Northern British Sayings #5: Demic

To call someone “demic” is to accuse them of being perhaps slightly less than the shilling, not quite the sixpence. 

In Barnsley, you might hear, “Are thar demic?” What the very reasonable questioner is trying to ascertain of his subject here is, “Are you mentally all there?” or, “Are you perhaps somewhat physically or mentally unwell?”

Demic might also be used to describe something that is used up, worn out or broken, but commonly it is just a synonym for “stupid”.

Posted by Steve Wetherill

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