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any one know about this little book called, I think, "Nottingham, how it is spoke"

need to "Edificate" some Australians on whats good english, as spoke by true englanders

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If you want to sing along? Ay up mi duck, ay y got a parnd Gooin darn tarn, meet me at the Lion Vodka through a straw, I'm already pissed up I'll spray some shapes so the girls all act up Gerrup, sta

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Can I post a bit of Ilkeston I heard today?

Re falling asleep when you shouldn't : our friend who


in Ilkeston has a theory about that subject, I quote accurately word


word "When yoer gerrin ode and yer get like that yoer about knackered

and no

good fer nowt, If I ever get like that" (meaning herself) "I want


to hit me we a shovel at the side of me ed and gerrit over we"


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Can I jog a few Aussie memories I had a book some years ago back a bloke called John O'Grady called "Lets Talk Strine" (Or Aussie English and how she is spoke) any of you diggers read it? Some funny bits I remember where' a Gallah Party '(This is a gathering of ladies to socialise ) coz they squark like a bunch of Gallahs. pronounced Ga lars, (I went round for years convinced it was a gala party as in village fete and gala)


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A gallah is a parrot Ian, its reckoned to be stupid because it sits and eats off the road and generally gets run down by cars. "Gallah" is also used to denote anyone thats a fools as in,"Bloody Gallah"!

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I know that , I did actually think it was a cockatoo but subsequently I found out it is actually (as you say) a parrot ,and it's not even a nickname (as I thought) but it is it's real breed name.

I was commenting on the pronunciation of Gallah and how I thought it was pronounced. I actually found out from some Aussies, who I met on my travels once ,I thought I was being clever by telling them to stop sqawking like a bunch of GALAS (not Gallahs) and got the funniest looks in return LOL


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I still think it's a breed of Cockatoo


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Found this on the Tears of a Clown site and thought it would be of interest.

There are some interpretations that are hilarious, some I have not heard of and I seem to remember that 'let's have a guzgog' was 'let's have a look?'

A Guide to Nottingham English

For those not necessarily of a Nottingham persuasion, here’s a fail-safe guide to survival to help you through a stay in the Lace City. It’s not comprehensive or fool-proof and please note that important tasks such as ordering a pint etc. can be performed quite adequately by pointing, talking loudly and s-l-o-w-l-y. With help from local language expert John Beeton, here’s a selection of Nottinghamshire sayings and phrases that may help when visiting the city:

Prattinn abaht. Acting stupidly.

Ee-addizzedd dahn the bog. He had been sick.

Bogga that furr gaima soajiz. I shall not continue with this course of action.

korl yersenn a faiter? I do not share your confidence in your abilities as a pugilist.

Eez tookizz battomm.He is sulking.

Annair doo. A hairstyle.

Gerrupp them stairs. It is time for bed.

Ee doant gerronn wee nobbdi. He is unsociable.

Nehmind ay. Don’t let it concern you.

Batt yersenn dahn. Dust yourself off.

Av podged missenn. I have had sufficient to eat.

Wairvyerbinn till nah? Did you get lost?

Yo-a prattannarf yo-are. You are a fool.

Faktreh. Industrial workplace.

Eezabitt finnikeh. He is rather choosy about his food.

Up the spaht. Pregnant.

Wottyo prattin abaht wee? What are you doing?

Yent, aya? I don’t believe you have done that.

Gerrineer. Please come in.

Adunno worritts all abaht. It is a complete mystery to me.

Oajer noise. Please be quiet.

Ahtahse. Garden shed.

Av ott missen. I am in considerable pain.

yor gerrin woas yo ahr – your getting worse you are

Skehf = dandruff

twitchel, or jitty (more common in Eastwood in my time than ‘jennel’) tundish = funnel

Eastwood: Brown Town

Cotch:To Sit Down and Relax

Mardy = somewhat disagreeable

im gerrin ona bus ngooin dahn tahn-I’m going to take the bus to the town centre

giz a guzgog could i have a gooseberry


bobbo – horse

Enny rowd up: Which ever way you look at it.

Causie – pavement,

Entry or ginnal – pathway,

mucker – friend,

smigin – small amount,

wagon – lorry

Awerre! – I believe your are lying to me

Chatty: In a mess

Cummoninnoutonnit! = take heed of the inclement weather children !

eesraytstuckup He is a little reserved/not friendly.

yadenni tea-ye? Have you eaten dinner yet?

oowarraweethen? – Who was I with then?

I’ll seeyu safto I’ll see you this afternoon

gerumrappedupduk i’ll take them with me ,miss

Yerrwot? :What was that last phrase you uttered?

shut yagobb be quiet

Oldyerorses Stop right there

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A guzgog is a gooseberry. We used to say if you wanted a look, giz a gleg. Is that what you were thinking of?

That was it......thanks katyjay

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Is this from Stu's site ??

Stu is a member on here and owns/writes a site called "Tears of a Clown" There are a lot of other threads on here concerning Nottinghameze and how she is spake !! "Things our parents used to say" being one of them

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Mucker- army slang,originated in the Engineer regiments/ pioneer battalions,the first poor sods who began digging the trenches on the Weatern front.

1914-18.was commonly used by veterans in England not just Nottingham. More trivia,I'm going for a coffee break.

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It is Beefy. My words at the top and local author John Beeton's excellent examples of 'Nottingham - how she is spoke'


Trevor/Kath: 'Gizza Goz' = let's have a look. :)

Much appreciated Stu...Tears of a Clown has provided some valuable finds and you have a great site that I still haven't fully explored. The more I delve into the family background and the Nottingham of old, the more I am amazed at the countless sites provided by others on my old town. Cheers mate.

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local author John Beeton's excellent examples of 'Nottingham - how she is spoke'

There were some Beetons at Dunkirk.

I went out with one of the daughters in 1969.

If I remember right some of the Beetons found some buried coins or Gold (treasure trove) about that time?

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Ta for the kind words Trevor (and Mick), it's appreciated.

Agree that there are some excellent Nottingham bloggers out there and I'll repost this link to just some of them I found when doing a bit of research. As is the way with these things, some will now be neglected and there will also be new ones that have come along.

Nottingham’s Bloggers

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how about giz a groggy

can i have a ride on your cross bar please.

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I had forgotten "podged" - for eating too much. Yes, it was croggy - at least it was where I lived!

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