A dignified silence? Not me!

Nobody’s perfect but if  you’re from Yorkshire, you’re pretty close!” ~ Unknown

Yorkshire 2


English accents, we have so many of them and one way or another we all speak with one.  The English language comes with different dialects, not to mention the differences within the English-speaking countries.

Once or twice lately, I’ve needed to explain what I’m talking about. Equally, I’ve had to ask my Canadian friend “What does that mean?”  I’m referring to phrases not our accents and I have to admit, he understands me more than I sometimes understand him, but I am improving.  Even so, I cannot keep a dignified silence on this any longer, and so with tongue-in-cheek can I say (very politely) it’s an altered version of English that is used at the other side of the pond!  

 Whenever I’m asked “How are you?” I try not to answer with “I’m good thanks.” After all, why on earth would anyone need to know that I’m behaving myself!  I rest my case!

I might be English but I’m also from Yorkshire (God’s own country) and this is where my Yorkshire style English might have become a tad more difficult to understand if I’d used some of the phrases below.

Yorkshire 3Ear all, see all, say nowt. Which translated means …

Hear all, See all, Say nothing.

Other Yorkshire expressions include…

  • Eyt all, sup all and pay nowt
  • If ivver tha does owt fer nowt, allus do it fer thissen.

Translated this means –  Eat all, drink all, pay nothing; And If ever you do anything for nothing – always do it for yourself.

  • Mashing – leaving the tea to brew
  • Ow do? – How do you do?
  • Si thi -See you later
  • Lug oil – ear hole
  • Black bright – very dirty
  • Ey up – Hello

More Yorkshire Sayings can be found here.

©nansfarm.net 2017

Article written in response to the daily word-prompt ‘dignify’

Footnote: The Yorkshire phrases first appeared on my dormant site Facts and Fiction

13 thoughts on “A dignified silence? Not me!

  1. emn

    Good morning, Sue. I am good. 🙂

    Ask me what my favorites shows are to watch? British, of course. The acting, writing, wit, countryside, and a love of the spoken language, all converge on the eye and ear to bring the best entertainment. My hubby and I are enjoying Netflix offerings. “Hinterland” has become a favorite. Welsh and filled with lilting sounds and beautiful spellings, I use closed caption to enjoy what my ear cannot discern.

    Really enjoyed your post this morning. I’m fighting off a bit of envy at your proximity to so many places of interest and beauty. Ah, well. At least I have Sue to lift the curtain and share a bit of life in God’s own country!

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    1. Good Morning Ethel,
      I’m delighted to hear you are ‘good’. Just wondering what time it is where you are, obviously morning but wondering how many hours ahead I am to you. I’m seven hours ahead of GC, but not sure about you. The time here is 6.40pm. I’m so glad you also use captions. some accents here are really difficult to understand. I remember visiting my son when he was up in Newcastle at university. I got lost (frequent occurance) so I pulled into a car park and asked someone the directions. He gave me a very long answer. I got back in the car and my daughter asked “What did he say?” “I’ve no idea,” I answered, ” I couldn’t tell a word he said!”
      Thank you for reading and commenting I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I always look forward to your comments, thank you.

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      1. emn

        You are so welcome, Sue. Your reply reminds me that we, too, have some very difficult dialects. I do some legal transcription (from home). I mostly have been exposed to “West Coast” (US) dictation, but am getting more Southern (US) and it is quite a challenge. Also, when I hear the New York, New Jersey accents, they can be a bit hard to distinguish sometimes.

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  2. I’m so relating to your article with a big smile of acknowledgement, the different lingo’s accents of our English is a fascinating subject, and Haha, one of my best mates is from Ireland, County Cork, with his accent and my Aussie slang, our conversations are interesting.

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    1. Thank you Ivor. Yes I can well imagine the conversations. All you need now is a Yorkshire accent, a scouse, a Geordie and a cockney to add to the mix, that really would be confusing!


      1. Hi Sue, thankyou for following my blog/website, muchly appreciated, I hope you enjoy reading my humble writings, I’m from Geelong, Australia. Cheers. Ivor

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