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Yorkshire Dialect

Being a big county and very diverse geographically, Yorkshire is quite regional in both its accents and dialect words. North Yorkshire (rural) and South Yorkshire (industrial) in particular are very markedly different but there are also big differences between the West or Pennine towns (Woollen Mills) and the East (Coast). There are marked Viking influences in the dialect but less so and different from Durham and Northumberland.

Some reasonably common Yorkshire words and sayings:

  • Nesh - Scared and or Cold
  • Snap - Working Lunch (as in packed), carried in a snap tin.
  • Bait - food
  • Bairn - child
  • Beck - stream
  • Parky - chilly
  • Dog Shelf - floor
  • Fettle - fix or mend
  • Flit - move house
  • Gate - street
  • Happen - maybe
  • Ay up - traditional greeting and mild warning
  • Sithee - traditional parting
  • Kegs - trousers
  • Laik - playing when should be doing something else. Skiving.
  • Skive - to shirk work
  • Teem - pour
  • Owt - anything
  • Nowt - nothing
  • Mash - brew
  • Backend - end of the year - late Autumn / Winter
  • Champion - fine
  • Mither - annoy
  • Monk on - sulking
  • Put wood in 'hole - close the door
  • Side 'table - clear the table
  • Spice - sweets
  • Thi sen - yourself
  • Us - our or me
  • Us sens - ourselves
  • While - until
  • Dinner - lunch
  • Tea - dinner
  • Cob - throw
  • Cog - give a lift on a bicycle crossbar
  • Clart - cover usually with something sticky like mud or dough
  • Ginnel - an alleyway
  • Snicket - a short cut
  • Snick - latch
  • Hang your nose over - look longingly at (usualy food)
  • Born in a barn - someone who leaves doors open

Hear all, see all, say nowt Eat all, sup all, pay nowt And if thi ever does owt for nowt Do it for thi sen