A bit of Yorkshire nonsense!


Yorkshire’s full of peculiar sayings, often vulgar and commonly uncouth.
Here’s a few I recall and remember from my diminishing Yorkshire youth!

Woe betide any unwary visitors who left the back door ajar.
“Dust tha live in a field?”, “Put t’wood in th’oil”, and “Oy, was tha born in a barn?”

If ever I was over extravagant or wanted more than was my lot,
I’d be duly reprimanded….”Wot d’ya think you’re on? Ya’ father’s yacht?”

Heaven forbid you should block out a view, stand in’t way or any such hinder
“Gerrout t’a way ya lummox, ya mek a better door than a winda !”

If I’d gone to meet a friend but lost the time “T’areet old cock ?”
“Tha’s late! Tha’s left me standing ‘ere like piffy on a rock”

When enquiring how your neighbour was, you’d ask “‘Ow ‘as tha diddlin’?”
“Champion” he’d say or “Very Fair” or sometimes “Nobbut middlin.”

We held our friends in high regard, our friendships were fulfilling
But we all knew, as good friends do that “Ee’s nobbut nine pence t’shillin’ !”

“They’re all mad, bar me an thee, an’ tha’s a bit daft tha noas”
Benevolent banter between best friends to keep them on their toes.

“If it wan’t for thi booits tha’d flooat”and “As leet as a posser’s ‘ed”
Genial terms for a nincompoop, a twerp or a muttonhead.

There’s many more colloquial phrases, irrepressible Yorkshire rapport.
So I’ll “si’ thi” as my tale is ending and leave you to think of some more!

About the author

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Ex Thomas Cook manager, now retired, love travelling, reading, dining out and drinking wine!

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19th Dec 2020
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Love the Christmas memories poem "he's been" hahaha.
Being a Yorkshire lass I could translate the dialect 🙂
25th Nov 2020
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Read this a couple of times to really get into the lingo. Great poem, enjoyed the humour.

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