shop, a grocer's shop.
A farrantly bargain, a decent bargain, a good bargain.
A grooin' tree, a growing
A layrock tootin' eawt
for day, a skylark peeping out for the dawn of morning.
A mettled cowt, a spirited colt.
A warse un, a worse
An brut his wings at
th' end ov o, and burn his wings at the end of all.
At neet abeawt a leet,
at night about a light.
Aw deawt, I doubt, I think, I surmise.
Aw'll keawer mo deawn till
baggin' time, I will sit me down till the afternoon meal-time.
Aw roos't her, I praised
Babs, babies, pictures.
Baggin', the afternoon meal.
Baggin-time, tea-time, or time of
the afternoon meal.
by the mass, an expression brought down from Catholic times.
Bi'th mon, by the man, an ancient
allusion to the Saviour of mankind.
Bi'th side of an odd cup o' tay,
by the side of a lonely cup of tea.
a bank of land, a gentle slope.
resting-places, generally applied to the stalls of cattle-shed.
Caps the dule, beats
the devil, or excels the devil.
to chirp, to hint at, to allude to slyly.
Cheepin' layrocks, chirruping
Clemmin, starving for want of food.
Cloof, clough, glen.
a lump of coal.
Conk, a chat.
cram-full of antiquarian lore.
o' deein', hint at dying.
Cranky an sore,
rusty and shaky, and painful.
ill-conditioned, shakely-held together.
Cuts, a name for a weaver's piece,
or web of cloth.
Dad me, help me by the hand, as a
"dad," or father does a little child in its first efforts to walk.
Dainty rindles, pretty
rills of singing water.
Deawn i' th' greawnd, down in
act "upon the square."
Doff me, do off for me,
or take off my clothes for me.
Don, to do on, to put on.
Donned his clinker't shoon,
put on his strong shoes, nailed with great nails known by the name of
Eawl-leet, twilight, when owls begin
Fairy-greawnd, enchanted ground.
Feeorin', frightening, things that frighten.
Fends, provides, works for.
Fent, a part or fragment of the web of
Fettle my yore,
put my hair to rights.
Fither-deawn, the down of feathers.
Flaysome wark, fearful work.
Fotch my brid, fetch my bird.
Fuut it leet an' limber,
foot it light and nimble.
Gan 'em silk,
given them silk, thrashed them finely, thoroughly.
road, path, way.
wi' thi deein', get forward with thy dying.
Get summat to heyt, get
somewhat to eat.
Good lorjus days, Good
lord of our days.
Gradely donned, properly
Groo breet, grow bright.
Grooin' cowd, growing cold.
cultivating the polyanthus.
guinea gold, or gold without alloy.
Haliday gam, holiday game, holiday fun.
him up weel, lapped, or folded him up well.
Heaw doesto feel? How dost
He cool't eawt o'th
world, an' his e'en lost their leet, he cooled out of this
world,—he died,—and his eyes lost their light.
He turn't his-sel' oe'r, like a chylt
tir't wi' play, he turned himself over, like a child tired with
aw'll put summat moor on, he is cold; I will put something
more, or more clothing, upon him.
He's gettin' in wi' th' quality,
he is becoming acquainted with people in high life.
He's sellin' milk, an allusion
to Garibaldi's farming in the island of Caprera.
Hob, a ledge, close to the fire-grate.
Hoo gi's him brass
aboon his share, she gives him more money than his share.
Hoo 'll, she'll, she will.
Hoo's bin a widow lung enoo,
she has been a widow long enough.
Hoo's reet, she's right.
Houds up his yed, holds up his head.
Hutch, to twitch, to shrug, to
wriggle the body uneasily.
Hutchin fain, fidgetting glad.
I fain could yer him play,
I gladly could listen to his playing.
I see'd a thowtful, I
saw a thoughtful.
If it coom in his yed,
if it came into his head, or, if he chanced to think of it.
If yon root amung th' swathe,
yo'n find doctors an' o', if you will examine the swathe left by
the scythe of death, you will find that even those whose business it is to
save the lives of others, die, like the rest.
I'll wear a creawn,
I'll spend five shillings.
It mays little odds, for they both
han to goo, it makes little difference, for they both have to go.
I'th deeod time o'th neet,
in the dead, or silent, time of the night.
I'th meawt, in the moult,
I'th name o' good Katty,
an ancient saying, "In the name of good St. Catharine."
I'th Owler dale, in the
dale of the Owler trees.
Keawer, to sit, to rest in a
Keawrin', sitting, crouching.
Lammas, to run away.
Last neet I laft the city
thrung, last night I left the city throng.
Leawngin' i'th fowd, lounging
in the fold.
Leet, light, to
alight upon, to meet with.
Limber, lithe, active.
Like foot-bo's in a pastur',
like footballs in a field.
Limber as a snig, nimble as an eel.
Little brids, little
birds, little children.
Liven, do live.
Maisters o' lond, masters of
Maks, makes, shapes, kinds.
Marlockin' schoo', a
Maunderin', wandering aimlessly, dreamily.
Meawse-nooks, secret places.
Missed his tip, missed his aim,
Moor sense than prouder folk,
more sense than prowder people.
Moufin in a cleawt, muffin in a clout, or kerchief, or
Noan so weel, not very well.
Nobbut, nought but, only.
Nobbut one, nought but one, only
Nudgin', elbowing, jogging, pushing.
O' wur no use, all was no use.
Oft leeten, oft light upon.
Oitch body, each body, each
Olez oather, always either.
Ov owd, of old.
Owd mon, old man, a friendly phrase,
applied to both old and young.
Pass a faut, forgives a fault, or an
Peawtin' an' fratchin',
pouting and quarrelling.
Pendle Forest was notoriously associated with the old witch superstitions
Pikein', picking, choosing.
Pickin-rod, the straight wooden rod
with which hand-loom weavers pick, or throw the shuttle.
Poo up, pull up.
Porritch-pons, porridge pans.
Porritch thible, a
piece of wood to stir boiling porridge with.
Potter's abeawt, fumbled, or
Powler't, jolted, knocked to
Prattist, prettiest, most
Puts eawt er leet,
puts out our light.
Reech, a smoke.
Reet anent aw geet a glent,
right a-head I got a glimpse.
Reet weel, right well.
Rindlin' weet, a little
wandering, musical rill.
Rive me i' teaw, tear me
Roman haw pennies,
Roman half-pennies, Roman coins.
Ronk, rank, abundant.
lot, collection number.
Roots i'th stars,
a rousing frolic.
Should never awse,
should never attempt.
Sidin' folk eawt o' seet,
putting people aside, out of sight.
slit, or loophole.
a broken, or slightly-scattered cloud.
an old-fashioned wooden latch.
it be, so might it be.
Stoode bare-yedded reawnd,
stood bare-headed around.
Swappin' his cowt for gowd,
exchanging or selling his colt for gold.
Swilk, to make a noise inside,
like a half-filled barrel, when shaken.
preitchen, taken to preaching, become a preacher.
minding, taking care of.
Joe, take care of our Joe.
schoo', teaches in a Sunday school.
Th' leet has laft thi e'e,
the light has left thine eye.
lung-length, the long length, the end.
Th' mornin' side, the east side, the side from which morning
Th' owd crayter's laid by,
the old creature is laid aside. The words "owd crayter," are commonly used
as a phrase of affection.
Th' owd mower's at wark,
the old mower,—death,—is at work.
Th' tremblin' streng, the
Th' yure abeawt his monly broo,
the hair about his manly brow.
Th' wayter in his een, the water in his eyes.
Th' welkin, the sky.
Th' wynt, the wind, the breath.
Th' leet o' thi e'en,
the light of thine eyes.
Thae's yerd o'
Clinker lad, thou hast heard of Clinker's lad.
That's not mich to crack o',
that's not much to talk of, or to wonder at.
The mon that's larn't-up, an' the mon that's a foo, the man
that is learned-up to the height of possibility, or, that knows
everything,—and the man that is a fool.
There's nought on me laft, lass,—do
o' at tho con,—there's nothing of me left, lass,—do all that thou
These moor-end lads, hoo turns their yeds, she is turning
the heads of these lads who live at the edges of the wild moors.
They groon as
breet again, they become twice as bright.
They're cowd i'th
heart, an' crampt i'th hond, they are cold in the heart,
and cramped in the hand.
Thinks o'll leet, thinks
everything will light or befall.
Till dayleet stirs
i'th sky, till the dawning of the day.
To fo' eawt, to fall out, to quarrel.
To raise new clooas for
Ayster, to raise new clothes for Easter. Country people in
Lancashire generally make a superstitious struggle to wear some kind of
new clothing on Easter Sunday.
T'other mays some marlocks, the other makes some frolics.
To toar on bi her-sel', to
drag on wearily by herself, or, alone.
th' fuut, to the foot.
Toe fair, toe the mark fairly.
Tone fro tother, the
one from the other.
peeps about, searches.
Toppin', the hair on the front
of the head.
Tots, little drinking vessels.
Upo' th' oon,
upon the oven.
Very leet need,
very light need, very little need.
Waitin' lounger wouldno do,
it would not do to wait any longer.
Wakin' time, the time when workmen
begin to work by candle-light.
water wandering musically.
We ne'er had no
doctor; he dee'd of his-sel', we never had any doctor to him;
he died of himself, or, without the aid of medicine.
Wheer I leet,
alight, drop upon.
Welly blynt, well-nigh blind."
"We're 'o Johnny
Butter'oth lads"—a common saying in Lancashire, meaning
that we are all God Almighty's children.
We's ha' to sign o'er, an' be
gone, we shall have to consign, hand over our worldly affairs,
and be gone.
When t'one's bin
strivin' o' he con, when the one has been striving all he
When th' layrock's finished his wark aboon, when the lark has
finished his work above.
When tone has laft his feast,
An' tother done his crust. When the one has left his feast,
And the other done his crust.
thatch on his nob, the white hair of his head.
Wick an' warm at work an' fun,
lively and earnest at work and fun.
Wi'th wayter i' my e'en,
with the water in mine eyes.
Wrang i'th yed, wrong in the head,
Yammer, to make an
eager noise with the jaws, like hungry children at meal-time.
Yonderly, absent-minded, thinking far away.