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I spent many hours recording the accents and stories of the oldest folks in lots of south Devon villages on cassette.
meaning a witlow was giving him a lot of second was cloam scat for broken shards of pottery. lisa whates in Brixton James Parr, that's an interesting observation, and is quite right. (And lost the habit myself.) Jan ex- Okehampton now Florida; I hope you're wrong about the Sarf Lundun accent; I live here, and it's awful to hear! You wont notice you say it unitl you meet someone from outsie of Devon. "Smeeching" was used to mean smoking, like a wet wood on a fire. Other words were bint (to describe a girl that was bimbo-ish), slag and slapper(for easy women)yer noggin (your brain- but I don't know if this is frum debn! These from an old lady who had never been out of devon (I don't think even her village! Bruce, Northumberland When I try to explain my accent I say I use a 'long short a'.
Another I've remembered while writing this,is to scammel in the brimmels ,meaning to fall or trip over into the brambles.sorry about the spellings hope they are of intrest.regards Phil Tonkins Toni, Plymouth I think the problem with finding true devon words and sayings is that going to school in devonport(in the 70's and 80's)we had a lot of children from naval families who were from elsewhere, but we used to use 'mitching off', and we used to get 'done' for it! Anyway, when we ask were someone is going we always say "Where you going to" I dont know why but we add to onto the end, normally would just be where you going. M "Trunkie want a bun" not sure of the spelling, Think it means being nosey. It means you are nosey, like an elephant searching for a bun with it's trunk. I never knew the origin of Grockles and had commented on the large black birds here in US called Grackles..thanks to this site I have learnt it is a name for jackdaws, who cause trouble and steal things.. And once when I came rushing out of the butchers in Okehampton to catch my bus, an old lady said to me " Landsakes, Where be foire then? Bleddy is dialect for bloody which does indeed mean By Our Lady and is a mediaeval oath sworn to do something in the name of Mary. The Wren Trust does wonderful work in oral history and folk music in Devon. "Proper job" I remember well; it was used to mark approval or give a compliment. What I mean is, most folks say the word bath either as 'barth' (posh) or 'bath' (somewhat clipped and northern-sounding).
He was apparently overheard addressing himself thus just before sitting down to a meal: "Sit ye down, Farmer Gammin. Don 'ee rise up hungry." Gossip about village characters such as this no doubt was a common form of entertainment. (I still think that's lovely, referring to girls as maids! All from dinner ladies in a Plymouth Primary school. (You are mad you are) Doin' the Sen Vitus Daanse(doing the St.
Phil Tonkins Hi John two things i remember my grandfather saying to me were :the nimlegang was giving him socks. tom wheatley/devon I can confirm some of the ones mentioned. ) However, bint, slag and slapper are nothing to do with Devon; they're just words which have been generally fashionable at one time or another to describe girls and women; the first was used for women generally, the other two (still in use) were perjorative. Me and my friends used to say Loike at the end of every sentence. Shut yer face/teeth/trap(shut up) Dozy cow(stupid woman). Vitus dance) -jumping about wildly- the origin is some sort of illness.
(I don't remember being told any more.) Apparently a villager living by himself had--like others in the same situation-- acquired the habit of conversing with himself.
His name was Farmer Gammin (a name that I have discovered was in truth found in my grandmother's village). ) Moiy Buurd (My Bird) Me Aansom (My Handsome)Moiy Flower.
DOUG from Hampshire I don't know why, but this morning I was checking out a word my wife uses to describe something smoking a lot (like bacon or wood). Ee uzed to kick up when ee's tea went samzoey (cooled off) and you shoould ev zeed ees vit size, was like bleddy boats twas! Chris, Hong Kong To Frank - Lyme Regis I think it's an upright form of field dock found in rough pasture; my wife, a Northumbrian calls it sourdock. As a lifelong Devonian i would consider the plymothian accent to be something different entirely and dare i say it more cornish???
Miss the bugger mind, ee flitted of to work overseas. The wood sorrel in my memory is also sour and really good with cheddar. Ed from Instow Our old farm labourer used to come out with some classics: Wer be gwain (where are you going), What be dwain (what are you doing). For example my Dad, a Plymouthian always says 'Me Luvver' and if you say that to someone not from the area (esp to another man) people think it's a bit odd.
" Another one for being "mad" was "proper doughbake" chris northam - palmer my mother in law has lived in the small hamlet of horndon all of her life and speak a dialect unknown to me even though I am a born and bred Plymothian. I bought some curly kale trait today nothing is said without trait tacked on. She also will address me in a way I think that has died out for many a year certainly nothing I heard from my own Grandparents thus:- Ow be you? I Roger Hooper ex Holsworthy For Dennis Lee Cleven, who wants to hear what Devon people sound like: the Wren Trust sell a beautiful cassette "A Village Remembers".Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating