Have you ever had to bail on a night out because you’re jiggered, or been told to stop chelpin’ because you’re doing someone’s head in?
But, unless you know what’s actually being said it can sometimes seem like a load of indecipherable gibberish.
On The Hoot Leeds Facebook page a while back, we asked our readers for some of their favourite sayings and phrases from Leeds.
Here are our picks of some of the best, in honour of Yorkshire Day…
Example: I need summat to do at the weekend.
Sithee / Sithi
Meaning: goodbye, see you later, contraction of ‘See Thee’.
Example: Aye lad, Sithee!
Meaning: right or very.
Example: We had a reet good night.
Example: I don’t like cricket much mi’sen.
Meaning: To go into
Example: Just gonna bob int’ shop – do you want owt?
Example: He were radged about his shed being broken into.
Meaning: Hiya, love
Example: Ere mush, how’s you?
Tin Tin Tin
Meaning: ‘t’in’t in’t tin.. as in “It isn’t in the tin”
Meaning: nasty or rancid, referring to raw meat, offal or rubbish. From Icelandic or Swedish origin.
Example: We can’t eat this chicken, it’s ketty
Meaning: Someone who backs out when the pressure is too much
Example: What a bottle job, he couldn’t hack it
Meaning: Exhausted or broken
Example: I’m proper jiggered, gonna have to give tonight a miss mate.
Example: Be good and I’ll get you some spoggs later
Meaning: To play
Example: We’ve come to see if Kelly’s laikin’ out?
Meaning: Narrow alleyway, passage
Example: He just run down that there ginnel, I saw him a minute ago
Meaning: ‘watch out’, ‘be careful’, or to be used as a greeting, especially when seeing someone/something you weren’t expected.
Example: Ey up lad! Not seen you in ages.
Meaning: Shocked, surprised
Example: You got me a present? I’m capt!
Meaning: Stool / footstool (pronounced like “tuffet”)
Example: Get your feet off that buffet!
Example: ‘Ere, ‘ave you seen my kegs about?
Example: Stop chelpin’ and get some work done.
Meaning: to hit heavily, to knock.
Example: I dinged my car door on the wall getting out earlier. Gutted!
Meaning: a lump of something, usually food.
Example: Can I have a dollop of mash wi me pie please?
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