Northern British Sayings #8: Yitten

Yitten means “cowardly”, or “frightened”.

Example, “Tha’ yitten.” You are a coward/cowardly/afraid/scared.

Often used in an accusatorial manner, “Tha’ not goin’ darn’t pit cos tha’ yitten.” Or, “It occurs to me that the reason you do not want to go down the coal mine is because you are afraid.”

Another example, “Tha dun’t want to fight cock o’ t’class cos tha yitten.” Or, “Might I suggest that the reason you do not want to partake in fisticuffs with the acknowledged best fighter in the class is because you are a scaredy cat.”

Posted by Steve Wetherill

2 comments

Lol. I’ve nivva heard that word.

I remembered this word from my childhood and decided to see if it was recognised slang and was pleasantly surprised to find the reference to it. I thought it was Leicester slang./

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