Guide to the regional dialects of the north
Many people love the Scottish accent, but it is not just the way that they say words that can be different to England, but also the phrases themselves. Depending on where you are north of the border, you may find accents broader and more unusual words thrown in for good measure. Some of these have been derived from the Lowland Scots language or Gaelic, which is why they sound so different.
Here are some of the greetings and phrases you might come across while holidaying in Scotland:
• Awrite - Hi
• Hou ar ye? - How are you?
• Nice tae meit ye - Nice to meet you
• Whit's yer name? - What's your name?
• See ye efter - See you later
• Can A gie ye a haund? - Can I help you?
• Whaur's the bathroom? - Where is the bathroom?
• Come wi's - Come with me
• Muckle - Big
• Wee - Small
The North East
The North East has a number of accents and dialects, depending on whether the speaker comes from close to Newcastle, Sunderland or even Middlesbrough. The most famous of these is Geordie, which some people may recognise from when shows such as Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Byker Grove were on the television.
If you are in the heart of Newcastle, then you may find some of the following phrases useful:
• Hoo ye gannin? - How are you?
• Bonny day the day - It's a nice day today
• Whey aye, man - That's right
• Where's ya netty? - Where is the toilet?
• Am gan yem - I'm going home
• Am clamming - I'm hungry
• The Toon - refers to both the city itself and Newcastle United
• Bairn - Child
• Monkey's blood - the strawberry or raspberry sauce that goes on ice cream
• Worky ticket - someone who is pushing their luck
Many people think they know the dialect of Yorkshire from reading classics such as Wuthering Heights and Nicholas Nickleby. But while some of it has remained unchanged from the 19th century, the dialect with its roots in Old English and Old Norse has evolved yet further. One of the most common elements of the Yorkshire dialect is for words to be shortened and merged together.
Read on for some of the words and phrases you may come across while spending time in the county.
• Aye yp - Hello
• Ah-reet kid? - How are you?
• Where's tha bin? - Where have you been?
• Off f'a slurp - Going to the pub for a drink
• A bit a'snap - A snack
• Put t'wood in t'oil - Shut the door (literally, put the wood in the hole)
• Tha's nowt as queer as folk - an affectionate way of saying people are strange
• Waybit - A short distance
• Breadcake - A bread roll
• Wazak - A fool