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Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

Postby GeordieJedi » Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:05 pm

After reading another post about rooters and their pronunciation. Its always amazed me, that for a small country, we have such a wide range of varied accents and dialects. (even just a few mile apart)

So I thought id type a few Geordie words and their meanings.

Aye = Yes
Whey AYE = Emphatic Yes
Na / Nur = No
Howay / Ha'way = C'mon / hurry up
"Bee-ah" = Beer
Haddaway = Get lost
"Cooncil pop" - council pop = Water
Bairn = Child
Canny = Quite / nice
Gan Canny = Be careful / Take it easy
"Shoart" = Shirt
Geet = Very - eg: Geet big
Wor = Our / my / mine
Wor lass = My girlfriend / wife / partner
Bandit = Gambling machine
"Whee" = Who
"Div-int" = Dont
Femor = Delicate

Oh yeah, I dont wanna upset anybody, but when someone says "oop north" I just wanna cringe. We dont say that at all.
(its from either Yorkshire or Lancashire (which I dont even consider the north anyway).The North Starts at Berwick and Finishes at Gateshead. Anywhere south of Middlesborough is Europe....He he he.

(If anybody noticed my profile, I do live in Darlington. However I hail from a town called Blyth (which is about 15 miles north Newcastle).

So Does anybody have any strange or unusual words or slang that they use to confuse others?
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RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

Postby risc_user » Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:24 pm

In Somerset it's "Where's that to?" meaning where is that.
And the answer form is "It's to <place>".
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RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

Postby Dutch_Master » Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:42 pm

Well, it doesn't have to be so big like the UK is. Even in Holland we have dialects that are only understandable for insiders who live there from birth. Like in the north we have Friesland, a mix of Keltic and Scandinavian, with some German and 'regular' Dutch for new words. Then there is Limburg (in the south), which is a mix of Flamish, German, some regular Dutch and a little French (heck, the provincial capital of Maastricht (you Brits all know that :P) is almost closer to Paris then Amsterdam ;)) Even in cities dialects are spoken: in The Hague (where I live) the 'upstarts' speak a totally different Dutch to the workers of the street but as they rarely mix, it normally isn't an issue ;)

As for English dialects, we all know the difference between UK English and its US counterpart :mrgreen:
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RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

Postby catgate » Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:59 am

it is the same in Yorkshire. People in Leeds speak a different language to the people in Bradford, who speak a different language from those in say Goole. And that is different again to the variety of dialects in each of the Dales.The explanation is quite simple. in Leeds it is a mixture of Yiddish and Carribean, Bradford is Urdu and Farsi, Goole is a mixture of Polish and Haddock and the Dales is a mixture of the dialects displaced by the above and baa!
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RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

Postby Rhakios » Tue Jan 01, 2008 12:53 am

In the Midlands, we all speak perfectly normally, it's other places that have funny accents and odd sayings. ;)
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Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:08 am

Rhakios wrote:In the Midlands, we all speak perfectly normally, it's other places that have funny accents and odd sayings. ;)


Except for the Black country, but they don't consider themselves part of the Midlands anyway :-)

My northern Uncle always used to say that anyone from South of Warrington was a "Woollyback" - (sheep thief).
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RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

Postby nelz » Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:11 am

That's what they say in America too :D

Tara a bit :)
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Postby 1slipperyfish » Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:46 am

wc wrote:My northern Uncle always used to say that anyone from Warrington was a "Woollyback" - (sheep thief).

yeah they say that here :D
bru = hill,
lobbies = corned beef and potato ash
lobbie-gobbler = someone from leigh(a nearby "town" that's actually part of wigan)
i must say some but i can't remember any???
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Postby spottedcat » Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:15 am

1slipperyfish (troll) wrote:lobbies = corned beef and potato ash


Do Wiganites incinerate their potatoes before they eat them then? :?
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Postby 1slipperyfish » Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:23 am

don't blame me if the spell checker doesn't pick it up i don't question it :D
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Postby nelz » Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:36 am

Only 1sf (troll) would rely on a spell checker in a thread about dialects...<sigh>
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Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

Postby guy » Tue Jan 01, 2008 1:10 pm

wyliecoyoteuk wrote:
Rhakios wrote:In the Midlands, we all speak perfectly normally, it's other places that have funny accents and odd sayings. ;)


Except for the Black country, but they don't consider themselves part of the Midlands anyway


My Mum used to say that if you mixed your vowel sounds up at random, you would be bound to come up with one Black Country accent or another, for example:

"May Merm yussed tuh saa thit ef yuh mexed yowr voowel soonds erp it rindaim, yuh would bey boond tuh cerm erp weth wern Blick Cerntreh iccent owr inerther."
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Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

Postby Rhakios » Tue Jan 01, 2008 2:09 pm

guy wrote:My Mum used to say that if you mixed your vowel sounds up at random, you would be bound to come up with one Black Country accent or another, for example:

"May Merm yussed tuh saa thit ef yuh mexed yowr voowel soonds erp it rindaim, yuh would bey boond tuh cerm erp weth wern Blick Cerntreh iccent owr inerther."


Perhaps, if it's South African Black Country :?
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Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

Postby Rhakios » Tue Jan 01, 2008 2:10 pm

nelz wrote:That's what they say in America too :D

Tara a bit :)


The idea that Americans might think Midlanders speak perfectly normal English is somewhat off-putting. ;)
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RE: Re: RE: Accents, slang, dialect and the English language

Postby nelz » Tue Jan 01, 2008 2:39 pm

It appears that Midlanders can't understand perfectly normal English either ;-)
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