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Huddersfield dictionary: 26 words and phrases that mark you out as being from our town

Here's a list of popular Huddersfield words and sayings - feel free to get in touch and we'll add yours in

 

 

Yorkshire is well know for it's dialect, peculiar words and strange phrases.

Huddersfield has a fair few of its own.

We've collected up some of our favourites - but make sure you get in touch and tell us any you think we've missed!

 

1) Good on you - term of congratulation for a job well done or a stroke of luck

Huddersfield version: Ey da laddie/Eladdy

Usage: Eladdy, you've only gone and won promotion at Wembley!

 

2) What's going on here - questioning of a particular situation

Huddersfield version: Nar then

Usage: Nar then, who this shekkin mi 'and?

 

3) Goodbye - a term used to bid farewell

Huddersfield version: Sithee

Usage: That's me been a walk round Castle Hill - I'll sithee

 

4) Worried - when one has something on one's mind

Huddersfield version: Pottered

Usage: I'm right pottered about getting to the Monday Market

 

5) Only - no more than

Huddersfield version: Nobbut

Usage: You said the bloke who clouted you was seven foot tall - he wa' nobbut a lad

 

6) Bothering - to give trouble, annoy or pester

Huddersfield version: Mithering

Usage: Eeh, we were at big Asda and at t' checkout our Katie wouldn't stop mithering me

 

7) Crying - to utter inarticulate sounds, especially of lamentation, grief, or suffering, usually with tears

Huddersfield version: Mewling

Usage: Well our Katie kept mithering me and I told her no so she started mewling in t' middle of shop

 

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8) Perhaps - Maybe or possibly

Huddersfield version: 'Appen

Usage: 'Appen that woman's bairn that's mewling has been badly brung up

 

9) Hello - term of greeting

Huddersfield version: 'Ey up

Usage: 'ey up, I've not seen thee for ages

 

10) Food -  nourishing substance that is eaten to sustain life, provide energy and promote growth

Huddersfield version: Snap

Usage: He'll have to go hungry for t' afternoon - his missus has forgot to do him some snap

 

11) Sweets - confectionery with a high sugar content

Huddersfield version: Spogs

Usage: 'Appen he was mewling 'til his mum gave him some spogs

 

12) Chewing gum - a sweetened and flavored preparation for chewing

Huddersfield version: Chuddy

Usage: Don't swallow that chuddy, it'll end up in a massive ball in your stomach and you'll have to go to hospital

 

13) Messing about - not proceeding in the most efficient manner in a given situation

Huddersfield version: Faffing

Usage: I told him to stop faffing about with that chuddy and get it swallowed

Good luck fettling this
 

 

14) Fix - to put into good or working order

Huddersfield version: Fettle

Usage: When my straighteners packed up I was potted, but Paul reckons he can fettle 'em

 

15) Cleaning - to remove dirt or grime

Huddersfield version: Bottoming

Usage: I thought I had fleas when I came out of there, it needs a good bottoming

 

16) Playing - partaking in physical recreation

Huddersfield version: Laikin'

Usage: His mum says he's not laikin' out 'cos he guzzled his dad's spogs

 

17) Scraps - pieces of batter normally obtained free of charge from the chip shop

Huddersfield version: Bits

Usage: Nar then, some Barnsley lad reckons bits are called scraps!

Where's my bits?
 

 

18) Sort yourself out - improve your current situation ASAP

Huddersfield version: Frame yourself

Usage: She said 'frame yourself' then chucked me out - all because I hadn't done bottoming

 

19) Work/working to fill something in* - to begin or complete a project of some length

Huddersfield version: Weft

Usage: Get some weft done

*There was a variety of opinions of what this meant with slightly differing interpretations within our test group

 

20) Drunk - in a state of alcoholic excess

Huddersfield version: Kaylied

Usage: He was proper kaylied. He found his trousers on Harold in St George's Square the morning after

 

21) Moody - given to being gloomy or sullen on a regular basis for no reason

Huddersfield version: Maungy

Usage: He's a maungy bugger!

 

22) Raining heavily - water, condensed from the aqueous vapor in the atmosphere, that falls to earth in drops in large volumes

Huddersfield version: Siling it down

Usage: Me mum says I can't laik footy cos it's siling it down

 

 

 

23) Crying and screaming - to be in a state of advanced upset

Huddersfield version: Skriking

Usage: Remember that bairn in t' big Asda? After she finished mewling she started skriking - I got my spogs and left

 

24) Liquorice - the dried root of the perennial Mediterranean leguminous shrub Glycyrrhiza glabra or confectionery flavoured similarly

Huddersfield version: Spanish

Usage: What spogs did you get before you left? Spanish?

 

25) Idiot - a foolish or senseless person

Huddersfield version: Wazzock

Usage: What a wazzock! He's soaked - he went out when it was siling it down!

 

26) Spectacles - lenses, held in place by a frame, and then hooked over the ears to help to improve vision

Huddersfield version: Gems

Usage: Where did he get them gems? He looks like Deidre Barlow

 

Got a word or phrase we've missed? You can get in touch by leaving a comment below, tweeting us @examiner, messaging us on Facebook or emailing fiona.lumb@examiner.co.uk

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