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The language of the Potteries .. or     "Ar ter toke crate"

North Staffordshire Dialect - Words and Phrases

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Rags and windows broken windows stuffed with rags;  rumped up
Rattle chops talks without thinking
Redymadesy reading made easy;  a very simple reading book - early 19th century.
Rinkers large marbles for games
Rimson to clean out; to tidy
Roche rock that is crumbling, disintegrating (from the French)
Rodney labourer on a barge;  a fellows that's no good
Rondled rope that is over wound by the colliery winder
Round round of bread;  all round the loaf
Rowelled beaked up with dirt
Ruck a heap
Rump up to break up  (French,  rompre).
Run ran


Sack got the sack;  got the bag;  dismissed from a job.
Sad sad dough,  dough that doesn't rise.
Saided saited
Saucy faddy over food;  impudent
Saunded late for work  (- used in the Biddulph area)
Scitter diminutive of scatter;   scatter over an acre;  scitter over an objects.
Scrabble to scramble.
Scran food for eating on a country window.
Scratch-cat a violent quarrelsome woman.
Scratchin-cake a very plain cake made of flour and lard.
Scrawm to scramble; to get all one can; used of a worker doing lots of overtime before a holiday - scrawming.
Scrounge round seeking for what you can find or pick up.
Scuft to smack; compare scuffle.
See-saw see queedle
Segs second in a game; "bags segs" = I claim to go second.  also see 'fogs'
Sel, sen self;  His sel,  His sen,  Her sel,  Her sen
Senatucked stiff, tight sinews;  exhausted.
Set to let a house or land.
Shankses-pony to walk (shank, a leg)
Shanna,  shatna shall not.
"Tha shatna shift shat?"   =  You won't leave the house while I am away, shall you?
Sharpshins sharp,  quick
Sheed to shed or spill;
Shoon shoes
Shouldna shouldn't
Shownd to show.
Shut spoiled,  sad bread (used in the Biddulph area)
Sican to sigh  (old English)
Side to remove the dishes, etc.; to clear the table.
Sight more more or many more.
Sin since
Sithers scissors
Skeedy,  Skeedy paw left handed.
Skeered scared
Sken to squint
Skiddaddle to clear off.
Skimpy scant.
Skinny won't give anything to anybody.
skitty left handed
Skrike to shreek; to cry loudly
Slat to throw; old English "slath", moved;  don't slat it at me,   Don't chuck it at me.
Slither to slude;  slur 9used in the Biddulph area)
Slobber-chops a squash;  a mouthy talker
Smite a mite;  a morsel.
Smugs, bell rings the school bell rings and the children rush for the marbles regardless of ownership.
Smush smart.
Snaffle to steal.
Snappin food taken to work.
Sneak like a snake.
Sneyd a place name;  Old English,  the handle of a scythe  (Sneyd family coat of arms).
Sneap,  sneep to snub.
Snicket narrow pathway,  alley;  Old English  snican,  to creep.
Snived,  slived over-run with vermin.
Snob Shoemaker,  a pretender.
Sockpit a pit into which the nightsoil runs.
Spadger,  sparrer a sparrow.
Sparrow bank a works where sometimes the wages are not forthcoming on Saturday.
Sparrowed hard up.
Siffin tip-top.
Spit "the very spit of him",  exactly like him.
Spock Spoke
Spotted Dick current dumpling.
Spotties large marbles woth black spots.
Sprynges springs;  a healing wound;  corn on the foot.
Spud potato.
Spug sparrow   (used in the Biddulph area).
Squab a wooden sofa;  "sit up o' th' squab".
Squark to squeal.
Squeezer a hollowware presser;  (pottery industry word)
Starved cold, hungry;  "starved deeth",  starved to death.
Steen a large vessel made of red clay for holding water or bread.
Stent stint,  allotted amount.
Stir-pudding porridge
Stoney a "marble" for games.
Strike a bargain to strike hands when a bargain is struck.
Suff a drain
Sup a 'sip' is a taste,  a 'sup' is a drink
Surrie,  sirrah sir,  a form of greeting to someone we meet  " 'ow 'at, surrie"  - how are you friend.
Sut sat
Sweek,  sweeken a swing over a fire to hold the pot-hooks on which the kettles hang.
Swobsy big,  fat.
Sword the rind of bacon.


Tack unpleasant flavour
Tack take
Taws "marbles" for games
Talk you leg off never stop talking
Th' before vowels and aspaiates,  Th' 'ammer;  th' apple.  th' 'ands,  th' oss,  th' ob.
Thinken bethought;  unbethought;  recollect;  recall.
This 'uns and that 'uns this and that.
Thrutched crowded;  "where there's most thrutching there's least room".
Thunge to thump.
Till better till,  better than.
Tipple to turn over
Tisicky bit sickley.
Tittivate to smarten up.
To omitted  "I'm going Stoke".
Toerts towards.
Treacle "a regular hapth o' treacle"  a squash.
Tregortha "as old as Tregortha"  a Burslem Printer,  end of 18th Century.
Tough Tom marl.
Tuggies lice.
Tut the den in a game of Tut-ball or rounders;  "he stuck to his tut".
Twiffler a plate about 9  inches diameter.
Two-three a few

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