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This book will help you understand the unique and ancient Lancashire 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.
‘Lanky twang’ is the distinctive name for Lancashire dialect. Once you’ve heard a little of it, you’re not likely to forget it. I had an early introduction to Lanky Twang, when I was staying with an old friend who was born and bred in the county. On meeting her cousin for the second time, I was perplexed to be asked “What do you know?” It turned out that she was actually asking how I was. That was when my fascination with Lancashire dialect first began.
As you will discover in this book, while most phrases have their roots in centuries gone by, many are alive and thriving today in the Red Rose County. It’s a dialect which is packed with hints of Lancashire’s rich past, from the words that evolved around mining and weaving to the vivid phrases that bring everyday habits to life. For example, it’s fascinating to learn how the everyday lives of mill workers lie behind the expression ‘mee-maw’.
In this book, I also take a look at the references which reveal how people used to live, such as ‘knocker-up’ and ‘Wakes Week’. Not forgetting the dishes and delicacies for which Lancashire is known - and which are still enjoyed today. As I also explain in this book, Lancashire is a county of firsts, both historical and cultural. While there is only so much that this book can explore, it aims to uncover a little of the language and words behind this interesting part of the UK. I’d like to say thank you to Sam (along with her whole family) for introducing me to the joys of Lancashire dialect and food! I’d also like to thank Lancashire Archives and Lancashire Record Office for their help with my research for this book and for the use of photographs from their collections.
Released: March 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Camilla Zajac