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A reason to mither

Chatsworth residents: rarely mithered
Are you chunnering? Ever seen a tarnack? Love the sound of nurdling? Maybe only if you come from Derbyshire.

According to the Yorkshire Dialect Society, because of the influence of the internet, social mobility and globalisation, terms which were once commonly used are now a mystery to younger people.

In Derbyshire, however, an effort has been made to document the dialect of a small village, Earl Sterndale, in a new book. Author Phillip Holland says phrases like "as lesh as a pig trough" or "flinkerin wi snow" could become unknown within a generation.

He is using his book Words of the White Peak as "a passionate plea to save part of our history".

But what about the rest of the country? The Today programme makes its own attempt to remember some of the more obscure terms still used around the land.

Earl Sterndale

Am mithered deeth - I'm worried to death.

Anyroadup surrey, ar mun mek tracks fer wom, al sithee! - Anyway mate, I must go home, I'll be seeing you.

Ay wur raight gloppendt, thi o' threaped 'im airt as it wurn't raight, 'e wur fair sneeped - He was really lost for words, they all bamboozled him that what he was saying wasn't correct, he was very crestfallen.

Chunnering - Mumbling disagreeably but not really wanting to be heard.

Eet's no use thi' gostering, tha'll ayther aft' arter, or ilse thart 'affert flit! - There's no point in staring stupidly, you'll either have to alter your ways, or else you'll have to move out of the house.

Faightin' an' scraightin' allis gyets kyat i' kittle! - Fighting and crying always gets the cat pregnant! Said of married couples that are going through a tense time of readjustment or consideration towards each other.

Na then, surrey, 'owat? I anna seed thee fer wiks! - Now then, friend, how are you? I haven't seen you for weeks!

Nurdling - The sound that babies make when gently grumbling.

Tarnack - a good for nothing, a wastrel or profligate

Th'art as lesh as a pig truff! - You are as smooth as a pig trough, complimenting your girlfriend on the smoothness of her skin.

We'en gyet uz sittin' dairn dun fust! - We'll get our leisure time done first.

North Yorkshire

Yorkshire dialect poem
We're down in't coyle 'oyle
Where't muck slarts on't winders
We've used all us coyle up,
And we're rait down't t'cinders.
But if bum bailiff comes,
Ee'll nivver findus,
Cos we'll be down in't coyle 'oyle
Where't muck slarts on't winders

Baggin - packed lunch

Beefing - crying

Daft as a brush - stupid

Goffs - smells horrible

Hell fire! - goodness me!

Laiking - playing

Nithered - very cold

Playing pop - to tell off / get angry with

Side the pots - clear the table


Yorkshire poem translation
We're down in the cellar,
Where the dirt has collected on the windows,
We have used up all our coal,
And we are now down to the cinders.
If the rent man comes,
He will never find us,
For we will be down in the cellar,
Where the dirt has collected on the windows.

Abroad - broken to pieces

Belve - shout or sing loudly

Bless vore - a "charm" or "spell" usually used to cure disorders such as warts or ringworm

Crumpiddy - Uncomfortable, awkward

Long dug - greyhound

Shamfered up - drunk

Whips 'n while - Now and again, occasionally


Dibbins - money thrown into the ring for amateur boxers

Dicky's Meadow - in real trouble

Exey cosher - newspaper street sellor

Hug Me Tight - a tight blouse

Ollies - marbles

Til Dick docked - waiting a long time

Welt - tea break

The Black Country

All round the Wrekin - a tortuous route

Bell oil - effort

Clattering the crocks - washing the dishes

Ferk - a cigarette

Fenague - To give up on something

Jimmuckin - shaking

Kite off - to run away

Maergrum - pulling a face, moodiness

Riffy - unclean

Saft as a biled taernip - Very silly

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