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East Yorkshire dialect preserved in book
9:07am Tuesday 5th March 2013 in News
IF you’ve had a plum-daytle, you probably feel like gennin, but maybe some bobs-a-dial will cheer you up.
These weird words are just part of a dictionary of terms traditionally used in an East Yorkshire community, which are being kept as a record of its dialect from the late 19th Century.
The Holderness Glossary dates back to 1877 and also includes pronunciations to make it easier for people to pronounce the words and avoid having to grank (murmur, complain despondently) or nackin an crackin (making use of stilted language, using long words without understanding their meaning or applying them correctly).
The book was published for the English Dialect Society and is being kept at the Treasure House in Beverley, where records of local dialect are stored, as part of a move to safeguard East Yorkshire’s heritage.
Collections officer Sam Bartle said: “A lot of the words in the glossary are recognisable to us, but have a special Holderness pronunciation.
“However, many other words seem to be unique to Holderness and form part of the area’s own language.”
To find out what a bummle-kite, a slither-pooak, a rackapelt or a gawvison is, visit the Treasure House in Champney Road or phone 01482 392794.
And for anybody who is wondering, the opening sentence of this story means: If you’ve had a hard day’s work, you probably feel like crying, but maybe some boisterous merriment will cheer you up.