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 Post subject: A long list !
PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:41 pm 

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Having mentioned in an earlier post that I had a big list somewhere, I have now computerised it, and have copied it in below. Some of these have already been mentioned in this Section, by me or others. I'd be interested in responses : for example, how many of the words (72 I think) do you know, and where were you brought up ?


Lancashire words and phrases

From Rex Watson, 2008

(Mainly from Burnley area)

Most of these are ones I remember from my childhood in Burnley. I was born there in 1944 and lived there till 1962, though have often visited since. Some therefore may be ones I have noted from a relative more recently. Particularly, some may derive from south Lancashire, where my mother was raised (Chadderton near Oldham).

Some may be slang words of the time, not really dialect. Others may just be old-fashioned words, widespread geographically, that have largely gone out of use.

Wright’s Dialect Dictionary has many of these, giving early instances and origin (e.g. Nordic, Anglo-Saxon). A few instances are noted here of use by dialect authors.

Words mainly

After (1). About (I asked after him. I asked how he was) [See Phrases also]
After (2). Later
Anyroad. Anyhow/anyway
As. That (e.g. him as lives up the hill)
As how. That (e.g. I think as how I’ll go out)
At. On (e.g. at Tuesday)
Back-end. Autumn or early winter
Back-word. Change of mind (regarding a transaction)
Bay-window. Posh [used, of talking, by Tommy Thompson]
Bog-eyed. Sleepy
Call. Criticise or berate
Chuffed. Pleased
Crammed. Tetchy
Fast. Stuck (e.g. zip). Fast for what to eat. Stuck for what to choose
Flob. Spit (noun or verb)
Fine up. Stop raining and brighten up
Flustered. Rushed
Gawmless/gormless. Stupid
Getten. Got
Ginnel. A narrow lane
Gob. Mouth
Going on. Nearly, usually of an age
Happen. Perhaps
Jack in. Give up
Jiggered. Tired
Knobstick. Strike-breaker (brought by Cornish miners, c.1873)
Lake. Play. If a worker is playing he is on holiday
Let on. Reveal (information)
Lick. Beat. Licked them hollow. Beat them easily
Likely. Sharp, alert
Lose. Come out ( a crowd after a football match, a factory, a school)
Lug (1) /lug oil (hole). Ear
Lug (2) Pull
Maiden. Clothes-horse
Mard. Mis-behaved/cocky (of a child)
Marlicking. Playing about
Mend (the fire). Tend the fire, put more coal on
Mind. Take care to remember
Moithered. Bothered/annoyed
Neb. Hard front part of cap
Nor. Than (e.g. Butter is better nor margarine)
Oin(ed). Annoy(ed)
Of. On (e.g. of a Saturday, on Saturdays)
On. Of (e.g. I know she will take care on him)
Panned out. Tired
Playing. Not working
Reet. Right
Rush (verb). Cost
Scullery. Kitchen
Shape. Organise (Shape yourself)
Shop. Way, situation. That’s the only shop. That’s the only way to do it
Shut of. Rid of
Sick (adjective). Deputising (A sick weaver is working for someone off sick)
Side. Clear, e.g. a table after eating
Singing. (Of a kettle when boiling)
Sken. Stare
Slated. Underskirt showing !
Sneck. Door-latch
Spell. Splinter (in finger say)
Standing. Waiting for work, particularly to replace someone absent
Stop up. Wait up (for someone late at night)
Suited. Pleased
Swank. Brag
Ta-ta (noun). Walk (to a child) [used by Waugh in ‘Besom Ben Stories’]
Think on. Remember
Throng(ed). Busy
Trim up. Put up (Christmas) decorations
Wesh. Wash
Vestibule. Hallway
Whatnot. Corner shelf
While. Until
Wick. Alive, alert

Phrases mainly

Better side out. Improved, after illness
Billy winks is coming. Sleep is coming [used by Tommy Thompson]
He’s after going out. He wants to go out, e.g. a dog
I don’t know anything else. I’ve no more news
I’ll go to the crows. I’ll be very surprised if I’m wrong [used by Waugh in ‘Besom Ben Stories’]
I’ll go to the foot of our stairs. I am surprised
Put wood in th’oil (the hole). Shut the door
Sling/Take your hook. Get off with you
I called myself (to do something). I meant (to do something)
I’d rather have something that’s jumped over a gate. (Wanting savoury dish rather than sweet !)
Tom Fowt shuffle. The shuffling effect on a pack of cards when they are dropped.

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