Potteries dialect


Potteries dialect

The Potteries dialect is a dialect found in the northern West Midlands of England, particularly in and around Stoke-on-Trent.

A popular cartoon called May un Mar Lady, created by Dave Follows, appears in The Sentinel newspaper and is written in the Potteries dialect.

Like all English dialects, the Potteries dialect derives from Anglo-Saxon Old English. Example words and phrases:

* "Nesh" meaning soft, tender, or to easily get cold is derived from the early English, “nesc, nescenes.”
* "Slat" meaning to throw, is from the old English “slath,” moved.
* "Sheed" meaning to spill liquids, most likely derived from the word "shed" in the sense of getting rid of something.
* "Cost keck a bow aggen a woe an y'ed it till thee bost it?" meaning, "Can you kick a ball against a wall and head it till you burst it?"

Potteries Dialect websites

* [http://www.thepotteries.org/dialect.html Potteries Dialect links]
* [http://www.thepotteries.org/dialect.html#mar May un Mar Lady Examples]
* [http://www.thepotteries.org/dialect.html Potteries Dialect links]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/voices2005/features/steve_birks.shtml History]
* [http://www.stokeuncovered.co.uk/Dialect/ Examples]

See also

Other West Midlands English dialects:

* Black Country (Yam Yam)
* Brummie (spoken in Birmingham)


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