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BLENKINSOPP, TEESDALE, 1931

Extracts from R.W. Blenkinsopp's The Teesdale dialect (Barnard Castle, 1931). This book includes a list of Norse-based words, a phonology and a glossay (pp.5-28).

aigre - sour
arrish - edge
aswin - obliquely, aslant
aud-farrant - old-fashioned
anparsy - an ampersand

backly - backward, late
ballanned / bellant - poisoned by lead fumes (noted as Upper Teesdale)
banward - a daisy (noted as Upper Teesdale)
bed stocks - frame of bed
bink - stone bench for milk cans etc.
bishoped - burnt (e.g. milk)
blake - butter-yellow
bowdikite - a mischievous child bowly - sherds, stones etc., used to build a bowley-house
brade - to vomit
brea - a brae
but and ben - front and back areas of a two-room house

cast up at someone - reproach
cat-a-jugs - wild rose hip
chirm - chirping sound
chuck - to throw
chow - to chew
cowp - to exchange
cowlings - bits raked together
crame - to clamp and glue
cuddy-wifted - left-handed
currick - cairn of stones cutty - short clay pipe

daggy - drizzly
denched - queasy
dinna / dinnot - do not
dowly - dull, sad

ewlet - awl

fadder - father
fawlike - gipsy-like
feltered - rough, shaggy (of pony's coat)
fick - a struggle
fippence - 5 pence
fiz-fax - tendon of neck
lannen - flannel
flawm / floam / flarm - flattery
flond - tempestuous
fra / frev - from

gadgey - a tramp
ganner - a goer
ganzy - jersey
garth - paddock
goke / gowk - apple-core

handfast - a staple
hap - to cover
heckberry - bird-cherry
hemmel - shelter for cattle
hoke (not howk) - to dig out
hug - to carry

ing - a meadow
i' / iv - in

jagger - pony or galloway
jaistering - swaggering or bragging
jannock - square, honest
jarble - to bedraggle

kelter - rubbish
kelk - a blow
kessen - cast: "weather's ower-kessen"
kizzen - to overbake

lade (pronounced l'yad, l'yed) - to load
lake - to lark or play
lish - active
lug - to carry

mafted - tired, knocked back, gassed, etc.
mang - oats ground with husks
mawky - rotten
mizzle - to rain slightly
moudiheap - molehill
muthy - close (weather)

niefle / nevel - to strike with the fist
nickering and hockering - sniggering and laughin

partrick - partridge
paut - to finger or paw
paze - to lever up pick-dark - pitch dark
pross - to gossip
puke - to vomit

ram - rancid
red - to ready e.g. redding something
riddy - ready
roven - #torn

sconce - seat or bench
scumfished - suffocated
skrike - to shriek, screech
sladder - to spill
sladdery - muddy
slem - to work shoddily
smatched - bit burned, off-taste
sweal / sweadle - to waste away as candle in wind

taav - to wade in mud
towp / toitle - to upset
trod - footpath e.g. a green trod

yulley - whimpering