The Yorkshire Dialect

Between the 9th and 11th centuries, inmigrants of Scandinavian origin brought with them a new language which got mixed up with the spoken by the local Anglosaxons, resulting in a new dialect, still used in the region, mainly in the countryside. The local accent is very particular, with words totally different to the ones we use today. It is funny, and sometimes difficult to understand! Learn it with a local beer in your hands, and it will be an experience for all.

Here you'll find some Yorskhire words and expressions that are common in today's daily life. 


YORKSHIRE                        MODERN ENGLISH


Cheerio:                                bye bye, see you later

Aye:                                       yes                                                        

Backend                               autumn                                                

Bairn                                    child                                                    

Weer ta bahn?                    where are you going?                         

Weer ‘as ta bahn?              where have you been?                        

Beck                                     small river, stream                             

Blutherin’                            crying                                                

Brass                                    money                                                 

By gow! By gum!               my god!                                                

Eck!                                      hell! Damn!                                        

Fowk                                    folk, people                                         

Gaffer                                   boss                                                     

Int’                                        in the                                                   

Jock                                     food, lunch                                          

Kwick                                   quick                                                   

Still liggin’ I’ bed               still in bed                                            

Thar mun do it thissen     you must do it yourself                  

Nesh                                     cold                                                     

Nivver                                  never                                                   

Nowt                                    nothing                                                

 ‘od on a bit                         hold on a moment                                

If ahr catch ‘em                  if I get hold of them…                         

Reet                                      right                                                     

Scullery                                kitchen                                               

Silin’                                     raining                                                   

It’s silin’ it dahn                 it’s raining quite heavily                      

Sup                                       to drink                                                   

Tarra                                    good bye

York’am                               York ham                                             

Yorksher                              Yorkshire                                            

‘od thi’ osses                     just a minute                                        

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