West Country-isms

For those who are planning a holiday on one of our working farms, it might be useful to learn some of the local lingo to ensure that you are able to fully immerse yourself in rural life. We’ve put together a list of common words and phrases to assist you during your West Country stay.

A light-hearted look at West Country-isms...

Proper Job: To describe a job well done!! For example: Person 1: "Let’s get a bigger hammer”, Person 2: "Proper Job”

Teddies: Potatoes. Should you be asked if you’d like some "roasted teddies” with your Sunday lunch, fear not; no soft toys will be harmed in the making of said dinner.

‘Ee: Replaces it or him in some sentences. E.g. "Put ‘ee over there”

Ark a’ee: Listen to him.

‘Yer Tis/’Yer Tiz: Here it is.

Ooh arr: Oh yes! A term made famous by the Wurzels; to express great joy, pleasure or satisfaction. Some might use it to salute a farmer, though we wouldn’t recommend adopting the expression in such a manner.

Tillin’: A dialect abbreviation of the word tilling; to prepare land for the raising of crops by ploughing and harrowing. For example: "I’m tillin’ the corn”

Alright me luvver: A South West greeting, like "alright mate”.

Me’ansum: West Country term of endearment for a friend/acquaintance. For example: "Alright me’ansum?”

Maid: Term of endearment as above… though you might want to limit this term to women only.

Gurt Lush: Bristiolian term for really good.

Mang: Devonshire for to mix. For example: "I’m off to mang the feed”

Tiswas: Getting muddled or confused. For example: "Ee’s in a tiswas”

Ee’s a bootie: Meaning "he’s beautiful”. When on a farm it’s normally referring to a prize winning animal e.g. a pig.

Chinny Reckon: Disbelief, as in "I don’t believe you” or "I don’t reckon”.

Slit pigs: A North Somerset term for male piglets that have been castrated.

Parcel of ol' Crams: A dismissive phrase meaning that you (a) can’t comprehend, (b) do not believe.

See you dreckly: See you soon

Ow be knackin vore? How are you?

Oh I be pert viddy, me boody: I’m very well thanks.

Posted by Emma on 5th February 2017