English - Yorkshire (Barnsley) Dialect

I have seen posts like this before and have been meaning to make one myself for some time now. The purpose of it is to show some of the main differences in the way that we speak in Barnsley (Yorkshire, North England) to standard English.

'The' - We never say 'the' in colloquial speech. Instead we replace it with a glottal stop. This is often written as t' but leads to outsiders thinking thinking we actually pronounce the 't'.

Thar/thee - 'Thar' is the informal singular 'you' but is slowly falling out of use. 'Thee' is the accusative form of 'thar'. It also takes the same verb conjugations as he/she/it. E.g, Tha drinks (You drink)

Us/our - Instead of saying 'our' we say 'us'. 'Our' is only used as the stressed form of 'us'. E.g, She's got us money (She's got our money).

Was/were - We never use the word 'was' but instead say 'woh' or 'were' for stress.

While - We use 'while' in place of 'until'. E.g, I wain't be back while 12 (I won't be back until 12).

Other words

Allus - Always

Bairn - Child (compare to Danish 'barn')

Bart - Without

Bell - Call (compare to Dutch 'bellen')

Eyup - Hello/Hi

Gi - Give

Laik - Play (compare to Danish 'lege')

Misen/Thisen etc - Myself/Yourself etc

Nowt - Nothing

Owt - Anything

Snap - Food

Summat - Something

Sup - Drink

Ta - Thanks (compare to Danish 'tak')

Thine - Yours (informal singular)

Youngen - Child (compare to Dutch 'jongen')

There are many more that I will add when I think of them!

December 14, 2014


Bairn, gie, ta - three words we use in Ayrshire too. :) There's probably more similarities. I'd love to learn a lot more of the various dialects of Britain and how they interlink.

December 15, 2014

As heard in Wombwell t'other day, two men arguing about whose round it was next. "Not mine - thine!" 'Ave a dekko at this, then:

December 15, 2014

My home town!

December 15, 2014

We use 'ta' and occasionally 'youngen' down south in Hampshire/Dorset but it's interesting to see how much is different, wow!

December 14, 2014

We use ta here in central Scotland too. In fact, it's my go-to form of casual thanks. :P

December 15, 2014

A lot of this also applies in Lincolnshire (just South of Yorkshire).

December 15, 2014

"Ay up there!" I recommend readers try listening to the dialect by watching "Last of the Summer Wine" on Youtube:

Its a very funny film clip with lots of witty expressions

December 15, 2014

Ta is very common in London too, especially where I originate from. A lot of cockneys use it and when speaking to babies, to teach them, a lot of parents often refer to "ta" as a simple way of teaching them to say thank you. I know this as my mother has done it with all six of her children, as did my nan before her, and my sister's have used it with my nephews and nieces.

December 15, 2014

My middle son will be so pleased! We had recently been watching "All Creatures Great and Small", and shortly afterwards listened to a recording of "The Secret Garden". He was so excited, and declared that he wanted to learn Yorkshire as his language:-)

December 15, 2014

I'm also from Yorkshire, over in Hull. I couldn't make a list like this as I don't really like/use dialect words so I don't really know them all. That big list at the end has very similar words though, like 'owt' and 'nowt' (I think most of the north uses those don't they?). A big similarity with your list is that here you often here 'Bain' (without the r) to mean child, that is one of our main dialect words. I thought that was just a Hull thing, it suprising to me that other places say something similar.

December 15, 2014

It's a northern universal I guess, unless anyone knows different. I wonder how far south down bairn for baby goes? And how far outside Hull bain lasts before it becomes bairn.

December 16, 2014
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