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Ay-up from The Yorkshire part 1

The Yorkshire dialect is certainly a unique one.

And it’s instantly recognisable from the moment you meet a Yorkie. Ever seen Emmerdale on’t telly? That’s our lingo right there – and we’re proud of it. But every now and then, we find it can leave some of our non-native guests a little bit flummoxed.

So with this in mind, we decided to put together our top 5 phrases, to make sure you get through your stay here at The Yorkshire without any language barriers.

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Ay-up

‘Ay-up’ is easy, it generally means a simple hello. But you might also find us using it as a way of getting someone’s attention. Say for example you’ve a hankering for some Yorkshire Tea (the only tea!), but can’t really see yourself getting up from the couch to make it – you might say: “Ay-up Jim, will you make us a brew?”

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FYI: Yorkshire Tea has featured on Friends episodes on several occasions.

Chuntering a bucket full

Nobody likes someone who spends their days chuntering a bucket full. It’s all about the positive vibes here in Yorkshire, and moaning a lot will not be tolerated.

“Ee by gum, that Mavis has been chuntering a bucket full since she stubbed ‘er toe.”

“In’t no need for that, it’ll be reyt.”

It’ll be reyt

Spilled a brew? It’ll be reyt. Found yourself with a flat tyre? It’ll be reyt. Leg fallen off? It’ll be reyt.

It means ‘it’ll be alright’, but sometimes we say it about things that will categorically never be ‘reyt’.

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Nah then

Confusingly enough, ‘ay-up’ is not a Yorkie’s only hello greeting. You might find we replace it with ‘nah then’. So if you see a cheery face and hear a “Nah then, ow do?”, obviously it means “Hi there, how are you?”

Crack

Surely you’ve heard “crack”. If you’ve not already, you’re about to get plenty, as we Yorkie’s love a good chat. Or crack as the case may be, so come and say ay-up and stay tuned for more Yorkshire lingo soon…