This book will help you understand the unique and ancient Derbyshire dialect and have you talking like a native in no time. The book includes a dictionary to help you develop an altogether new vocabulary, plus a wonderful collection of tales and anecdotes, all chosen to illustrate different aspects of the delightful local dialect.
When I first moved to Derbyshire, almost 40 years ago, I noticed that everyone seemed to be concerned about my health. They would all ask the same question: ‘Y’aw reet?’ (Are you all right?)
Did I look ill? Did I have a medical condition which was not known to me? These worries disappeared when I realised that the question did not require a reply, but was the normal way of greeting someone, regardless of their physical well-being.
Other questions were equally perplexing. ‘Goin’ Tidza?’ apparently meant ‘Are you going to Tideswell?’ Some might call this way of speaking a symptom of laziness, but the locals would see it as economical. Why insert unnecessary words when meaning can be conveyed without them? Why use a complete place-name when the diminutive will suffice?
But, ‘by gum’, I could understand some phrases because they were identical to those used in Yorkshire, the county of my birth. Although Derbyshire folk have indeed adopted some of the dialect of neighbouring counties, much of their language is unique, not least that which has been evolved by farmers and miners.
The county’s dialect is as characteristic of Derbyshire as its famous hills and dales. Some of that rich verbal heritage is recorded in these pages.
Released: April 2013
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Mike Smith