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I was a little heller up the back, or a limb (of Satan)when naughty. My stepfather who's 86 and from Chumleigh and BROAD Devon still defeats my understanding sometimes! Buddle-hole: Hole in Devon bank to drain water from a road. growing up learning what she was on about sure was an education! Here in the Forest of Dean it's just called fern, and there's a lot of it.
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My ol' Dad had a number of sayings which I've only ever heard in Devon.
For instance he would say that someone was "as daft as a brish " (meaning as daft as a brush or stupid).
Another one would be if someone was was being clumsy about doing something, he would say " they be like a cow handlin' a musket! When I was a child learning to read, I remember him explaining the spelling of the word "CONTENTS" at the beginning of the book by the acronym "Cows Ought Not To Eat Nasty Turnip Skins", or (backwards) "Stan Takes Nancy Every Tuesday Night Out Courtin'" - Isn't it amazing just how such trivial things stick in your mind.
Mark, Plymouth Although not a Plymouthian by birth, I now have the pleasure of living around such people and hearing them converse with one another.
The term 'buhy' can still be heard when addressing a 'boy.' 'Helluva' is also an initially confusing term, meaning 'a lot of' or 'very.' Mike Simms - Ottery St. I remember a young buy i goed to school wiv who drashed eezelv jus vor a laaf. michelle, Exeter(originally south hams) Reply Eleanor in Scotland I've been in Exeter for a few years now and have noticed a lack of strong devonian accent here.
Mary - Devon In your Devon Dialect you haven't included APSE meaning abscess. My wife's family has been living on or near the Hampshire/Sussex border for at least three or four generations so I would guess that the word was in more general use than only Devon. Also the word bint is arabic for girl and was probably imported into England by sailors who had visited foreign ports in exotic parts (or maybe the other way round). I never zee'd any other buyy who could pull 'ees shoulder out of its socket and then drash the bugger back iin jus; by wackin eezselv up against the wall. Where I used to live in South Hams the accent is also on the decline.
I used to hear this a lot in the 60's when I started in dental practice in Exeter and wondered what my patients were doing with a snake in their mouth! Geoff Dorking My daughter was attending a talk on dialects, and the the lecturer came upon the Devon term "Dreckly" (Directly), and attempted to describe its use, and came up with the description, "It's rather like 'manyanha', but not quite so urgent." Rob, Totnes My mother-in-law says when the weather is good for drying clothes, "There's a good dryth". Devon until I heard an elderly woman in South Brent (S. Ee be called Richard and were a propper bleddy dimwit. For me the most authentic Devonian accent, if such a thing exists is found in the countryside of mid devon or west dartmoor.
DOUG from Hampshire I don't know why, but this morning I was checking out a word my wife uses to describe something smoking a lot (like bacon or wood). Ee uzed to kick up when ee's tea went samzoey (cooled off) and you shoould ev zeed ees vit size, was like bleddy boats twas! Chris, Hong Kong To Frank - Lyme Regis I think it's an upright form of field dock found in rough pasture; my wife, a Northumbrian calls it sourdock. As a lifelong Devonian i would consider the plymothian accent to be something different entirely and dare i say it more cornish???
Miss the bugger mind, ee flitted of to work overseas. The wood sorrel in my memory is also sour and really good with cheddar. Ed from Instow Our old farm labourer used to come out with some classics: Wer be gwain (where are you going), What be dwain (what are you doing). For example my Dad, a Plymouthian always says 'Me Luvver' and if you say that to someone not from the area (esp to another man) people think it's a bit odd.
Linda Rowland Nottingham My Nan used to warn "don't stir that cabbage hard, you'll have it all of a jowder". The most memorable quote he ever said to me and my mates returning from a surf was "if i've ever zeed dree bags'v jjit, they'm stood yer right een vront'v me". Steve - Birmingham, ex Paignton It still suprises me when people 'up country' don't understand the simple expression - 'Where to? kirsty not that many at the moment, i am still researching that!
No drowth, meant too wet to dry washing, and chooty pigs or grammer sows for woodlice. but i have found that i can somehow notice the different of where someone in devon is from, much like you can tell if someone if from devon or cornwall, so using phonetic transcrption i am looking to show how the plymovian accent has developed from a rural accent to a urban dialect etc. kirsty, barnstaple now living in plymouth what a cool site, really reminds me of my nan and her crazy sayings!Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating