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Some years ago my mother told me a rhyme that was typical of the area, possibly walkley...it went thus....

 

Where's tha bin tha mucky tyke

Laykin t'all afternoon

Inter't sink oil yorll be fun

Look at tha britches showin

Muck an splat reet up t'neck

Black as soot thee clothes

No more laykin for thee tonait

Intert 'outhouse tha guz begone

 

I wonder if anyone else recalls any similar 'rhymes'......it surely must be one of those many parts of Sheffield history that will be well (and sadly lost) forgotten as the modern world takes over.

It would be lovely if someone with the necessary knowhow could collect all these all too oft lost 'snippets' and make some sort of compilation. History is for our children, lets not forget that!

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Found these in the 'Fletchers van' Thread if they help...

 

 

Don't eat Fletchers bread

It makes you sh*t like lead

No bloody wonder

You fart like thunder

Don't eat Fletchers bread

 

 

 

Fletchers bread

Made of lead

If you eat it

You'll drop dead

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Intresting to read i never herd of either poems carry on the good work

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There used to be a rhyme similar to the Fletchers one but based on the advert on the back of the vans;-

Anybodys butter but Gillots Bread

Eat a slice and fall down dead.

 

Then the famous saying 'In t' Wicker weer t'water runs dahn t'wier.

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Don Kiddick has mentioned this one on another thread but I did know of it [honest !].It's a slogan for all Yorkshire folk , so it must include Sheffielders !

 

A True Sheffielder

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See all

 

Hear all

 

Say nowt

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Eyt all

 

Sup all

 

Pay nowt

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An' if tha does owt for nowt ,

 

Do it for thissen

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I once bought a book (which i have still got) called Sheffieldish a begginers phrase book,

it was published in 1981 by City of Sheffield publicity dept.

it has got phrases in it like keep thi nooers art also indivadual word translations;

hole - oyal

coal - coyal

head - eead

etc

 

and some poems in sheffield dialect. Some of the poems are by a man named Tom Hauge who wrote a book called Totley Tom.

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Dah'n in our coyle oil,

 

wheer t' muck slats on t'winders,

 

we've burned all our coyl up,

 

and weer nah burnin cinders.

 

 

 

then with a 'posh' accent,

 

 

 

Down in the basement,

where the dirt settles on the casement,

we've burned all our fuel up and

are now burning ashes.

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I remember someone saying to me,'Who washi wee, washi wi a sen washi?' I said 'What?' And I was told it was Attercliffe Chinese.

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My Nan passed these to me and my Mum and I wonder if anyone else has heard it or it's just my Nans' silly sayings -

 

 

'Rooer tha'll pee less' - which means cry and you will not wee as much!

 

'I'm stood ere like Clem Alice' - which means I am stood here waiting looking like an idiot!.

 

'It's a bit black ova Bills' Mothers' - It looks like it might rain

 

My bloke is a Southener and thinks I make up all these sayings but our family always use to say them and still do, I would love to know if anyone else has heard of any of these or is it just my families sayings.

:confused:

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Yes, Dawny 1 I remember all the sayings you quoted along with 'ask me no questions I'll tell thee no lies' - 'weer there's muck theres money' - 'If tha wants owt doing reet do it thissen" and heaps more - My favourite I think was 'if tha can't say owt good about a body shut thi gob'

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There's

"well a gu t' 'ell"

 

or the nicer version for in front of the kids

"well al gu t' foot o' our stairs"

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Originally posted by jmdee

Dah'n in our coyle oil,.....................

 

I have heard of this one too - with an extra verse and set to a tune....... I'm not sure I can write in true 'Sheffield' style but I'll have a go.

 

 

 

Rate Dah'n in coyle oil,

wheer t' muck slats on t'winders,

we've used our coyl up,

n rate dah'n to cinders.

 

Ee wen yon bayliff cums

E'll never feend us

Cos weer rate dah'n in coyle oil

Wheer t' muck slats on t'winders

 

 

then with a 'posh' accent,

 

Down in the basement,

where the dirt accumulates on the casement,

we've burned all our anthracite

And we are now using residue.

 

When the landlord's representative calls

He will not locate us.

Because we are residing in the basement

where the dirt accumulates on the casement,

 

I can sing the tine, sort of, but just can't remember which popular song it's nicked from....... I'll keep thinking.

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