As part of my research for Dogtooth Chronicals I did a fair bit of reading into dialects of Northern England, both Yorkshire & Northumberland. Often the two cross over, especially in Scandinavian influence. As I still use a few of these, I thought I’d do a short post on my favourites. I recently posted a bit of flash fiction set in Sheffield, called The Graveyard Shift in which I used ‘padfoot’. So without further ado, here are my half-remembered definitions, with apologies to professionals who study such things. But as Wolfgang says “All knowledge is hear-say.”
Padfoot – Ghostdog
Barguest – Unwelcome visitor/ghoul/poltergeist
Fizzog – Face
Fernticles – Freckles
Brattle – thunder-clap
Bellywark – Stomach ache
Musweb – Cobweb
Molly Mawkin – Overdressed woman (mawkin can also mean Scarecrow).
Grand-owt – This means ‘everything is great’, but with typical Yorkshire understatedness.
Notes: For the non-UK audience out there ‘Owt’ (Everything) & ‘Nowt’ (Nothing) are common words in local British dialect, particularly Yorkshire.
Beclarted – Caked in mud
Glum – Sad
Mardy/Having a mard – Grumpy/Unhappy/In a mood
Narky/Narked – Mardy
Nippy – Either very cold ‘a nip in the air’ or speedy
Boggart – Bogeyman