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Villagers: 750 Years Of Life In An English Village



R - Z

Raahl  to upset

Raahn  Male Christian name

Rack-man in-orff  Russian composer and pianist

Ravvel  French composer

Reddish  fleshy, pungent root crop

Resslin’th  a village in Bedfordshire

Restrawnt  a dining establishment

Retard  no longer working

Reuwinned  spoiled or destroyed, esp. of a crop, e.g. ‘thut ale reuwinned me be-trewt’

Rewbub  edible garden plant

Rewd  coarse, uncouth

Rewm  space, e.g. ‘maker bidder rewm fruss’

Rewt  part of plant below ground; a means of reaching a destination

Ritson  the surname Richardson

R’ng  incorrect; past tense of verb ‘to ring’, e.g. ‘Om r’ng the blusted bul but there’s n’bdee a-t’m’

Roar-in  crying

Rode-a-Vader motorised cultivator with rotating blades

Rubbish  weeds in a crop

Rullish   a type of sauce, e.g. 'Fraard eggs need Yorksher rullish'

Rullygaytid  demoted

Rullyin  a motorsport

Ruttle-arse  a fidget


S'jist  to express a thought

Saarnce  the systematic study of nature and the universe

Saarntist  an expert in science

Satdee  the day after Friday

Saul gorn  there's nothing left

Sawft  yielding to the touch; dopey e.g. ‘yaw sawft in the ed’

Sayink  an undetermined or unspecified thing, e.g. ‘I know yaw bin uppter sayink’

Scuffle-oh  a Dutch hoe

Screwed-inny  close observation

Scribblin Lark  the Yellowhammer, also called Yellow Bunting; from the squiggly markings on its eggs

Seckerterry  a person who does clerical work for a business or organisation, e.g. ‘ooze Ohm Seckerterry now?’ 

Semitree  a burial ground

Senny  only, e.g. ’senny free quid’

Sepped  other than, e.g. ‘yewken ev orl onnem sepped thut one’

Serjist  propose or prompt

Sersaarty  a formal association of people with similar interests, e.g. ‘Gamgy an Districked Istry Sersaarty’

Serstiffic't  official document

Sewper-glew  an adhesive, e.g. 'om sewper-glewed me fingers togither'

Sewper seeded  outmoded

Sewzun  female Christian name

Shadder  dark shape cast by light rays on an opaque body

Sheews  footwear

Shell  something that will take place in the future, e.g. ‘shell I tull yew a thingertew?’

Share-in-em  town on the north Norfolk coast

Shewb’t  Austrian composer

Shletter  must; have to, e.g. ‘shletter gidder a nair cut’

Shooky D’g  lane leading off Cinques Road

Showpaan  Polish-born pianist and composer

Shull  hard outer casing

Shuller  not deep; also ‘shall I?’ e.g. 'shuller or sharner?'

Shully  small wooden holiday home

Shulter  cover or protection, e.g. ‘yew bin angin round thut bus shulter agin?’

Shulves  flat rectangular pieces of wood or metal hung at right angles on a wall

Simla  city in India; almost alike

Singer dew  a strong affirmation, e.g. ‘cord, singer dew!’

Singer don’t  a strong negative, e.g.

‘cord, singer don’t!’

Sitch of the sort specified; for example

Sitchlike  of the same kind; similar

Skullert'n  internal bone structure

Slecked  specially chosen; superior

Slep  past tense of the verb to sleep, e.g. 'I slep liker log - w'k up in the far place'

S'lewshen  the answer to a problem

Slewt  a salutation in the military

Sly drool  instrument with engraved scales for making complex calculations

Smewth  having an even surface

Sment grey powder mixed with sand and water to form concrete

Sm’k  vapour resulting from burning organic material

Smull  fragrance or odour, e.g. ‘them sockser yawn smull like they’ve jist died’

Snaal  terrestrial mollusc, e.g. 'a snaal's  quickeren yew'

Snandrews  golf course in Scotland

Sneerts  a town in Cambridgeshire

Sneery nuff  it will do

Snives  a town in Cambridgeshire

Snotes  alternative name for Sneerts

Snuff  a suffiency, e.g. ‘snuff stuff ear, aint the?’

So l’ng  farewell

Sparl  to mar or damage

Specked  probable or likely, e.g. ‘specked thus me woss r'ng agin’

Specktackler  impressive or sensational

Spewn  utensil for eating or preparing food

Sp’k  conversed with, e.g. ‘ent sp’k tewwer fer rages’

Spull  the constituent letters of a word; words believed to have magic powers, e.g. 'ee carn spull N-A-Y-I-N-K proply'

S't  black deposit mainly consisting of carbon, formerly used as a fertiliser, e.g. 'om ser blaack c's om bin s't sowin agin'

Stahl  the form or appearance of something, e.g. ‘me jaackit’s godder bidder stahl abowd it’


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Stewpid  not very clever

Stiddy  firm, stable, e.g. ‘stiddy on ulse yawl spillit’

St'n  pebble or small piece of rock

St’ng  to be bitten by an insect,

e.g. ‘blusted worsp st’ng me on the backer me leg’

Street  Church Street in Gamlingay, e.g. ‘yer Dad’s gorn down the street’

Stroll about  exclamation of mild surprise, e.g. 'wull, stroll about!'

Stuff  any market garden produce, e.g. ‘stuff aint sullin’

Sulf  one’s own identity, e.g. ‘om sulf-imployed’

Sull  exchange for money

Sullerd  dish of cooked or raw vegetables and other ingredients usually served cold

Sullery  vegetable plant with blanched stem

Sully  female Christian name

Sullybrate  to mark an occasion or event with festivities and rejoicing

Swoller  migrant bird of summer

Swultrin  hot weather

Symmetry  burial ground


Tambreen  a percussion instrument

Tar  a rubber ring with an inner inflatable tube, placed over the rim of a wheel on a vehicle or bicycle

Tarred  worn out or sleepy, e.g. ‘Doctor Johnson reckoned when a man’s tarred o’ London, ease tarred o’ life’

Tawft  a village in Cambridgeshire

Termurrer  the day after today

Tewantwenny  the number 22

Tewber  large brass instrument

Tew-fake  an aching pain in or near a tooth

Tewn  a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence, e.g. ‘the mewn in Jewn’s a nice tewn’

Tewsdee  the day after Monday

The  they, e.g. ‘dunno weir the are'

Them  spouse or spouse's family, e.g.

'Jen an them are coming round Satdee'

Theyar  there; in or at that place, e.g. ‘I pud it oover theyar’

Threw  from beginning to end, e.g. ‘bin right threw the Chroniggle and aint found nayink to read yit’

Thus  that is, e.g. ‘thus it iggzaackly!’ 

Thut  that e.g. ‘is thut wotcher fink?’

Tibbles  the surname Theobalds

Tidy  a large amount or sum, e.g. ‘tidy mess yaw made’

T’m  indoors, at home

Tool  idiot; dimwit

Tore-lit  lavatory

Traffulgger  battle between English and French fleets in 1805

Tret  past tense of treat

Trew  factually correct

Trewth  veracity, e.g. ‘Om tulling yer the trewth’

Tud-dar  farewell

Tudor-lew  a 16th century toilet; a farewell

Tull  inform, relate

Tullent  ability, skill, aptitude

Tully  to correspond or agree

Tullygraaf  national daily newspaper

Tullyphone  instrument for transmitting speech

Tunnermunny  description of immense wealth, e.g. 'Ease godder tunnermunny'

Twulve  a dozen


Ulba  a Mediterranean island; joint between fore and upper arms, e.g. ‘yew dunno yerrarse from yer ulba’

Ulben  the surname Albone

Ulbert  male Christian name

Ulfrid  male Christian name 'I like them films be Ulfrid Ditchcock'

Ull  the nether world; Hades

Ullen  a male and a female Christian name, as well as a surname

Uller  female Christian name

Ullerf’nt  large pachyderm; clumsy person, e.g. ‘yaw liker clumsy gret ullerf’nt’

Ullerg’nt  refined, tasteful

Ullerqu’nt  expressing oneself in clear and fluent speech, e.g. ‘easern ullerqu’nt liddle bleeder, enny?’  

Ullick  male Christian name

Ullimentry  fundamental, basic

Ulliss  female Christian name; also the surname 'Ellis'

Ulligzarnder  male Christian name, e.g. ‘Ulligzarnder the Grade were enny a liddle chap’

Ullycobder  flying machine

Ullygayder  large reptile, e.g. 'see yer laid her, ullygayder!'

Ulm  species of tree, e.g. ‘we lorst orler ulms threw Dutch Ulm d’sease’

Ulse  besides, in addition, e.g. ‘wod ulse dew yer warnt?’

Ulsie  female Christian name

Ulterslee  a village in Cambridgeshire

Unstaanton  holiday resort in north Norfolk

Umbruller  collapsible, circular canopy mounted on a central pole

Untind’n  town in Cambridgeshire

Unyen  vegetable plant with pungent rounded edible bulb, e.g. ‘unyens gorn wollop!’

Unyewze-you-wall  out of the ordinary, unexpected

Us oneself, e.g. give us a fag, mole duck’

Utson  the surname Hutchinson


Vaarlin  stringed musical instrument

Varlet  springtime flower, e.g. ‘ee aint iggzaactly a shrinkin varlet’

Varl’nt  characterised by force or bloodshed


Vocab-yew-lairey  all the words of a language, e.g. ‘Om godder wide wossname... vocabyewlairey, thus it’

Vullike  in all probability, e.g. ‘year, vullike I shull’

Vullyew  monetary or material worth

Vulvit  smooth material, e.g. ‘Lizb'ff Taylor were in thut film ‘Blew Vulvit’


Waagtaal  a small black and white bird

Waarliss  the radio, e.g. ‘we allwus listen tew 'Jisterminnit' on the waarliss’

Waahzlee  small Cambridgeshire village

Wad  what, e.g. ‘wad are yew tew dewin in thut tullyphone box?’

Waddever  intensive form of what

Waddo  a greeting (informal)

Wahl  a period of time

Warder  clear, colourless, odorless and tasteless liquid, e.g. ‘I like warder - jist so l’ng azzit’s got a bidder whisky in it’

Warder-lew  London railway terminus

Warn  desire or like, e.g. 'jew warn a cupperetea?'

Warncher  require you, e.g. ‘warncher t’aarrer thut bidder ground om jist row-der-vaded’  

Warnt  was not, e.g. ‘thut warnt me wot dunnit’

Warnts  needs, e.g. ‘thut warnts twenny minutes to free a clock’

Was were you, e.g. ‘oh, was?’

Wawer a major conflict, e.g. ‘me graandaad fort in the fust world wawer’

Weakertew  up to a fortnight

Weir  we are

Weir  where, e.g. ‘weir didder leave me wullertons?’

Wessmedderbaanks  area of

meadow south of Gamlingay brook and west of Potton road.

Wevver meteorological conditions

Willer  might one?, e.g. ‘willer or wunner?’

Willer  species of tree

Wimmy   literally 'with my', e,g. 'I wen orf wimmy trowsers round me yankles'

Wollop  a sudden crash in the price of market garden produce; or to hit, e.g. ‘doan jist stand theyar, wollop ’im!’

Wolnut  a type of edible nut

Woman  wife

Woostened  idiot, e.g. ‘yew woostened yew!’

Wop me  a greeting (informal), e.g. ‘wop me, Jimmy!’

Wore was, e.g. ‘wore it thut l’ng agoo?’

Wornid  required, needed, e.g. ‘fied wornid tew, I wooder dun’

Worsp  an insect

Woss  what is, e.g. ‘woss the time?’

Wossname  unspecified object, behaviour or attitude, e.g. ‘yew carn wossname canyer?’

Wossup  is anything amiss?

Wulks  edible shellfish

Wull  satisfactory; in good health, e.g. ‘saul very wull, budder warnt wull’

Wullerton  waterproof rubber boot

Wulls  small port on the north Norfolk coast

Wullwullwull  exclamation of mild surprise

Wunt  refuse to do something, e.g. ‘ee wunt dew watcher tullim’

Wuss  more inferior, less good, e.g. ‘yaw wuss than nayinker tall, man’

Wuth  value, or deserving of, e.g. ‘thus ardly wuth sendin stuff t’markit’


Yaw  you are

Yawlright  a greeting (informal)

Yawn  belonging to you, e.g. ‘thut aint marn, thus yawn’

Year  affirmation, e.g. ‘year, specked so’

Yew  you

Yewce  capable of being used, e.g. ‘yaw nyver yewce nor ornam’nt’

Yewkerlaylee  a small stringed instrument

Yew-neek  the only one of its kind

Yew-nigh-tid  combined; being in harmony, e.g. 'few listen to tew them common taters, when Newcarssel Yew-nigh-tid play Manchister Yew-nigh-tid, there's enny one Yew-nigh-tid playin, an thut aint Newcarssel'

Yewnyen  combination of workers Yewnyen Jaack national flag, often hung by the vulgar outside their own homes

Yewneyversity  an institution for higher learning

Yewrup  a continent

Yewster  was previously

Yewtar  state in the USA

Yewtewb  video streaming website

Yewth  young person

Yewze-you-wall  normal, as expected

Yiss  affirmative

Yisty  the day before today

Yit  at a future time; despite, e.g. ‘en add time ter dew it yit, woman’

Yitterwaahl  any time soon, e.g. 'Doan specked the bus'll come yitterwaahl'

Y’ng  immature, youthful

Yull  a loud cry or shout, e.g. ‘yew doan etter yull in me year’

Yuller  a colour

Yuller-rammer  wild bird, a type of bunting; see 'Scribblin Lark'


Zaarlerphone  a percussion instrument

Zew  a collection of animals

Zewkeenee type of baby marrow, e.g.

'I tull yew I doan warner zewkeenee, I warner cawjit'

Zullot  a fanatic, e.g. ‘nayink wuss than a plittickle zullot baangin on yer door when there’s a kneeleckshun’