- Posted by Johanna
- On 21st March 2017
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There are so many different dialects and accents in the UK and of course also Yorkshire has its own. Even inside Yorkshire there is a lot of variation and in some places the dialect is stronger than in others. We put together a little dictionary of typical words and phrases that you could hear coming out of the mouth of a true Yorkie, if you happen to meet one. This list will hopefully stop you from feeling confused in a conversation or you can just learn these and discover your inner Yorkshireman or –woman!
Chuffed = pleased, excited
- “I’m chuffed t’bits wi’ that.” – Wow, I’m so excited!
Tha and Thee = you
- “Tha’ knows.” – You know?
Owt = anything / Nowt = nothing
- “Owt’s better than nowt.” – Guess this will do.
Mardy = grumpy, moody, sulky
- “Mind you visit yer nan this weekend, she’s getting reight mardy.” – Could you please visit your grandma this weekend, she’s getting grumpy.
Lass = girl, girlfriend, wife
- “This is our lass” –This is my girlfriend
Summat = something
- “Did you say summat?”-Did you say something?
- “Yer brew’s mashin’.” –Your tea will be ready soon
’Eckers like = not likely, of course not
- “Did I ‘eckers like!”= Of course I didn’t!
Reight / reet = all right, also very/really
- Be reight – It’ll be all right
- It’s reight good! – It’s really good!
Starting a conversation:
- “Ey up!” – Hi, how is it going?
- “In a bit”= Bye!
And don’t forget: darling, pet, love… at the end of the sentence
- “Ow do, my love?” – Hello/ How are you?