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Learn Lancastrian / Lancashire accent

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Lancashire Red RoseYou know I was once told the following by one of my bosses “Mike, you´re an intelligent lad and you´ll go far if you could just lose your accent”

My response to this was something along the lines of “What the **** has my accent got to do with the price of fish?” I didn´t work there very long, my boss was an idiot!

Its not the only time I´ve been told my accent is a problem, when I worked for Ocean software I used to work on the customer service line and was told a few times by customers, “I´m sorry I don´t understand your accent”, Mind you the other lad I used to work with had a broad mancunian accent and once received a letter from a satisfied client which read “The phone was answered by the most aggressive man with a mancunian accent……although he did solve my problem, many thanks.”

I dont sound like George Formby and I don´t see my accent as a problem as even my Japanese wife and her English speaking friends and family can understand me if I don´t speak in slang.

However if I do speak in slang, then unless your another Lancastrian then you may not understand. This is why I have included a few Lancastrian phrases and words so that you might understand any words I say to you.

My accent is part of who I am, I am a Lancastrian, and it says so on my Birth Certificate.

Place of Birth: Littleborough, Lancashire.
Checkout this website for Confirmation - The friends of real Lancashire

Anyway here´s a brief guide to the Lancastrian accent (This is a work in progress and will be added to from time to time)

art al´reet

are you alright?

Nowt

nothing

Ath

at the

Amust

I must

Art

are you

Ast

have you

As´ta

do you have

Awlreet

alright

Babby

baby

Barmpot

idiot/simpleton

Benny

go mad/ throw a tantrum

Bickering

argueing

Bout

without

Bowt

bought (pronounced bow t)

Bowton

Bolton

Brass

money

Britchies

breeches

Browt

brought

Burrie

Bury

Butty

Sandwich

Buzz

Bus

Cack anded

clumsy

Cakehole

mouth

Champion

good as in I´m good/well

Compin

chewing

Chuck

throw something, also used to address an associate, ow do chuck?

Clobber

item of clothing / To hit some one

Clowt

item of clothing / To hit some one

Cob on

annoyed

Corporation pop

tap water

Cowd

cold

Dust

do you (as in "Dust tha like that")

D ya like that?

Did you like that (Catchphrase of Fred Dibnah esq)

Ees

he

Eigh up

move up

Etten

eaten (Ged it etten)

Feight

fight

Flummoxed

flustered

Forrin

foreign

Foyer

fire (as in "Chuck it in foyer")

Frabbin

struggling (stop frabbin an givit ere)

Fratch

argue

Fust

first

Gi

give

Ginnel

passage between houses

Gob

mouth (shut tha gob)

Gooin

going

Gormless

somebody whos slow (ees gormless)

Gowd

gold

Gradley

good (reet gradley)

Gronny

grandma

Guduz

good as

Havin kittens

worried (ees avin kittens)

Hauf

half

Heause

house

Heyt

height

Hoo

she

Howd

hold

Howdim

hold him (As in "You howdim well I kick im inth knackers")

Im

him

Imbook

hymnbook

Int

isn´t, is not

Inth

into the / in the

Iti al´reet

are you alright?

Itwer

it was

Jiggered

exhausted

Lang

long

Lanky

Lancashire

Larn

learn

Leet

light

Lerrim

let him

Loife

life

Loike

like

Lugs

ears

Mardy

spoilt child

Met

might

Meyt

meat

Mi´sen

myself

Mi´sel

myself

Missus

Mrs, the wife

Moggy

cat

Moither

annoy (stop moitherin´ me)

Mon

man

Monny

many

Musta

must I

Nay

no

Neet

night

Nesh

cold (man its nesh)

Noddy

fool

No nouse

lack of intelligence

Nought

nothing

Nouse

sense

Nowt

nothing

Oi

I

Our peg

my wife

Owd

old

Owdo

How do you do

Owdonabit

slow down, just a moment

Owt

anything

Owtelse

anything else

Papper

paper

Parky

cold

Peawnd

pound

Po fagged

exhausted

Pownd

stressed

Reet

right

Scoo

school

Sell

self (Mi sell)

Sez

says

Shives

slices of bread

Sin

seen (av sin´nit)

Sken

look (av a sken at this)

Slopstone

draining board

Smook

smoke

Sparrowfart

as in ‘I were up at crack o´ sparrowfart´

Spittin feathers

thirsty

Summat

something (summat an nothin)

T

the

Tae

tea

Tarra

goodbye

Tawk

talk

Teem

pour

Tek

take

Tha

you

Tha knows

you know, aren´t you

Th´art

thow art

Thend

the end

Thee

you

Theer

there

Thewt

thought

Thi

you

thowt

thought

thowd´man

father

thrutch

push

towd

told

tram stopper

thick sandwich

umpteen

plenty, several

un

and

up t´stick

pregnant

utch

move

uz

we, us

uz´ll

we will

wacked

tired

waggin

wagon

wain´t

will not

wantsta

want to

warrabowt

what about

wark

work

watter

water

weer

where

wesh

wash

wetch

watch

wi

with

wilt

will you

wimmin

women

worrel

what will (worrel this do ya?)

wrang

wrong

yawl

you all

yed

head

yerd

heard

If you want to here more Lancashire dialect being spoken and sung then get thee sen over t Lancashire Dialect poems pages

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What about:

Wha what

Ye wha pardon 

poddon pardon

Clegg horse fly

Hog Ramb

Bob 5p

Ma mum

Mam mum

Da Dad

Pa Dad

Daft silly

Scally Chav/ dilliquent (coming from Irish Gaelic scallyhoeg )

Codswallop rubbish

Clogged up To have something filled, derived from having clogs (old lancastrian shoes) fixed

Mended fixed

Bog toilet (from Irish Gaelic)

Gob Mouth (direct word from Irish Gaelic)

Addle To earn used in ""addle some brass"" (coming from Old Norse)

Nackered Broken/Tired

Shattered Tired

Clog to fill 

Outcomden Foreigner or some on not from the settlement you re in

 

Posted by: Daniel McHugh on 30 March 2013

Thanks so Much
Hi, I was born in Manchester, however lived in Chester and Stockport for my early days until my family emigrated to Australia. I love the accent although I still remember my grandmother and uncles calling me """"flower"""" in a sentance and also always being called """"our Hazel"""" I have lost most of my accent after 30 years out here but still retain a lot of the speech peculiarities such as """"side the table"""" and """"give over"""" etc...... which causes much merriment to my children and husband.


mykp says:
thats for that. You dont say "well i ll go to the foot of our stairs" as well do you?

Posted by: Hazel on 12 August 2012

Reet gradely yon lad
I loved the vocabulary, some I have forgotten, because I am on missionary work down in the Midlands, but when I come home, it all comes flooding back. I am from Bowton and had to translatwe Fred Dibnah for my friends down here.

Keep it up, and ta

mykp says:
thas welcome. ope then gets thee sen back ome sharpish.

Posted by: Sialia Sialis on 16 March 2011

Help!
I have my gggrandmothers m.c. and on it the minister (or parson) says her name is Hitchen, but she has signed it what looks like Hadstone or Hatshaw, could her broad accent have confused the minister (or parson)?she was married twice in two days once in the Catholic church and once as a protestant, apparently the church insisted on this in 1832. Lurrv to hear from someone who might be able to help me, I am ozzie and we know about broad accents! Ta

Posted by: sue pinchen on 15 September 2010

A Level Drama
This has been really helpful is preparation for my character development on the play ROAD (Set in Lancashire during the 80 s.) I was wondering, if it s not to much trouble, if you could possibly tell me how to pronounce some of those words and the alphabet as I am sure the way we pronounc things like book are different. I m from the South East and my accent is extremely different and this would really help me in my drama A Level. Thank you so much :)

mykp says:
Sorry chuck, but no.

Posted by: Leah on 11 January 2010

thanks!
I am interested in the Lancashire accent because my great grandparents were born in Oldham. Since I never knew them, I was curious about their accent.  Do you think it would be close to yours?  Of course they left there in 1841!  Thanks for your article.

mykp says:
No I think the accent has been diluted over the years, however certain pockets of Lancashire still retain the dialect if not all the various ways of speaking.

Posted by: Elizabeth Rose on 01 October 2009

Brilliant
If only everyone could speak and be proud of our dialect!!!!! I only wish that people still wouldnt stigmatis dialect!!!!!

Posted by: Gregg Ashcroft on 11 April 2009

ACCENT
was slightly helpful. I was looking for pronunciation and some sound would be good . I have a part in "Brassed Off"

mykp says:
You do know the brassed off story is based in Yorkshire. a very different and some would say, strange accent :x)

Posted by: ROSS CARRICK on 26 March 2009


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