This book will help you understand the unique and ancient Manchester 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.
‘Sorted’, ‘Mad for it’, ‘Banging’… while the city of Manchester is known for its quirky language, it’s all too
easy to overlook the rich heritage of dialect and language throughout Greater Manchester. But look again and you’ll see that there is a world of diverse dialect across the region. You only have to explore the astonishing number of dialect writers in the area’s past to recognise this.
From Urmston-born ‘Tim Bobbin’, who was known as ‘The Father of the Lancashire Dialect’, to Rochdale’s Edwin Waugh, known as the ‘Prince of Dialect Poets’, Greater Manchester’s past is packed with people determined to bring its distinctive dialect to life.
In this book you’ll discover the stories behind these often larger than life characters who counted caricaturist, print maker and political activist amongst their varied careers. You can also sample some of the works that earned these writers their fame, always improved by being read aloud to hear the dialect, of course. As you’ll see in both these writings and those of other lesser-known Greater Manchester authors, it’s not just the dialect but the humour which makes the dialect so special. Look at the dry wit of Skelton’s ‘Once I Wrote a Book’, for example, or the famous Song of Solomon in the Lancashire Accent, as spoken at Bolton. It is these poems and books which reveal just how closely dialect and place are connected. The wide range of writings from across Greater Manchester show the experience of life in Bolton, Salford, Rochdale and many other parts of Greater Manchester over one hundred years ago.
It’s a colourful variety which continues to this day, as you’ll see in the glossary which features familiar Manchester words as well as lesser-known ones. It would have been interesting to see what the dialect writers of the past would have thought when they heard people saying ‘Salfords’, ‘Bang on’ or ‘Bobbins’!
While Cockney rhyming slang is well known across the world, we explore Manchester rhyming slang, an
overlooked but no less entertaining phenomenon. Words can both obscure and reveal the secrets of the past, as we discover when exploring place names from across Greater Manchester. Could Wigan really have derived its name from a person called Wigan, and what is the truth behind Stockport’s name?
The words that shape Greater Manchester continue to intrigue to this day. Enjoy your own journey through the region and its dialect.
Released: September 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Camilla Brook-Chorlton