Month: June 2014

Northern British Sayings #10: If tha’ does ‘owt fer nowt …

Here’s a contribution from my Dad (thanks Dad!) This one is an old Yorkshire saying, words to live by. 🙂

Hear all, see all, say nowt, 
Eyt all, drink all, pay nowt,
And if tha ever does owt fer nowt,
Do it fer thi sen!

Or,

Hear everything, see everything, say nothing,
Eat everything, drink everything, pay nothing,
And if you ever do anything for nothing,
Do it for yourself!

Yorkshire folk do have a reputation of being “economical” …

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Northern British Sayings #9: Coil, ‘oil, Roo-ad, Soo-ap

This quick episode of Northern British Sayings covers some Yorkshire dialect.

Coil = Coal.
‘oil = Hole.
Coil ‘oil = Coal Cellar or Coal Mine.
Roo-ad = Road.
Soo-ap = Soap (and possibly also Soup).
Coo-at = Coat. But also, Coit = Coat.
Boo-at = Boat.
Boo-it = Boot.

Any others?

 

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