Jump to content

Old Sheffield dialect

Recommended Posts

Originally posted by Tazz070299

Yitten - was a word used to mean scared.

 

Ganzy - a jumper or pullover

 

eightfoot - a ginnel or footpath

 

 

Regards

 

Tazz

 

Yitten, or as some say it "yittney" wsdefinitely a derisiry term for scared or cowardly.

 

Gansey is a corruption of "guernsey" (imagine geu'nsey) which is another word for a sweater/ jumper/ jersey

 

and my father always uses the term "eightfoot" for a jennel..

 

my grandma used "starved" for cold, and "gamp" for umbrella.

 

and my brother in law used "stalled" to mean "fed up".. as in "I were fair stalled on'it!"

 

and when I was getting an injunction out against my violent ex fiance, I told the solicitor that one of the fince's more pleasant traits was that he was "mardy" if he could not get everything his own way. I had to explain "Mardy" to the solicitor.

 

PT

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

P.T - Starving used to refer as lacking in anything, particularly being cold...

 

and

 

my friend from further north said "why the 'while' and not until"

is it just my bad english lol??

No..I say that too, and most people here do. It's a dialect difference in grammar.

 

Thankgod for A Level English Language :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Originally posted by LBoogie

No..I say that too, and most people here do. It's a dialect difference in grammar.

 

It's still bad use of English.

 

It's wrong and confusing. Consider:

 

"Wait at the lights while they change to green".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, it's the wrong use of standard english, but its an accepted dialect variant.

 

I consider dialects to be good and they give England variety. People are starting to not be so snobbish about dialect forms, especially when they've been around longer that some of the standard English forms.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Originally posted by LBoogie

Yes, it's the wrong use of standard english, but its an accepted dialect variant.

 

I consider dialects to be good and they give England variety. People are starting to not be so snobbish about dialect forms, especially when they've been around longer that some of the standard English forms.

 

But speaking in non-standard forms leaves room for confusion. I'll be honest, I HATE the Yorkshire accent and dialect.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love it, and so do a lot of people...

 

most people in the country use some form of non standard English..not just Yorkshire people.

 

I think it's very interesting, and most of it can be traced back through the years to old Norse etc. It's sort of like seeing into the past and finding out its effects on us all, even today. You can trace the invasions of England through the way we now speak. Even in standard English, theres a reason why we have so many french words, ( particularly in law courts and around the justice system).

 

It's all so interesting, and to lose any of it would be a crime - but language is a continually changing thing, that's what makes it so interesting

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Originally posted by LBoogie

I love it, and so do a lot of people...

 

most people in the country use some form of non standard English..not just Yorkshire people.

 

I think it's very interesting, and most of it can be traced back through the years to old Norse etc. It's sort of like seeing into the past and finding out its effects on us all, even today. You can trace the invasions of England through the way we now speak. Even in standard English, theres a reason why we have so many french words, ( particularly in law courts and around the justice system).

 

It's all so interesting, and to lose any of it would be a crime - but language is a continually changing thing, that's what makes it so interesting

 

 

Yes, I too found it interesting (also did A Level English). I just can't stand strong accents/dialects, Yorkshire in particular.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

am sure we've had some sorta similar thread b4 bout us sheffielders?

but ere tha guz.

"thad best geeyore wi thi roorin, or thall get somet t'roor fo"

or "if tha dunt geeyore, al tell thi fathur, an eel gi thi a paystin wen ee gets oorme!"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

bin on wonert sites above, cum across this, and this aint wot it means it me!!

 

faff: to trifle with something

not posting wot i "think" it means!! :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.