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Re: Slang

PostedCOLON Wed 10 Jan, 2018 10:07 am
by Steve Jones
When I first moved here over 30 years ago,I sometimes heard the word "Doilum" as in "He's a reight doilum" meaning thick or stupid.I was told it was from around Kippax.

Re: Slang

PostedCOLON Wed 10 Jan, 2018 10:29 am
by jim
In the 1950s/60s I often heard the same word round South Leeds, but pronounced "doylem" Steve.

Re: Slang

PostedCOLON Wed 10 Jan, 2018 2:03 pm
by volvojack
jim. Down 'yer in Gloucester and Zummerset theym be called a "Gert Lummox

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only difference is Gert means Great and i should think a Great Doylem in South leeds could be scary, (This species could be hanging around the side of the Tommy Wass Pub

Re: Slang

PostedCOLON Thu 11 Jan, 2018 8:40 am
by volvojack
The Emporium Insurance Company are using the word "Cushty" in the context of being easy / comfortable in the T.V. Advert showing at the moment.

Re: Slang

PostedCOLON Thu 11 Jan, 2018 9:25 am
by tyke bhoy
Steve Jones wroteColonWhen I first moved here over 30 years ago,I sometimes heard the word "Doilum" as in "He's a reight doilum" meaning thick or stupid.I was told it was from around Kippax.

I'm pretty certain like Jim I heard it around South Leeds but I certainly came across it in Moortown in the 70s. I have often wondered if it was anything to do with the Dail (pronounced doyle) one of the chambers of the Irish parliament.

Re: Slang

PostedCOLON Thu 11 Jan, 2018 11:37 am
by Steve Jones
online dictionaries mention Doylem as a JewishYiddish word for stupid, which is interesting.Lots mention it as North Eastern so not just a Yorkshire term it would appear.

Re: Slang

PostedCOLON Thu 11 Jan, 2018 3:09 pm
by tilly
There was a big Jewish influx around North Street many years ago i wonder if that is were it was picked up from in the Leeds area.Doylum was used a lot in the Hunslet area when was bread snapper.

Re: Slang

PostedCOLON Thu 11 Jan, 2018 5:26 pm
by volvojack
[quote="Steve Jones"]online dictionaries mention Doylem as a JewishYiddish word for stupid, which is interesting.Lots mention it as North Eastern so not just a Yorkshire term it would appear.

I worked down North Street from the late 1950s into the early 60s and not only were lots of our customers Jewish but just about every Trade, retail or not were Yiddish. i not only picked up an education about life but also learned some Jewish slang words on the way.
One word that is a credit to the Ayran Race is that anything being described as definately "Kosher" means it is certainly O.K.
Some Slang words i did pick up were

Meshuganah....... Crazy.
Gannuf......... Thief.
Drek........ Cheap quality.
Schlep....... Drag or lift a heavy weight.
Tochus...... Persons backside.


Shicksa ,,,,,,,,,, Non Jewish Female
Shmeckle...... Penis.
Momzer........... A Sly Bastard.
Gornish.......... Whatever it is it cheap for whatever price the Person is asking.
A "Bok"............ you put the mockers or bad luck on everything

Am guessing at most of the spelling

Re: Slang

PostedCOLON Fri 12 Jan, 2018 8:20 pm
by tilly
Staying with the Jewish populace my mum used to say when she was young most of there houses had a sewing machine that was on the go none stop .A lot of them finished up with there own tailoring businesses they came with nothing and did well for themselves good luck to them i say.

Re: Slang

PostedCOLON Thu 18 Jan, 2018 2:53 pm
by volvojack
An Expression which was used mainly in Leeds Districts 8.9.10. 11. 12. 13. 14. was "Pan Crack" referring to being Unemployed and receiving Dole or what is now referred to as Social Security / Benefit etc.
Whilst i do not wish to infer that Folks living in those areas were Benefit Cheats or Lazy just that it was a sad fact that quite a lot of people once they were out of work relied on a Handout. Once getting it Then a Cooked meal was a Luxury. Hence the Frying Pan Crackling on the Stove.








Just wish to add in case anyone thinks i am singling out these areas in any way for a Personal reason may i add that both sets of Grandparents were Born, raised, Lived in Leeds 9. Richmond Hill area and in later years they lived in the then New Leeds 9. My Parents raised us in Leeds 9. and it was not until my Father died in !948 that We moved to Beeston 11. There my brother and I met and married Local girls.
My Pals were mainly Beestonites but our Social time was always York Rd.Pubs or East St area. Only other one i used Regularly was the Beech on Tong Rd. 13.