Yorkshire Day 2018: A guide to master the Yorkshire dialect

Yorkshire is known for its quirky dialect and strong, broad accent, with the region having its own versions of commonly used words
Yorkshire is known for its quirky dialect and strong, broad accent, with the region having its own versions of commonly used words
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Yorkshire is known for its quirky dialect and strong, broad accent, with the region having its own versions of commonly used words.

Here’s a detailed guide of commonly used Yorkshire phrases, some of which you may have heard of and some that may be completely new to you. You may already be fluent in the Yorkshire dialect, but if you're not this guide will help you master how to speak ‘proper Yorkshire’ in no time at all.

You may already be fluent in the Yorkshire dialect, but if you're not this guide will help youmaster how to speak proper Yorkshire in no time at all

You may already be fluent in the Yorkshire dialect, but if you're not this guide will help youmaster how to speak proper Yorkshire in no time at all

Guide for mastering the Yorkshire dialect

‘Ack: Roof

Addle: Earn

Allus: always

Aye: Yes

Back end: Autumn

B’aht: Without

Bait: Snack

Black bright: Very dirty

Bobar: Rubbish

Bobby dazzler: A complimentary phrase used to describe something or someone that is considered outstanding, striking, or attractive

Bog: Toilet

Bray: Hit or beat something (or someone)- predominantly only heard in Yorkshire.

Britches: Trousers/Knickers

Chuddy: Chewing gum

Coil ‘oil: Coal shed or cellar

Courtin’: Going out with

Eeh by gum: Oh my God

Ey up: Hello

Fettle: Make

Flaggin’: Getting tired

Flippin’ ‘eck: Bloody hell

Flit: Move house

Flummox: Confuse

Gander: Look

Gennel/Ginnel: A narrow passage between buildings/an alleyway

Gi’oer: Give over

Gip: Retch

Goosegogs: Gooseberries

Lug ‘oil: Ear hole

Mardy: Moody, sulky or stroppy.

Mashin’: Making tea

Mebee: maybe or might do

Mi’sen: Myself

Mithering: Bothering

Monk on: Grumpy or sulky

Nesh: To feel cold

Nithered: When you feel extremely cold

Nowt: Nothing

'Ow do: How do you do?

Owt: Anything

Parky: Cold

Phummock peeping out of an ivy bush: Untidy hair

Put wood in t’ole: Close the door

Reight: Very

Shuft up: Make more room

Silin’: Raining heavily

Si ‘Thi’ later: See you later

Snap: Food

Snap Tin: Sandwich box/lunch box

Snicket: Passageway

Spice: Sweets

Sup: Drink

Swill: Drink.

Tha: You

Thissen: Yourself

Was tha' born in a barn?: Close the door- you’ve left it open

Wittler: A worrier