six year old
tyke, who finished off with an assertive nod of the head to convey
THA DINT KNOW THAT DID THA.
PO or POTTY the emergency receptacle that often echoed in the bedroom at
WHAT THA BLETHERIN ON ABHAT What rubbish are you talking about now
BLABBERMOUTH Some one who cannot keep a secret
GERA GOATIT Just look at that
APPY AS A PIG INT MUCK Means you are really pleased
BLACKCLOCK The good old cockroach
DONT BE MARNGY Don't be mean, or don't wimper
AM OVERING UP I am hoovering up Most vacuum cleaners back in the early
1900's were made by Hoover, so the word vacuuming was never used it was
termed as Hoovering. I still use that term much to my sons annoyance.
THA WANTS TA LATCH ONTER ER You should get acquainted with her she looks a
LATCHON Get to know, or realize something
OWD THI OSSES FA A MINIT Hold your horses for a minute, means slow down, or
stop what you are saying or doing.
HE CUDN'T EVEN FIND IS OWN WAY OME Some one not too bright,
PUT SNECK ON THEN N LETS GET TA BED Lock the door and lets go to bed.
AM GERRIN OFF THEN I am leaving or I am going to bed
SHES AD MORE BOYFRIENDS THAN AVAD SUNDAY DINNERS.
NEVER SAY DIE
Things of sickness and death
DEARD Dead sometimes pronounced " ded "
GONE To have died
SNUFFED IT To have died
HES POPPED IS CLOGS He has died
HE'S KICK'T BUCKET He has kicked the bucket meaning he has died
DED ASA DOORNAIL Dead as a doornail meaning fast asleep or really dead
DID THEY GI IM A GUD DO Did they give him a good Party or Wake
SEND OFF A term for a wake
DO Party or Wake
DID IM PROUD They gave him a good party or send off
AH I WENIN FRONT ROOM TA SEE BODY, EEE HE DID LOOK WELL A remark often heard
after viewing the corpse at a funeral
HE'LL BE PUSHIN TWORMS UPNEXT Meaning he will be dead and buried and
pushing up worms soon, or can be described as
PUSHIN UP DAISY'S
ATHA GOIN TA BUNFIEGHT AFTER FUNERAL Bunfight is anouther name for a party
ATHA GOIN TA SEE IM OFF THEN Are you going to the funeral
AYE TWER A BLESSIN HE WENT Yes it was a blessing for everyone that he died [
said if some one had died of a long term illness
AYE TWOOD BE A BLESSIN IFT GUD LORD UD TEK IM Yes it would be a blessing if
the good lord would take him, sometimes wished upon a person not very well
HE'S A GONNA He has died
AH IS NOT ON THIS EARTH NA MORE
THA BEST PUT THI BEST BIB N TUCKER ON FA FUNERAL LAD Bib n Tucker meaning
your best clothes
THALL MEK A GUD LOOKIN CORPSE Sometimes said to some one sick in bed
AH HE'S NOT FA THIS WORLD MUCH LONGER
APPEN IT WA FA'T BEST [ That they died ] The word Happen is used instead of
THA LOOKS READY FA UNDATEKER Meaning you don't look to well
IF THA DUNT GET BETTER SOON, THALL AVE UNDATEKER KNOCKIN ONT DOA NEXT
THA LOOKS LIKE DETH WARMED UP Meaning you look really pale
EE THA LOOKIN WELL ASTHA BIN POORLY
AV SIN MORE LIFE INT GRAVEYARD Used to describe someone of a lethargic
nature, or a dull party.
AV AD A BETTER CONVERSATIONS IN T' GRAVEYARD
ASTHA SIN NEW VICA HE LOOKS LIKE GRIM REAPER
AH IS UNDA SOD Yes he is under the sod, Means yes he is dead and buried
HE WENTOAN EARLY GRAVE YA KNOW He died young or before his time
DONT FORGET TA CHANGE THI UNDERCLOTHES, DOCTERS COMIN ROUND THIS MORNIN
HE'S DUNFA He is dead or can mean really tired
AH FEEL THAT BAD AL WEK UP DED INT MORNIN I feel so ill I will wake up dead
in the morning
UNDA DOCTA Means you are seeing the Docter about an illness or
UNDA DOCTA'S ORDAS
SHE DROVE IM INTA GRAVE No this is not saying that the hearse had a female
driver, it means that a woman has nagged her husband so much he died. Or can
NAGGED IM TA DEATH.
THA LOOKS AS THO' THA JUST CUM BACK FROM T' DED Meaning you look so unwell
and pale you look as though you have returned from the dead
E WORKED IMSEN INTA GRAVE He worked so hard it killed him
HE SHOULDA CLIMBED INTA GRAVE WI HIM N SAVED US EXPENSE A FUNERAL
HE JUST KEELED OER He just fell over [ and died ]
WHAT DID HE DEE ON THEN, SHORTAGE A BREATH?
Overheard in a Doctors Surgery
Doctor " What is wrong with you Joseph ?" Joe Soap " If a knew that, a wunt
be here to see thee, na wud a "
This very interesting article was sent to me recently regarding Bread Cakes,
and is a fine example of how not just the accents, but the name of something
simple also can change within a few miles
Article in the Rotherham Advertiser 16 May 2003
"Is it a bread cake, a muffin, a batch or a stottie?
It might sound barmy, but when it comes to a name for the humble bread roll
there are nearly a bakers dozen different interpretations nationwide.
To celebrate National Sandwich Week, supermarket giant Morrison's asked its
stores around the country what local shoppers call one of the nation's
And the batch of results has revealed it is known by a different name in
almost every region.
The upper crust in the south east stick to the traditional name, bread roll.
But becomes bread cake (Yorkshire), bread bap (South Wales), Cob
(Nottingham and Derbyshire) and Barm cake (Merseyside and North West).
In the North East, it becomes a stottie, muffin (Midlands), tea cake
(Lancashire and West Yorkshire), bun (Cumbria and Durham), flour cake
(Lancashire) and finally Batch (Cheshire).
FLOPIN ECK or
FLIPPIN UMMER Mean Oh no! Flipping and Flopping can be interchanged [
versatile us tykes arnt wi ]
WELL THAS GOT ME PROPER FLUMMUXED LAD Well you have got me really puzzled
THAS GOTMI INNA TIZWAS You have got me panicking
AH DUNT KNOW IFAM COMIN OR GOIN I am in a panic
ROWD Road In Yorkshire the word road is often used instead of the word way
so often some one would say Al show ya rowd instead of I will show you the
way. Road is a name for a way
AHL SHOW THI ROWD OME INNA MINUTE Now you may be forgiven for making a wrong
assumption here, but trust me, this is not a kind offer to escort you home.
This is a threat meaning the person saying this has had enough of you, and
if you do not shut up he is more than likely going to place his knuckles on
your nose, in a none to gentle manner.
AM FLAGGIN NA I am getting tired now, usually said when out for a walk the
response would be
GERRON WITHI GE'OER LAGGIN BEHIND Don't be silly with you give over holding
WHO SEZ, OR SEZ WHO, Who said that, which is a reply to You can't do that
THALL FEEL ENDA ME BOOT INA MINIT Do not misinterpret this as an invitation
to feel the texture of fine leather on some ones foot wear
KICKEDIM AHTER OUSE N OME Kicked out of House and Home A term for eviction
TIGGY Name for the children's game of Tag. This game originated from the
Dane's in the time of the Wappentake's A Wapentake was a sub-division of the
Riding, for military reasons. The word means weapon touching, which was
weapon tigging, to show loyalty. Young boys using pieces of wood copied
their fathers and the game of tiggy was born. In our day if you touched base
[ usually a street light ] and shouted "All in" you were safe. The Thanes of
the King in Danish times would shout "Kings" which declared their loyalty
and excused them from Tigging
KICKCAN Name for hide and seek game where a tin can was placed on the
ground as the base, if some one who was hiding got to the can without being
seen and kicked it away, shouting kickcan, the person or persons doing the
seeking had to retrieve the can, place it back in its original spot and
start over again.
THAS GOT THYSEN INTOA RIEGHT OWD PICKLE You have got yourself into a right
HE'S LIKA BULL ATTA GATE Meaning some one who is always in a rush
OWD THI WATTER Hold your water, Means hang on a minute
SLAG OFF Means to verbally abuse some one Also a term used in the steel
industry to describe the removal of impurities floating on top of the molten
steel in its production.
HE'S A DEDBEET He is a deadbeat means some one with no work, money , or
interest in finding work
AM DEDBEET I am dead beat I am really tired
ITS GORRA DINT INIT It has got a dent in it
DED TA WORLD Meaning fast asleep
THA CAN WAIT TILL COWS CUM OME Meaning you can stand there as long as you
want, but you still will not get what you asked for.
INT ENUFF ROOM TO SWING CAT ROUND INIT
PARK THISEN DAHN Sit down
PARK THI FRAME ERE Sit your body here.
PULL UPPA PEW Grab a chair and sit here.
LIKE A BABBIS BUM As smooth as a babies bottom
YA BIG GIRLS BLOUSE Phrase made famous by Hilda Baker a great comedian of
HE/SHE/ITS SA LITTLE SMASHER
Here is a selection passed on by Yorkshire ex pat Peter Holmes
SHES AS THRANG AS THROPS WIFE Always busy
ITS VARRY SNOD It is very smooth
SHES A REIGHT MAWK Describes some one who is haughty
THALL GET WARMED Usually said to children and means you will get spanked.
HIS WIFE'S AN OFFCOMED UN His wife comes from another Town or place.
CANSTTHA THOIL IT Can you convince yourself it is worth buying
HE'S NOBBUT NINEPENCE T'BOB He is really dim
SIDE THA POTS Clear up the meal dishes
SHED NIP A CURRENT ATWO She is a very mean person
HES REIGHT SACKLESS He is very lazy
THAD BETTER STOP CHUNTERIN You had better stop being cheeky
IM FAST FOR WEFT I have run out of yarn
AH'VE JUST BETHOWT MESSEN I have just remembered
AH'M FAIR MOIDERED I am nattered or in an anxious state
THAS GOT TO KEEP T'BAND INT NICK You have got to keep going
HE'D NIVER GI A HAND TURN He wouldn't help anyone
WE WOR AT T'BAND END We were at the end of our tether [ exhausted ]
ITS MUCK OR NETTLES You have the choice of two evils
SHE WOR ALLUS A BRAZZEN HUSSEY Some one very forward and shameless
ARD TATERS Hard luck
EGGON To encourage some one to do something they should not do
DID THA SPLIT ON MI Did you tell some one what I have done wrong
HE DRAGGED ER DAHN AWREIGHT Yes he really dragged her down, Meaning he
turned a presentable clean women into a slovenly one
THA LIKE SUMDY WI NO ARMS You are like somebody with no arms, meaning you
are not very good with your hands. can be
LIKE A MAN WI NO ARMS
I GIDIM ROTHRUM KISS The Rotherham name for head butting in a fight
GUD AS GOLD Meaning some one very kind or well behaved
A PAID IT ON'T NEVER NEVER I paid for it weekly ON HIRE PURCHASE
NO GUD AIRING THI WASHIN IN PUBLIC It is no good telling everyone your
HE WERN'T BROUGHT UP HE WA DRAGGED UP He was not raised well from childhood
AL NE'ER DOIT AGIN
THA'LL FIND IM PROPPIN BAR UP. You will find him in the Pub leaning on the
IS SLOSHED He is drunk
IS SMASHED He is drunk
IS PARALYTIC He is drunk
IS LEGLESS He is drunk
IS PLATTIN HIS LEGS He is so drunk his legs are twisting around each other
DRUNK ASA LORD
IS ADA SKINFUL He as had to much to drink
AM GOIN TA WET ME WHISTLE I am going to have a drink
GOIN TA AVA JAR Have a pint of beer
AWI GOIN FA A BEVVY THEN Are we going for a drink then
AM GOIN FARRA SESSION I am going to the pub for a fair length of time.
SESSION Used to refer to the open hours of a pub or club
HIS THREE SHEETS TA WIND THAT ONE He is drunk From an old sailing term If
you had three sheets [ropes] loose on the three main sails then the ship
would lurch in the wind
JUS GERRA LOOK ATIM HE DUNT KNO IF IS ON THIS EARTH OR FULLERS Some one so
drunk they don't know what is happening or where they are, course some of us
can achieve this state without the drink.
AS THA BIN ON TURPS Have you been on the Turpentine Meaning have you been on
BEER MUSTA BIN OFF The well worn excuse for feeling unwell after drinking a
lot of beer. or
IT MUSTA BIN SUMMAT I ET It must have been something I had to eat. Now this
of course was a dangerous excuse to use, because sometimes the response from
a wife or mother could be.
WELL THA GERRIN NOWT TA EAT FA RESTA DAY, SEE IF THAT CURES THI ! [ NOTE:
There is no proven medical documentation or evidence anywhere in the World
to support that this cure has been successful, other than causing severe
depression and pangs of hunger to the recipient of said cure. It is
recommend that the ancient cure HAIRIUS ET DOGIUS commonly known as the AIR
A DOG should be implemented in all instances of this type of ailment. ]
© List John Doxey 2001