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A selection of words and anecdotes from County Durham, written by Hannah Pease.
When you get to know the dialect of a place, you get closer to its history and personality. Nowhere is this truer than for County Durham. Its history was so shaped by the mining industry that a whole dialect grew up around it. In this book, you can explore ‘Yakka’ or ‘Pitmatic’ for yourself! You can also get to know the Pitman poets who helped to capture the lives of County Durham’s miners in poetry and song. Then you can try out other local dialect words for size. Go for it, ma canny hinny!
The dialect and culture of County Durham have many different aspects, but there’s one thing no one can doubt: they continue to delight many people to this day. Read on and let this book of County Durham dialect inspire you to sprinkle a few delightful new words and phrases into your everyday speech.
If you really want to understand the history of a place, you need to get to know its dialect. Nowhere is this truer than for County Durham. Just a quick look at its dialect reveals the astonishing richness of its history. Whether it’s Pitmatic, the language of the mining world, or its distinctive local phrases and sayings, the dialect of County Durham is packed full of its past. From the language once used by hard-working coal-hewers to the words and phrases on the lips of local people, we take a look at the language behind the place. With such a rich history of mining, it’s no wonder that County Durham’s history features not one, but two Pitman poets! In this book, we look at their contribution in celebrating the hardships and the humour involved with surviving everyday life in County Durham collieries.
There is so much to explore in the dialect and the history of County Durham that we could only cover a little in this book. Did you know that County Durham’s miners loved to dance? Inside, we look at two types of dances which were once hugely popular in the area. We also explore the fascinating links between County Durham and Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English mustard and one half of one of the world’s best-loved comic partnerships! Plus, we look at why the ancient story of a giant snake is so popular around the North-East. Read on to start discovering the dialect and history of County Durham for yourself!
Released: 29th May 2016
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Hannah Pease