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MIDDLESBROUGH 1960-1861

Words noted in the Middlesbrough Weekly News, where comic and serious comment was presented as letters to the editor, in dialect, that we may presume to be the work of the editor, Joseph Richardson. These are sometimes represented as coming from North Yorkshire, but are about Middlesbrough matters for Middlesbrough readers. An article on Joseph Richardson by Peter Lucas was printed in the Transactions of the C & W A & A S vol.78 (1978) 187-198; this has been supplemented by consulting a microfilm of the newspaper at the British Library. The dialect letters are infrequent items, however, which makes them hard to track.

aboon - above: "aboon a bit" 16 Nov 1861
atween - "atween t' post an' my heead" 16 Nov 1861
deant - don't: "ah deant mean te..." 28 Jan 1860
dyke - ditch: "up tut knees ie dyke watter, mendin hedge backs" 28 Jan 1860
"fistie fight" 21 apr 1960
"t' fokes it North Ridin o Yorkshur" 18 Feb 1860
fra - from: "fra yer awd freend" 28 Jan 1860
gans - goes: "t' sleet gan's varry neer...clean through one's body" 28 Jan 1860
getten - got. 28 Jan 1860
it - "it nuze this week" (in the news) 28 Jan 1860
ivery - every: "ivery neet" 16 Nov 1861
leaking ower - looking over 28 Jan 1860
"to mack it leak respectable like" 18 Feb 1860
mare - more: "a few mare" 28 Jan 1860
noo - now. 16 Nov 1861
"posssing tub and staff" 19 May 1860
roond - round. 16 Nov 1861
sartinly - "ah was sartinly startled" 28 Jan 1860
se - so: "an se it iz" 28 Jan 1860
thrang - crowd: "just it middle at thrang in iverbody's shop" 16 Nov 1861
tiv - to: "tiv his cuntry" 28 Jan 1860
tommy ticket - "the pay ticket, otherwise the ticket denoting the deduction for 'tommy'; 'tommy' being one of the names for 'truck' [i.e. goods, food from employers' stores] Mbro Weekly News 21 Apr 1860
tut - to the: "up tut knees" 28 Jan 1860
"weshen mesel" 28 Jan 1860
wie - with 28 Jan 1860