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

'Drive you steady' - the village signs for Deopham in Norfolk take on the local dialect.Photo: Bill SmithCopy: Cat BartmanFor: EDP / DMAArchant © 2006(01603) 772434 - Credit: Archant © 2006

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.

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.

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Bor - friend

Coshies - sweets

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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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