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Gran always referred to Grandad as "The maister" possibly because they had been in the butchering and this is what she would have called him in the shop. Margaret Biggs Fownhope, Herefordshire. Potteries slang My family are all from Fenton and Hanley, I remember a rhyme me Grandad used to say when I were a kid. Translated for those not from this area, "Can you kick a ball, against a wall, and head it until it bursts".

Bit non-sensical I suppose, but has always stuck with me. Matt Horwell Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. Local words Whatabout the words and phrases used by miners? Staffordshire miners - a gob being an area of coal that had been taken out and had a tendency to spontaneously combust or catch fire. The miners would then seal it up - 'shut the gob'. Also what about "butties" and "doggies" and "tommy shops". Keyholes for meddlers Thanks for that.

It makes much more sense! Chris Coates Perth Australia.


Potteries dialect My family used "saunded" to mean late for work and also "franked" to mean getting up late. I got to work 15 minutes late one day and said I was franked but my boss not from round here didn't understand, me being only 16 then couldn't work out how to say it different so got docked an hours pay for not explaining properly.

Always used "pops" as name for my dad, don't know if it's pottery but when I moved I said it to someone talking about my dad and she said I must be from potteries as her previous boyfriend used same and he was from Hanley. Got the complete Grandad Piggott set of tapes the other day - now teaching my 16 year old how to towcrate - he loves it. Glynn Swift Oswestry was born in Northwood, lived in Potteries 35 years.

When a lad calls his mate. Arv sayn Moby Dick seven tarms! Arm not too owd, thee knowst! Tak off thee coot, and purrem up! Look, arm sorry, ow rate?

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Ar wuz just pullin thee leg. Dost fancy a paint? Ar could use a paint. Hard Skin What's the correct word for lumps of hard skin on your finger due to overwork? Words Two more words I remember: When there was pork for tea he always said "a dunner lark poke", and he hated Margaret Thacker! Typical Potteries Conversation A young Potteries lad sees his friend standing outside a public house. Potteries Sayings One of my Fathers sayings in hot weather was 'Arm as dry as a Larm Burners clog', Which refered to the clogs of lime pit burners who's clogs would split because of the heat of the pit.

When he came home if he looked worn out I would ask 'At O rait' he would some times say 'No th oppers brok a gen' Which refered to the coal hopper which lifted coal trucks at Stoke sheds to load coal into the steam engine tenders - it was a very tempermental piece of machinery. He was outside forman at one time in the sheds. Potteries Sayings and phrases Like a lot of migrants in Oz, Italian, German, Dutch, etc I like to talk in my own language with other Potteries folk "ite 'ere", but only for fun!

Always end up crackin' up laughin' at some saying. Try doing biblical stories in Nowth Staffs accent. The faydin' O the Fave Tharsund is an easy one! The reduction of two words to one short one shows great talent. No doubt ther are many moer. A saying I remember for someone who is a nosey parker, goes something like "Leo's for meddlers, and crussies Crusts for lame ducks" Can anybody tell me where that originates from??

Puthery is one of my favourite words , glad to see it in writing. Mum used to refer to people as being "stiff" if they were squat in build at least that's what I thought it meant. She also used to say "Id as lief "for "Id just as soon" One word that I've never heard anyone saying since leaving home is "garl" for the crusty bits of "sleep" that collect in the corner of your eye.

No one seems to have mentioned "skeedy" for left -handed Speaking of hands , Mum used to call them "pidders and "donnies". Maybe pidders was fingers and "donnies" were hands. The word "jerkin" was commonly used for a cardigan and "gansey" for jumper. And also "dunna fash theesen " don't go to trouble or "werrit " Tough meat was always "cag ag" according to my Mum "Stale"was the word for a broom handle If something was put down in anger , it was always "slat down" "Flobbing " was a particularly obnoxious male tendency that of sptting phlegm, or gobbing "Tripe'ound " was a derogatory term for people and to "cant "on a person was to tell tales about them A term that got me in trouble when I went to live in London and called someone a "cant " As a primary school child , "cruddy" was rubbishy and "skinny " was mean.

Since I am a teacher of English to foreigners I have actually tried teaching my students some Stokie dialect Emma Wright Milan, Italy. Words My mum uses mard to mean "spoilt", as in "dunna be so mard" - here in Perth australia they say a child's acting "sukey". Owd grandad Piggott Owd Piggott is a timeless classic and has place in our local heritage. I grew up listening to Piggott stories at 'wom' in the 70's and i still enjoy his exploits as much now as I did then.

My kids, however, David 13 and Lucy 10 cannot understand the dialect used and I have to translate!! What is the world coming to?

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I hope that Povey continues to spin us yarns of "th'owd mon" for years to come. PS, Mr Povey, if you read this, please release your back catalogue on CD format they would sell "faster than potteries demolition workers strip lead from a roof on 'tarm n ayf'" Graham Goodwin Longton neck end. Lekkin con Lekkin Con: Old Biddulph Moor word for a watering can. You can also lek th'garden. Breakfast cereal before Kelloggs. As in "It's maid away in here" meaning it's dirty. For some reason, some people say I'm maid away with a cold.

When I was at school in Penkhull many years ago, a friend of mine had a very fussy little dog which used to jump up when you entered the hose. My friend would say, "Dunner fer let him scrawp yer" meaning "Don't let his claws scratch your legs. Werritin' Wot 't werritin' about. Very similar to mither.

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Tony Babb San Jose, California. There is an address in the back of the book where further copies can be obtained. The Adderley Press, 2 Bambury St. Another Stoke word is "dinged" meaning a bruised piece of fruit. Mither and Mardy to Mither is to disturb someone,,,"dont mither me im busy or stop mithering " Mardy is to be easliy upset ,"dont be mardy rse ,it didnt hurt that much,". ALso to "sneep" someone is too offend them, sue Redcar. It's a good Icelandic word, also probably used everywhere else in Scandinavia which also means to bother and in an expression meaning "sorry" pronounced "thee meethoor", - my Icelandic keyboard is on the blink, so I cannot spell it using the Icelandic alphabet.

Icelandic is full of English language words originally Norse. My father used Sam Sam Sam canna come in, nay begum may father's in dunna ya whisle, dunna ya shart but rattle ya clogs and they'll come art sharon white Brown Edge. Old Penkhull Twang My dad Joe is a bit of a lad he's 89! He hails from Penkhull. Just a few of his probably personal verbal gems. Sentnel - Evening Sentinel newspaper. My Grandmother Joynson from Silverdale had a few special words like: Allan Cartlidge Inverbervie, Montrose, Scotland. Pottery Talk When I was young doing something and taking a long time over it my father used to say.

Another Fenton saying ' I'm goin down lido'. As in he fell over and scrawped his knee Chris Bentley Haslington, Crewe. My american husband had trouble figuring out my stoke accent at first and now i live in the USA no one can understand what i say half the time so i sent him this link to use as a dictionary. So this seems to be a general northen expressions, and not just from the Potteries. Another word I remember was "crocks" coming from crockery - cups, plates, bowls etc. Used as in "put the crocks away after you've washed-up".

Joan Aggett Stoke - now Leeds. Nesh In my part of Stoke-on-Trent, nesh could also mean that your feelings were easily hurt, or that you couldn't stand the slightest physical discomfort Joan Aggett now Leeds. Stoke dialect In Stoke people go on t'buz bus up 'anley Hanley,duck. They are weary wary Carol Parker Cheddleton, Leek. Nemma Newcastle - Under - Lyme. His mum would always say when her feet were cold that they were like a couple of duckers. His dad always refers to trucks being lurries. Pottery dialect Just a few that I remember: However, I can't remember what it is called.

It is on sale in waterstones. Potters Dialect Im quite surprised no one has submitted these yet! Staffordshire Words Here's a few Staffordshire words and phrases to start you off: Staffordshire Words - your suggestions! There were eight further impressions, and a reprint in October Made and printed by Stowes the Printers, Longton.

Were any copies kept at Radio Stoke? Snappin - Your packed lunch for work Gareth James Bradeley. Dialect words My grandmother always used to refer to the alley between terraced houses as "the entry. My grandfather when he retired used to spend many a happy hour on the "shawdruck" or tip, looking for crockery that had escaped being smashed when slightly imperfect.

Pottries dialect I have been trying to locate a book on the north staffs dialect. If memory serves me correctly it was called "owfer towcrate in stafysher". Is there a website on this subject? Many Thanks Charlie Brereton. Pottries dialect Snitter - a light dusting - as in a snitter of snow. Puthery - heavy humid weather when a thunderstorm is brewing. Sneap - to hurt someone's feelings. Flirt - to flick- e.

I now live in Shropshire, here they only flick them - they think flirting rubber bands is a very strange concept, but this meaning of flirt is in the huge Shorter English Dictionary. Snicket - a cutting through to somewhere, like a shute, shut, alley etc. Firtle around -similar to above but more gentle. All in a robble - a tangle, like when a kitten has played with a ball of wool.

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Nesh - feeling the cold - as in "You are nesh". Werret - noun or verb a worrier or to worry I've been all round the Wrekin - a phrase meaning a long way round, or a journey that's taken you all over the place, referring to the fact that there is a long windy road squiggling around the base of the Wrekin that goes on for miles. Pottries dialect I think that you should do a bigger section on the Potteries dialect.

Anyway my suggestions are: After the first, a second and I think possibly a third were published. These, if you can get hold of them would provide a wealth of local words and phrases. Scrawping is the act of climbing, clambering, shinnying etc etc up, along, on, under, around etc etc buildings, trees etc etc. Nesh If you felt the cold easily you were said to be "nesh" Ronk You were "ronk" if you were irritable I don't know if this is how to spell the words!!!

Mike Hooley N Staffs. A local word for getting covered in nasty oil off your bike or car etc. This word is derived from oil used in the old railway works here - people say that the oil came up from Bletchley. My grandmother, who was a local lady, used to use the word 'puthery' for the type of weather which is also described as muggy. It is still used today for any grease or dirty oil substance.

Another Creweism dialect word is 'meemoor' To 'Meemoor' at someone is to pull your face at them behind their back. Local Potteries words Afe Crine Half Crown Bay Chum Spiders Beecham's Powders Bill joe nice Build your own house Chaise 'n' Pittles Cheese and Pickles Kine Slice Local Tamworth words Yawp — to scream or shout loudly eg yawping from one side of the room to the other. Scrawping — a young child screaming its head off — usually in the middle of a shop Scrape- bread with an ultra thin layer of margarine or dripping. To scrat round — to have to search very hard for something eg scrat round for money at the end of the week.

Clarts — warm wet brown stuff to put it politely eg I have a dose of the clarts, they dropped me in the clarts. Colly Wesson - Awkward as in some one who says the opposite is true to every thing you say. Idle as deans dog - I understand it is from a long ago dean called Lutherium who's dog only moved when someone threw it on the fire.

From the above a publican might ask "Do you mind going home. Its closing time" this translated becomes "Goo whom wut. Note - A Lancaster bomber crashed on Grindon moor in because of poor translation of local dialect. Someone got through to the village by 'phone which had been cut off by snow for some weeks. The contact was asked if they were all right to which the answer was "Weree ow raight but were starving" This was translated as they were hungry but it actually meant they were cold.

A drop of food was arranged and the plane crashed in fog killing the crew. The irony is that anyone who knows moorlands people would know that they always have twelve months of food - in the pantry, the pig sty, the hen cote or the shippon. I moved here from Yorkshire in and wondered if I would have to go back to school to learn the language! One of my first problems occurred in my first job Portland Pottery, Cobridge when I was carrying some potters boards and someone said 'eyup, asta got a snifter then?

Home Explore the BBC. This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving. Local Words You are in: Judy Light Judy Light Stoek on Trent Stafordshire dialect We always used the words 'cob' or 'strop't0o denote someone having a trantum or being in a bad mood! Paul Juckes Girona, Spain Costs no more to speak correctly? Paul Huddersfield used to live rahnd t'Meir cost kick a bo My mum used to tell me that one, but she'd always finish with 'I cost, cost thay? Paul Birkin Huddersfield Staffordshire words Two staffs words spring to mind.

Clifford Ellis Hanley nosy meddlers etc. Paul Birkin Halifax book? Sally Stone Staffordshire words My mum from Cheshire uses the word "traklements" to describe belongings if someone was going off somewhere. Hazel Leek living in walsall wood I was brought up in Walsall wood in the sixties and my husbands from Darlaston.

Gail Morgan Walsall stoke words when I was a lad your trousers were referred to as your kecks and your sweater was a gansey. Clifford Ellis Hanley bint can anyone tell me what county uses the word bint? Kelly Maddock-Davies now in Bristol Stoke Talk At up, am gooin to talk stokie, if feenk its dead mint, i gor go anley tod'y, i ate shoppin, anyway you shud try speakin stokie its dead mint.

James Newcastle under lyme Stoke dialects i was bringing my new boyfriend home for the first time and tactfully asked my Dad if he would please speak proper english; "oi wull dew me best wench" i breathed a sigh of relief. Clive Stoke-on-Trent keyholes for meddlers The full saying is as far as I know ''Keyholes for meddlers, boxes for fiddlers and crutches for lame ducks. Clive Stoke-on-Trent staffordshire words one word that's always foxed me is 'tranklements' a term often used by my mother [a derbyshire lady] when referring to a collection particularly, in my case, toys. When anyone was courting it was always said that they were mashing Cliff Ellis Hanley Cos kick a boa This saying was sometimes followed by - Dunna fash thesen if thee conna.

Eileen Stoke on Trent Saying the time When giving the time "analogue style" most people would say "ten past four" and "five to three" for 4: Alan Budd Barrow in Furness Stoke and Yorkshire I'm surprised that so many stoke words are similar to Yorkshire words, How ever I'm surprised no noe has added "Duck" as in " ow are we duck?

I often say as well " Not backwards at coming forwards" meaning they know what they are doing Audrey Lewis Cliff Vale Stoke words My nan often refers to a small side plate as a muffin, whether this is a Stoke word or not I am not sure. Dale White Nesh Aye, an I bet yer were "reet sneeped by that siree"! Neil Bristow Swindon ex-Stafford segs Segs was also used if someone got something fost first and you wanted to be next in line for it, so you called segs or seggy second Dave Parkes Segs AKA calluses - but interestingly, did the use of segs as a name for hard skin have anything to do with the fact that they were also variously shaped steel tips for the leather soles and heels of boots - a sort of refined hobnail?

Chris Nixon Staffordshire words Nesh relates to someone not dealing with the cold too well. He turned to me and said "You're blummin nesh lad" If I got summat Something wrong i would get a rate Right cussin telling off. Pearl Dunne Haslington Stoke words I remember my grandmother saying this rhyme: Ye mustna whistle, ye mustna shout But rattle me clogs, till I come out" Julie Brisbane, Australia Local Words Brummie colloquial words are spelled the same and have the same meaning as our Staffordshire words.

Fred Hughes Burslem By the way, nobody has yet mentioned the term, 'come keen' which means sharp pain; if, say, you trap your finger in a door an observer might say, "Ooh, I bet that come keen! Rodger Deane Biddulph Keyholes for meddlers Thanks for that. Roy Cartlidge Montreal Hard Skin What's the correct word for lumps of hard skin on your finger due to overwork?

Roy Cartlidge Montreal, Canada Potteries Sayings One of my Fathers sayings in hot weather was 'Arm as dry as a Larm Burners clog', Which refered to the clogs of lime pit burners who's clogs would split because of the heat of the pit. We used to go to the "Saffruck " to look for plates Joan Ginsberg nee Hand Longton penkhull rhetorical questions like: Emma Wright Milan, Italy Words My mum uses mard to mean "spoilt", as in "dunna be so mard" - here in Perth australia they say a child's acting "sukey".

PS, Mr Povey, if you read this, please release your back catalogue on CD format they would sell "faster than potteries demolition workers strip lead from a roof on 'tarm n ayf'" Graham Goodwin Longton neck end Lekkin con Lekkin Con: Dave Machin Ipswich Dialect words. Viv Butler Worcester a couple of things they say Skew wiff Stee thee weer thee at Derek Williams Chorley, Lancs, formerly Meir Mither and Mardy to Mither is to disturb someone,,,"dont mither me im busy or stop mithering " Mardy is to be easliy upset ,"dont be mardy rse ,it didnt hurt that much,".

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