Yorkshire Sayings and Words

To most people a true Yorkshire Dales accent is a foreign language, most of which comes from our ancestors and the languages of the Angles, Vikings and Saxons.

Many people from Germany feel at home with the Yorkshire dialect which is very similar to many German words and almost all the ancient Yorkshire words have been ‘removed’ from modern Standard English.

The dialect has a distinctive pattern of grammar, vocabulary, accent and spelling, which to some people is looked down upon and those speaking it are thought as simple minded folks.

The Yorkshire accent, as with all languages is changing and if we were to go back 100 years, the people of the day would have great difficulty in understanding what the modern person of today is saying. Plus it is in danger of been lost as a language to be found only in books and the internet if not preserved.

To this end the Yorkshire Dialect Society helps to promote the Yorkshire dialect on TV and Radio, and has helped make changes to peoples attitude to dialect, so your less likely to hear Standard BBC English which has slowly been replaced with regional accents.

A reight boddy dazzler
Ah wor fair starved
Allus
Aye up
Bonce
Chuffed
Daft as a Brush
Fettle
Guff
His britches arse is hanging out
In’t
Jammy
Kegs
Lavvy
Livin’ ower t brush
Nonse
Owt
Pull tha broggs up
Put wood inth ole
Radged
Shut ya cake hole
Tha looks in fine fettle
Thas a blithering idiot
Topped his Clogs
Ya hairs loppey
Aye up gaffers coming
Yoon
A good looking girl
I was very cold
Always
What’s up
Head
Excited
Stupid
To Make Good
Fart
Mans pants bottom is torn
In the
Lucky
Underpants
Toilet
Living as man and wife but not married
Sense
Anything
Pull your pants up
Close the Door
Mad angry
Keep your mouth shut
You look well
A person that’s not very clever
Somebody has died
Your hair has head lice
Look out the boss is coming
Oven