An A to Z of Norfolk - 26 words that prove you come from this county

'Drive you steady' - the village signs for Deopham in Norfolk take on the local dialect.
Photo: Bill Smith
Copy: Cat Bartman
For: EDP / DMA
Archant © 2006
(01603) 772434 'Drive you steady' - the village signs for Deopham in Norfolk take on the local dialect. Photo: Bill Smith Copy: Cat Bartman For: EDP / DMA Archant © 2006 (01603) 772434

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
5:17 PM

Local dialects are emerging (loud and proud of their non-regulation vowel sounds and non-standard words) to be studied by brain and language scientists.

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The Norfolk dialect was the first in Britain to be subject of academic research and is still going strong. On Saturday, March 1 the EDP’s Weekend supplement takes a look at how traditional dialect is faring in the modern era.

For an A to Z introduction to larn yarself Norfolk, try this my ol’ bewties, with fond thanks to Fond, the Friends of Norfolk Dialect.

Ax -ask

Bor - friend

Coshies - sweets

Dickey - donkey

Elijahs – string tied round the bottom of a labourer’s trouser legs

Fye-out – clean out.

Gansey – heavy jumper made of oiled wool

Huh - uneven

Imitate - attempt

Jip - aggravation

Knap – to shape flint

Loke – a short lane

Mardle - chat

Nasty particular - fussy

Old year’s night – new year’s eve

Pightle - paddock

Quackle - choke

Raw - angry

Squit - rubbish

Tittamatorter - seesaw

Uppards - upwards

Vacagees – evacuees

Waarmin – badly behaved child

X-ees – truce, in childhood games

Yisty - yesterday

Zackly - exactly

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