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Local Dialect Page.

The local dialect of Hindley Green is basically a Wigan or Leigh Dialect, which comes under the regional Lancashire Dialect. The vowel sounds that make up the local dialect are very flat sounds.

Beside the standard 5 vowels, the Lancashire dialect contains other sounds.

A, E, I, O, U,( Eaw, Eigh, Aah)

"Eaw" as in Ceaw ( Cow ), Eaws ( House ) Ceawnt ( Count ). Beawnt ( Bound to ) Beawnce ( Bounce ).

"Eigh" or "ey" pronounced as in "Eight"
Example: Speighk or speyk ( Speak )
"Eigh up" ( Watch out ) ( Pay Attention )
"Breighk or breyk" ( Break or Brake )
"Feight or feyt" ( Fight )
"Eyt" ( Eat )

"Aah" as in Maahther ( Keep harping on )
"Faahl't" ( Filed, as in Faahl't for Divorce )
"Chaahl't" ( Child )
" Baahl't" or "Baahl'in" ( Boil or Boiling )

There is much influence in The Lancashire Dialect that came from the Scandanavian countries. Examples are In words such as Skrike ( To Cry ) (meaning to cry out, to weep or shriek
Old Norse skrika - meaning scream.

AGATE :- Her's gerr'in agate er mi ( She is getting on at me )
AGATE :- He's gett'n agate caw'in for mi. ( He has got in the habit of calling for me )

Origin:- Old Norse word Gata

Ax or ACS :- "Acs him worr he waants" " ask him what he wants"

Old English ACSIAN to ask
or enquire

DEG :- Aah mon deg mi plants or thill dee. ( I must water my plants or they will die )

Norwegian :- Deggja


Although Wigan and Leigh are possibly the last bastions of the traditional dialect where older people, especially in former colliery districts, will still use the pronoun "tha" or "t'" (thou) and "thi" (thee) instead of "you".
Also,"thy" instead of "your"; and "thine" instead of "yours",
E.g. Worr art t' doin'? ...............( What are you doing )
Tha must be jestin'!................... ( You must be joking )
Dost t' see yon mon o'er theer?. ( Do you see that man over there )
Si thee! Ah'm talkin' to thee!.... ( See you! I am talking to you )
Wheer's thi jackbit? ..................( Where is your food, snack or lunch )
This is mine an' that's thine!....... ( This is mine and that is yours )
As't geet a fiver tha con lend me? ( Have you got a fiver you can lend me )

Words can change from town to town but have the same meaning.
Adding a "t" or "tuh" can have the meaning, "you"
The "t" also can refer to "not".
Examples:
Wil't - Wil'tuh ( Will you )
Con't - Con'tuh ( Can you )
Ar't - Ar'tuh ( Are you )
As't - As'tuh ( Have you )
Wuz't - Wuz'tuh ( Was you )

Maun't ( Must Not )
Wain't ( Will not )
Caun't ( Can not )
Darn't ( Dare not )

Other examples of these phrases which have the same meaning

More Examples http://wigandialect.co.uk/phrases.htm
http://www.wigandialect.co.uk/words.htm

To hear examples of the Wigan Dialect spoken, see http://www.wigandialect.co.uk/poems.htm

Other Interesting Sources

http://www.wiganman.co.uk/Content/history/language.html

Some examples of Lancashire dialect words.

Abeawt, about
Afoor, before
An', and
App'us, apples
As, 'At, that
Aah, I
Aay'll, I will
Aye, sure; yes, certainly

Bawls eawt, calls out
Beawn't, bound to, going to
Beawt, without
Bell-heawr ( Pronounced " ar") , meal time
Bi theirsel', by themselves, alone
Bin, been
Bobby, policeman
Burr, but
Booat, boat
Bowt, bought
Brass, money
Breet, bright
Brid, bird
Browt, brought
Broo, brow
Brok'n, broke
Brunt, burnt
Bud, but

Campin', chatting.
Canel, or cut, Canal
Catched, caught
Ceawrd, cowered
Chaff, banter
Chap, fellow
Cheer, chair
Childer, children
Chimbley, chimney
Chucked,Clod, thrown
Clem, starve
Cleawds, clouds
Cleynin', cleaning
Clooas, clothes
Caw, (1) call, (2) abuse
Codger (Cadger), fellow
Con, can
Corn,t cannot
Cooat, coat
Cooartin', courting
Coom, came
Cusses, curses, curse
Cowd, cold
Crack, (1) an instant, (2) a joke or merry
anecdote
Craytur, creature
Creawded, crowded
Cronies, mates
Cut, canal

Dad, Fayther, father
Daicent, decent
Deawn, down
Dee, die
Dee'ud , Dead
Disate, deceit
Doesno', does not, dost not
Dooin', doing
Drooav, drove
Dudn'd, did not

Eawr, our
Eawt, out
E'e, eye; E'en, eyes
'Em, them
Eyt, eat

Fauce (False), knowing, wise
Feaw or Fow, Ugly
Fayther, father
Fayver, fever
Feeard, afraid
Fella, fellow
Fleawr, (1) flour, (2) flower
Faw, fall
Foo', fool
Fooak, folk
Footbaw', football
Forgeet, Forgett'n, forget
Forrerd, forward
Fust, first
Fotch, fetch
Fowd, fold, yard
Fowt, fought, toiled
Fun', found
Fradg'in, Nattering, Talking, Gossiping.


Ged, get;
Geddin, getting
Geet, got
Getten, gotten
Gill (Jill), in Lancashire, half-a pint
Gi'n, given
Gooa, go; Gooan, gone
Gowd, gold
Gradely, proper-ly, thorough-ly
Gronny, granny

Hafe, or Horf, half
Hafe-timer (Half-timer), a child
who works during one half of
each day and attends school
the other half
Heaw, how
Heawr, hour
Heawse, house
Hed, had
He'd, (1) he had, (2) he would
Heeard, heard
Hes, has; Hev, have
Yed, head
Hob, side of fireplace opposite oven
Hoo, she
Hooam, home
Hooarse, hoarse
Horts, hurts
Hoss, horse

I', in
Id, it; Id', its
Ill fooak, sick folks
Iv, if

Jannock, genuine
Jiffy, instant
Jackbit, Food

Keer, care
Knowed, knew
Keck't, spilled

Layrock, lark
Leeap, leap
Leet, light
Leet on, alight upon, discover
Lick, beat
Limber, lithe, active
Loan, lane
Lots, plenty
Loysin', losing
Mad, vexed
Mester, master
Mam, mother
Meawse, mouse
Meawths, mouths
Med, made; Mek, make
Meyt, meat
Mi, my; Misel', myself
Mich, much
Mo, me
Mon, man; Mony, many
Mooist, most
Moor, more
Moytherd, Moidert, worried, troubled
Mun, must; Mut, might

Nau'but, naught but
Neaw, now
Neet, night
Nob'dy, nobody
Nod, not
Nod, a, a doze, a sleep
Nor, than
Nowe, no (the negative answer)
Nowt, nought

O, all
O', of, on
Ayther, either
Alluz, always
On, of
Th'ov'n, Oven
Oppen, open
Awtgether, altogether
Ov, of
Owd, old
Owt, aught, anything, ought

Papper, paper, newspaper
Peawnd, pound
Peawrs, powers
Parch't, perched
Pleecemon, policeman
Pon, pan
Poo'd, pulled
Pooarch, porch
Pratty, pretty
Preawd, proud

Quare, queer

Rayther, rather
Reawnd, round
Reet, Reight, right
Rowls, rolls
Ruffins (Ruffians), rough lads

Scoor, score
Seawnd, sound
Seawr, sour
Seet, sight; See 't, see it, saw it.
Seet off, started off
Set, sat
Sheawr, shower
Sheawted, shouted
Sheed, shed, let fall
Si, (1) see, (2) saw
Sich, such
Sin, seen; Sin', since
Skeeam, scheme
Slutch, sludge
Smooky, smoky
Some'at, somewhat, something
Sooa, so; Sooart, sort
Sowd, sold
Sowjered, soldiered, served in the army
Sowl, soul
Speawtin' (Spouting), speechmaking
Stondin', standing
Steylin', stealing
Stooary, story
Stor thi stumps, stir thy feet
Swellin', swelling, swaggering

T', Th', the
Ta, Tha, Thae, thou
Tay, tea
Teawn, town
Tekkin', taking
Tentin', attending to
Tenter, weaver's assistant
Ter'ble, terrible, wonderful
Teyched, taught
Thad, that
Thae'rt, Tha'rt, thou art
Thacked, thatched
Theer, there
Theirsel', themselves
They'n, they have
Thick, friendly
Thowt, thought
Thrutch, To strain or push ( whilst using the toilet )
To'ard, To'art, toward
Took his hook, ran off
Towd, told
Toyler, toiler
Two-o'-thre' (two or three), a few

Umpteen, Many
Uns, ones

Voyce, voice
Wakken, waken
Watter, Wayter, water
Waur, were, was
Waurld, world
Weel, well
Welly, well nigh
We'n, we have
Wer, short sound of were; used
in dialect for was, and occasionally
for our
We s', we shall
Weyvin', weaving
Wheer, where
Whol, while
Wi', with
Wi'nod, will not
Wi' 't, with it
Wo, wall
Wod, (1) what, (2) would
Wodn'd, would not
Wooave, wove
Wo'st, worst
Wo'th, worth

Yar, our
Yed, head
Yer, Yore, your
Yo'n, you have

Other Sources:
Dialect Glossary
Teach Yourself some Dialect
Dialect Words
Some Dialect Origins
Lancashire Born & Bred

 

 

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