10 Norfolk words that should be revived

Keith Skipper, a champion of the Norfolk dialect, would like to hear more local terms spoken again.

Keith Skipper, a champion of the Norfolk dialect, would like to hear more local terms spoken again. Picture: Trevor Allen - Credit: Archant

Researchers have released a list of 30 'lost' words they want to revive. Friends of Norfolk Dialect founder Keith Skipper shares 10 Norfolk terms he would like to see brought back into general use.

The Sheringham Clock Tower is the perfect place for mardle. Picture: Annie Hirst

The Sheringham Clock Tower is the perfect place for mardle. Picture: Annie Hirst

1. Harnser - heron. This large grey bird is a common, but welcome sight for ornithologists on the Norfolk Broads.

2. Puckaterry - In a muddle or a bit of a temper: 'I'm in a right old puckaterry!'

3. Troshin' - to thresh (corn or another crop). Also 'keep on troshin'' is an encouragement meaning 'keep on going'.

4. Mardle - to gossip or chat. This is something old Sheringham fishermen used to do (and perhaps do still) under the town clock on Sunday morning.

A grey heron, or as it is often known in Norfolk, a harnser, in flight. Picture: Peter Dent

A grey heron, or as it is often known in Norfolk, a harnser, in flight. Picture: Peter Dent - Credit: citizenside.com

5. Jiffle - to fidget: 'Stop yar jifflin',' the teacher told Tommy.

6. Dodman - Not some rural occupation or obscure Norfolk surname, this humble piece of dialect is simply another word for snail.

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7. Garp or gorp - to gape or stare at something: 'That Missus Smith dew garp outta har net cartins.'

8. Muckwash - to sweat or get all hot and bothered: 'He's all a' muckwash!'

9. Squit - nonsense, often with an entertaining edge: 'He talk a load o' squit, he do.'

10. Tricolate - To spruce up or repair: 'He tricolated the shud suffin masterous.'

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