Been thinking about this for a while, so here goes. For the amusement, amazement or probably just the general bemusement of all, I present the first in a series of, “Northern British Sayings”. Could be just a word, or maybe an expression. Probably some dialect things. I’m going to give my interpretation of these, be interesting to hear alternatives in the comments. Since I am a Yorkshireman, my interpretation will generally have a “Yorkshire” perspective. Yes, these are things that people actually say, today (for the benefit of my American friends). 🙂
As in, “He doesn’t have an ha’porth of sense.” Or, “You daft ha’porth.”
Pronounced, “aye-peth”, this is a contraction of “Half-penny worth”. So, “He doesn’t have a half-penny worth of sense.”
Incidentally, a half-penny is known as an “ha’penny”, pronounced “aye-penny”.