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Villagers: 750 Years Of Life In An English Village



G - Q

Gamgy  large village in west Cambridgeshire, oddly invisible to compilers of county guides

Germ-knee  European country

Give  gave, e.g. ‘ee give up his bidder ground c’z thut were fuller weeds’    

Gid  obtain, e.g. ‘gid orff’

Glew  adhesive, e.g. ‘th'oll ground's like glew arter thut rain'

God  have possession of, e.g. ‘om god flew’

Godmanchister  Roman town in Cambridgeshire

Goo  energy, e.g. ‘aint got n’goo in me’

Goo  depart, leave

Goo it!  a phrase used to encourage someone to do something

Goo to sea  an exclamation, e.g. ‘wull I goo to sea!’

Gorn  no longer here

Gorn wollop!  expression signifying that the market has suddenly declined for a particular market garden product, e.g. ‘sullery’s gorn wollop!’

Graadge-lee  slowly, in stages

Graansd’n  either of two neighburing villages

Gran Pee-anna  keyboard instrument standing on three legs

Gret  large

Grey Teeth  large area of land in the south-west of the parish

Griller  a large ape

Ground  market garden

Gull  young female

Gullen  measure containing eight pints

Gullerpin  running at pace

Gullery  building where paintings and sculptures are exhibited

Gullivaantin  roaming around in search of pleasure

Gullixy  a chocolate bar, e.g. ‘oliver gullixy anna maars’


Hevvent  have not, e.g. 'hevvent chew?'


Iggzaacked  precise

Iggzawst  to tire out

Inclewdid  contained within e.g. ‘vullyew added taax inclewdid’

Injun  internal combustion engine e.g. ‘a nunderd antwenny oss power injun’

Injure  Asian country

Institewt  building in Waresley Road, e.g. 'add our annerversry dew at the Institewt'

Inter-leck-chew-all  anyone who reads a book

Intire  complete, e.g. ‘Om read the intire Chroniggle an there's nayink in it'

Intullerjint  having a high IQ, e.g. ‘ease not p’tickly intullerjint’

Invaarer-mental  relating to external conditions or surroundings, e.g. ‘them sulf-appointed invaarer-mental f’k giddon yer wick’  

Istry  study of the past

Ixplane  to make comprehensible, e.g. ‘thut ixplanes it!’

Ixzert  make a strenuous effort


Jappknees  citizens of a far eastern country

Jarnt  excessively large; huge, e.g. ‘thus almost as big as a baby jarnt!’

Jenyewairey  first month of the year

Jenyewin  real or actual, e.g. ‘thusser jenyewin Pickasser’

Jew  lit. ‘do you?’, e.g. ‘jew warner bidder baaatenberg cake f'yer tea?’

Jewberlee  a pointless celebration of the passage of a number of years

Jewce  petroleum spirit, e.g. ‘mole arftruck’s yewsing a bidder jewce’

Jewel two, having a double purpose, e.g.

'we driv on a jewel caaridgeway'

Jewlian  male Christian name

Jewlie  seventh month of the year

Jewn  six month of the year

Jewnyer  lower in rank; younger, e.g. ‘mole boy’s in jewnyer school’

Jinnyren  dimuntive bird

Jist  almost or nearly, e.g. ‘enny jist god ear’

Jistly  rightly, e.g. ‘aint jistly sure when it wore’

Joanne S’bastyin Bark  German baroque composer

Job  a difficult task

Jully  a preserve made from the juice of a fruit, e.g. ‘I  dew luvver bidder blaack brie a napple jully’

Jullus  envious


Keir to be concerned or interested, e.g. ‘doan keir was made to keir’

Kenya  a direct question, e.g. ‘kenya tullus the time mole duck?’

Ketch  small two-masted sailing boat; to capture or seize, e.g. ‘you wunt ketch me onner ketch!’



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Kew brute  a number that when multiplied three times equals a given number

Kibble  halt or limp, e.g. ‘twisted me yankle, so I c’n enny kibble about’

Kneeleckshun  a vote to select the winner of a position or political office

Kneemail  electronic communication from one computer to another, e.g. ‘send us a kneemail’


Larm  a warning of danger

Larn  large predatory cat from India and Africa

Lastick  stretchy; a rubber band

Lecktrick  a form of energy, e.g. ‘weir godder lectrick warder eater’

Levven  number after ten

Lewd Tenant  a rank in the services

Lewssen  to untie or make less tight

Lewt  stringed instrument

Lewton  town in Bedfordshire, formerly the centre of the straw hat trade

Lewz  to be unsuccessful in a contest; to mislay something, e.g. ‘yawd lewz yer ed if it warnt screewed on’

Liddle  a small amount or thing, e.g. ‘thus a priddy liddle d’g’

L’ng  extending beyond an average or standard

L’ng Taaled Tit  a small bird

Lorst  failed to win; unable to be found, e.g. ‘Gamgy lorst tew Ulmden on pennaltiz’

Lotm’nt  small rented piece of cultivated land

Lotree  national sweepstake

Lowisstawft  seaside resort in Suffolk


Maaassey  a tractor

Mad  lit. ‘I have had’, e.g. ‘mad enougher yew’

Manchister  city in the north west of England

Marl  a measure of distance

Marled  moderate; not extreme, e.g. ‘gizzer marled an bidder’

Marls  beyond a comfortable walking distance

Marn  belonging to me

Medder  an area of enclosed grassland

Meddysin  treatment to alleviate or prevent symptoms of disease

Merry kin  from North America

Mewn  eighteenth century folly near Drove Road; in a listless manner, e.g. ‘yew gonner mewn about all day l’ng?’

Mewzick  artform consisting of the arrangement of sounds in time

Mick-annick  someone skilled in maintaining and repairing machinery

Minks  the surname Meeks

M'man  title, often used when addressing a young boy, e.g. 'football's orler bout momentum m'man'

Mole bewdy  term of endearment

Mole duck  term of endearment, e.g. ‘wossup mole duck?’

Money  one is merely, e.g. 'money ear fer the beer'

More-gidge  a loan, usually for a house, repayable over a long term of years, e.g. ‘this ear more-gidge’ll never be paid orff’  

More-ren  a water bird

Morph  one is leaving

Mow-der  a vehicle, or a vehicle’s engine

Mowed-zaart  Austrian composer, e.g. ‘weir jist bought summer them chocklit Mowed-zaart balls’

Mulb’n  a large Cambridgeshire village; city in Australia

Muller  easy-going; soft; gentle

Mullerdrama  a play or film with extravagent emotion and action

Mullerdy  a tune

Mullis  evil intent

Mult  become liquified by heat, e.g. 'snuffter mult yer innear'

Mussen grumble  standard reply to the question ‘our yew?’

Muster  employer, usually a farmer

Musterdun  ought to, should have, or probably did, e.g. ‘I never brook it, so yew musterdun’


Ns  poultry

Nashnullelf  the National Health Service

Nashnullidy  the status of belonging to a particular nation

Nayfen  male Christian name

Nayink  something that has no existence, e.g. ‘thus nayink ter dew with me’

N’bdee  no-one; an insignificant person

Nemmind  an expression of (often feigned) concern or condolence, e.g. 'still, nemmind day?'

’nkle  mother or father’s brother, or the husband of an aunt; also a greeting, e.g. ‘Eye up, ‘nkle’


Nod  in no way, e.g. ‘nod if I c’n nellpit’

Node-iss  advertisement, e.g. ‘sorer node-iss in the co-awp’

Nully  female Christian name

Nuss  a carer of the sick, e.g. 'yewce ter be fritter Nuss Pepper when I wore y'ng'


Oba  woodwind instrument

Ockerd  see Orkerd

Of Goddit!  I understand

Oh  an implement with a metal blade on the end of a long wooden handle, used to eradicate weeds

Oll  in existence for many years, e.g. ‘enny godden oll payer of trowziz’

Oller  to shout; having a space within

Ollywood  East Lane, the Cinques

Olt  a town in north Norfolk, e.g. ‘Olt - ’oo goos there?’

Om I have or I am, e.g. ‘Om a-cummen, mole bewdy’

Omlit  beaten eggs cooked in fat

On  of, e.g. ‘some on em ev, some on em hevvent’

’oof  uncoordinated person, e.g. ‘yew clumsy gret ‘oof!’

’oogey  in a bad mood, e.g. ‘say nayink, ease ’oogey!’

’ook  species of tree; curved piece of metal for hanging things from, e.g. ‘take yer ook!’

Oover  finished

Oppin On  growing quickly, e.g. 'them cawjits are oppin on'

Ordergraaf  a person's signature, esp one considered to be a collector's item

Orff  to go away; also a German composer, e.g. ‘om gorn orff Orff’s ‘Calm in a Bew-rarner’’

Orkerd  upset or angry; difficult to handle or manage, e.g. ‘Yaw jist being orkerd fer the saker being orkerd’

Orphan  frequently

Orphan On  intermittently

Orse spittle  institution for the care of the sick

Orsetrailyer  continent between the Indian and Pacific oceans

Orstria  central European country


Paarer dice  heaven; nirvana

Pagger Knee-knee  Italian violinist and composer

Parky-staaan  country in the sub-continent

Parl  to put into a heap

Parls  hemorrhoids, e.g. 'carn siddown, me parls are givin me gyp'

Parlit  a person who flies an aeroplane

Parlour  lots of, e.g. ‘ease godder parlour money’

Paatch  not worthy of comparison, e.g. ‘Podden ainer paatch on Gamgy’

Payer  two of anything, e.g. ‘Om god free kings anner payer o’ dewces’

Pee-anna  keyboard instrument

Peeda  a male Christian name

Peedaburrer  cathedral city in north west Cambridgeshire

Penshner  someone in receipt of an old age allowance

Pewcheenee  Italian operatic composer

Phoney  an expression of regret, e.g. ‘phoney I ent got married I’d be wull orff now’

Pillar  a type of cushion for the head

P’kewlyer  odd, strange

Plan-t  seedling, e.g. ‘bin plarntin plan-ts all day l’ng’

Plittickle  of or involving poltics, e.g ‘carn stick them partly plittickle broadcaasts’

Podden  small Bedfordshire market town; see Paatch above

Pollerticians  people elected to run local or national government, e.g. ‘we ainters stewpid as pollerticians fink, although sumdy muster voded Libral Demmercraat’

Poplar  well-liked

Praarl  (prial - from pair-royal) Three of a kind in cards, e.g. 'a praarl 'o freeze'

Praises-er-sake  an invocation or warning, e.g. ‘praises-er-sake be caarful, man!’

Priddy  good-looking, attractive

Proggle  to wriggle out or poke, e.g. ‘proggled the drain wivver stick’

P’tickly  to a distictly greater extent

Pud  to place in a specific location, e.g. ‘weir didder pud the Daily Tullygraaf?'

Pulliss  a well-maintained dwelling

Pullisstreener  Italian Renaissance composer

Pullyken  species of bird with a long beak

Push-oh  agricultural implement with adjustable blades and one or two wheels that can be pushed by means of handles; used for hoeing market garden crops


Quaart  not noisy; peaceful

Quickside  the Cinques crossroads

Quollidy  high standard of excellence