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Linda Rowland Nottingham My Nan used to warn "don't stir that cabbage hard, you'll have it all of a jowder". The most memorable quote he ever said to me and my mates returning from a surf was "if i've ever zeed dree bags'v jjit, they'm stood yer right een vront'v me". Steve - Birmingham, ex Paignton It still suprises me when people 'up country' don't understand the simple expression - 'Where to? kirsty not that many at the moment, i am still researching that!

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" Another one for being "mad" was "proper doughbake" chris northam - palmer my mother in law has lived in the small hamlet of horndon all of her life and speak a dialect unknown to me even though I am a born and bred Plymothian. I bought some curly kale trait today nothing is said without trait tacked on. She also will address me in a way I think that has died out for many a year certainly nothing I heard from my own Grandparents thus:- Ow be you? I Roger Hooper ex Holsworthy For Dennis Lee Cleven, who wants to hear what Devon people sound like: the Wren Trust sell a beautiful cassette "A Village Remembers".

For example attached the the end of every sentence is the word trait. She uses splittereens for smithareens if she breaks something. You can listen to some lovely Devon people from Milton Abbott. Primrose I've been scratching my 'ayde about this for a while: there always seemed to be a clear difference between the vocabulary and pronunciations used by women, and that used by men when I was growing up (discounting the latter's cussing, of course, unless they were 'Methodey' and wouldn't dare swear).

He was apparently overheard addressing himself thus just before sitting down to a meal: "Sit ye down, Farmer Gammin. Don 'ee rise up hungry." Gossip about village characters such as this no doubt was a common form of entertainment. (I still think that's lovely, referring to girls as maids! All from dinner ladies in a Plymouth Primary school. (You are mad you are) Doin' the Sen Vitus Daanse(doing the St.

Phil Tonkins Hi John two things i remember my grandfather saying to me were :the nimlegang was giving him socks. tom wheatley/devon I can confirm some of the ones mentioned. ) However, bint, slag and slapper are nothing to do with Devon; they're just words which have been generally fashionable at one time or another to describe girls and women; the first was used for women generally, the other two (still in use) were perjorative. Me and my friends used to say Loike at the end of every sentence. Shut yer face/teeth/trap(shut up) Dozy cow(stupid woman). Vitus dance) -jumping about wildly- the origin is some sort of illness.

Mary - Devon In your Devon Dialect you haven't included APSE meaning abscess. My wife's family has been living on or near the Hampshire/Sussex border for at least three or four generations so I would guess that the word was in more general use than only Devon. Also the word bint is arabic for girl and was probably imported into England by sailors who had visited foreign ports in exotic parts (or maybe the other way round). I never zee'd any other buyy who could pull 'ees shoulder out of its socket and then drash the bugger back iin jus; by wackin eezselv up against the wall. Where I used to live in South Hams the accent is also on the decline.

I used to hear this a lot in the 60's when I started in dental practice in Exeter and wondered what my patients were doing with a snake in their mouth! Geoff Dorking My daughter was attending a talk on dialects, and the the lecturer came upon the Devon term "Dreckly" (Directly), and attempted to describe its use, and came up with the description, "It's rather like 'manyanha', but not quite so urgent." Rob, Totnes My mother-in-law says when the weather is good for drying clothes, "There's a good dryth". Devon until I heard an elderly woman in South Brent (S. Ee be called Richard and were a propper bleddy dimwit. For me the most authentic Devonian accent, if such a thing exists is found in the countryside of mid devon or west dartmoor.

B'aint have a clue on what breed of beetle made it though. tom wheatley/devon I'll go ahead and put the poem here.

I know that I've forgotten a chunk, but I'll give what I recall.

meaning a witlow was giving him a lot of second was cloam scat for broken shards of pottery. lisa whates in Brixton James Parr, that's an interesting observation, and is quite right. (And lost the habit myself.) Jan ex- Okehampton now Florida; I hope you're wrong about the Sarf Lundun accent; I live here, and it's awful to hear! You wont notice you say it unitl you meet someone from outsie of Devon. "Smeeching" was used to mean smoking, like a wet wood on a fire. Other words were bint (to describe a girl that was bimbo-ish), slag and slapper(for easy women)yer noggin (your brain- but I don't know if this is frum debn! These from an old lady who had never been out of devon (I don't think even her village! Bruce, Northumberland When I try to explain my accent I say I use a 'long short a'.

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