Even more Wigan Speyk!
More local dialect submitted by Colin Burgess, Susan Sherwood and Steve Whittle.
Thanks to Colin Burgess, originally from Orrell and now living in Toronto, Canada - for his favourite Orrell and Billinge Speyk!
Estadunthee? - Have you finished?
Azeeeckazlike - No he has not.
Overheard at the urinals in the Foot at Billinge (circa 1980):-
Eezteeddropbluddydeeurd (wannatheezdays) - He is certain to drop down dead (one of these days).
Heard from a conductor on the Kitt Green bus (circa 1950):-
Ononnyonyerennyapenizonyer? - Doany of you have any half-pennies in your possession ?
And my very, very, favourite, heard from the legendary late Ozzie Peel of Orrell Post on hearing that his son had picked his future bride (circa 1965):-
Consheedo? - Can she clean house satisfactorily?
Thanks to Susan Sherwood for contributing 'Wiggin Terms', as used by her dad (1926-1975) and exported to Yorkshire via Goose Green and Pemberton.
Skull drag - Threat of oncoming violence. ie. All skulldrag thee.
Leather and Timber Kiss - Self explanatory, clogs involved.
Ginny Greenteeth, Icky Firebobby, Boggarts - Wigan phantoms and elves?
Red Clogs - Bogeyman who roamed the slag heaps (according to Dad, told to keep children away from lethal slag heaps).
Slap Butty - You can slap anything in a folded slice of bread.
Bo-Bo's - Go Bo-Bo's - ie. go to sleep.
Fot - Gorritfotdo - You have to go through these trials and tribulations.
My favourite by Cousin Clifford, to my dad
"Eh Uncle Dick, I've been fartin all day" - as in combat. Required quick translation to our neighbours, that went down in our family album.
Thanks to Steve Whittle, for the "Owd Ryme" and Wiganese:
|Thowd chap sez cont dance,||The old man asks me if I could dance,|
|Asez who,||I ask him, who is he talking to?|
|Ee sez thee,||He replies you,|
|A sez me,||I ask him me? (Looking rather surprised)|
|Ee sez I,||He replies yes,|
|A sez now,||I reply no,|
|Ee sez o ta.||He replies thank you.|
|There cat peed up ar ginel.||They are a distant relative.|
Thanks to Alan Sutton for this funny:
I was playing snooker with a broad speaker and after a shot that bounced the ball's all over the table and finally potting a red he said "tha dint gu fer that dit". I was curled up with laughter.
Thanks to Kate Lawson for sending:
My grandma (a very old Orrell lady) used to say "he's been cut round th'ad butt". Which apparently means 'he had a hair cut'. It took some some explaining!