Dialect/slang

The origins and history of placenames, nicknames, local slang, etc.
stutterdog
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Postby stutterdog » Sun 23 Sep, 2012 9:01 pm

Loiner in Cyprus wrote:
stutterdog wrote:
majorhoundii wrote:
jdbythesea wrote:
Phallica2000 wrote:
stevief wrote:
I think the expression 'to laik'is more predominant in Bradford than Leeds.I've worked with blokes from all over Yorkshire and dialects can vary from one town to the next.The first time I came across 'laik'
was visiting an old mate who'd married a Bradford lass.When I
called(not ca'l'ed)his wife told me he'd gone to watch city laik and I thought it was a place!


I've never heard of this one before, is it in any specific areas of Leeds, do you know?


I too often use laik to mean play.
Back in the 70s (3 day week era) many Leeds factories - especially those in the tailoring and textile industries - were put on short time working or "laid off". Often you'd hear someone asking "are you working or laiking this week ?". It was used a lot in the Guiseley and Yeadon areas.
JD

Laik, like many other Yorkshire dialect words (barn for child say) is based on Norse. The Danish word for game/play is "leg" and Leggo is from the same root.
http://www.viking.no/e/england/e-yorkshire_norse.htm

My Dad worked down the pit at Shawcross and if he didn't go in on Mon.he would say he was laiking=playing!


In the 60s I worked at Miggy pit and there you would also say you were laiking if you took a day off.

My Dad worked there too,in the 50's! He left mining when it changed from NCB to British Coal.His lungs was knackered by then and he died in '66 age 59.
ex-Armley lad
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Postby somme1916 » Wed 03 Oct, 2012 1:23 am

Just love this old one....."tapped in't'ead".....or,tapped in the head.Not heard much nowadays but fairly common 30/40 years ago !

Can't beat the old ones..
        
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Postby Si » Wed 03 Oct, 2012 10:06 am

If someone was not quite with it, they were doolally tap.
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Postby somme1916 » Wed 03 Oct, 2012 10:57 am

Si wrote:
If someone was not quite with it, they were doolally tap.


Yes Si,very familiar with that also.Our old works manager was called "chuffer".....he was always chuffin this and chuffin that !
        
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Postby Johnny39 » Wed 03 Oct, 2012 11:42 am

Si wrote:
If someone was not quite with it, they were doolally tap.


Hi Si, doolaly tap is an expression from the days of empire. Deolali was a British Army transit camp in India, very hot and very boring for the troops waiting for transfer. Just a bit of trivia.
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Postby Si » Wed 03 Oct, 2012 12:25 pm

Thanks Johnny. I wondered where the word came from.
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Postby somme1916 » Fri 05 Oct, 2012 9:33 am

Apologies if this has been mentioned in this thread previously,but there's a lot to trawl through !
I just took the black bin out for (hopefully) emptying today and had a quick chat with an old lad down the street.I enquired how he was to which he simply replied "Champion"....I love the use of this word in that context.
        
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Postby jdbythesea » Fri 05 Oct, 2012 10:23 am

Just got back from a bracing walk to the paper shop. The weather is definitely "Backendish" today.

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Postby somme1916 » Fri 05 Oct, 2012 10:29 am

jdbythesea wrote:
Just got back from a bracing walk to the paper shop. The weather is definitely "Backendish" today.

Yes jd,a bit "nithering" !
        
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Postby jim » Fri 05 Oct, 2012 12:23 pm

Think it might tek up and rain.

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