Sunday, December 23, 2012
Just when I thought I might have had this Britishspeak thing conquered, I ran across another bunch of words last night, printed in the Mail online back in 2011 - The Mail is that most reputable and accurate of sources, you'll remember. Even the Brits are not likely to get any/many of these, though, because they are local words and phrases. And American readers? Forget about it! Even when you have the answers, you won't know what THAT word means. ;)
As mentioned above, these words are regional and even local, not UK-wide. I don't know any of them. I don't even know many of the local areas mentioned. For example...
No matter. Be that as it may, unless you are from the area where the following words are used, you won't know what they mean. Worse than Geordie? It's true. You'll be happy to know the British Library is collecting, investigating, and carefully cataloguing these words. A good use of tax dollars, if you ask me. But then, I like to collect words too.
baffies (East Coast of Scotland)
brash (South Wales)
coopers ducks (Black Country)
dreckly (I think that one is a joke. Gottabe. Cornwall)
gambol (No, not what you think. Birmingham)
ginnel (West Riding of Yorkshire)
guddle (Northumberland/Scotland environs)
gully stottle (Ashington/Northumberland)
on the box (Black Country)
on the huh (Norfolk)
pitch (not soccer grass. West Country)
spoggy (Grimsby) (Assume Greater)
ronking (Black Country
tiss up (Leicester)
tranklements (Black Country)
twag (East Riding, Yorkshire)
There's BIG MONEY** in it for the reader of this blog who can give all the answers to the above words correctly without checking the Mailonline at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2010840/British-Library-builds-database-Britains-obscure-words.html
**Definition of "big money" varies.
Did you know you are paying the salary for the person who fills the position of "curator of sociolinguistics"? Bet you are proud.
Some of the comments were harsh:
"Kardashian means a semi-famous entity that acts as a life support system for a failing newspaper."
"We use 'Simples' as a collective noun for people who buy the DM."
Posted by Relax Max at 3:04 PM