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A Collection of Lancashire Dialect Poems, Photographs, Phrases & Sayings from around the Wigan area. By Jeff Unsworth


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Glossary of Lancashire Dialect Words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AGATE :- Her's gerr'in agate er mi ( She is getting on at me )

AGATE :- He's gett'n agate caw'in for mi. ( He has got in the habit of calling for me )

Origin:- Old Norse word Gata

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ACS :- "Acs him worr he waants" " ask him what he wants"

Old English ACSIAN to ask
or enquire


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AWOVARUCK "Ther front room looked weel, it was awovaruck"" Their front room looked well, it was very untidy"

They wer feight'in aw of a ruck.

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BLETHERYED :- He's a reight Bletheryed ( A person who is not very bright )

Old Norse BLATHRA

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BANT :-"Mi jackets bin'ter't cleaners un thiv tack'n awt bant eawt of it"

"My jacket has been to the cleaners and it does'nt have the same quality as before"

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BRAT :-"Thall need't wear a brat " ( an apron )

PINNY :- also an apron

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CACK :- "Mam, aahm goo'in forr a cack" ( Mother I am going to the toilet )

Also CACK handed ( Left handed person )

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CALE :- Keep thi cale in't queue. ( Keep your turn in the queue )

Don't lerr um cale thi. ( don't let them push in front of you )

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CLEMT or CLEMMED :- Aahm clemt dee'uth ( I am very hungry )

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CRACK ON :- Her knew summut burr her neyer cracked on. ( She knew something but she never said a word )

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DEG :- Aah mon deg mi plants or thill dee. ( I must water my plants or they will die )

Norwegian :- Deggja

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EEN :- Aah mon get mi een tested ( I must get my eyes tested )

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ESSHOLE :- Aah'l at clen th'esshole eawt. ( I will have to clean under the fire grate )

Probably stems from ASHOLE
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Thanks to James Miller ( Orrell )

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