There is nowt better than a Yorkshire accent. There is something about it that brings a smile to your face. Especially when you come across folk that can’t understand a word you say. The dialect changes by just heading a few miles down the road and that is something we just love.
Whether it’s East, West, North or South there’s a change in the accent that makes it delightful to the ears. And this video that has emerged of a 70-year-old woman back in 1952 giving instruction on how to make bread is one of the best things – and has made our week.
Mrs Hesselden, from the town of Pateley Bridge, which is North Yorkshire now, but historically West Riding took part in the Orton Dialect survey. The Yorkshire woman born in 1882 shows just how strong the accent can be.
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Watch the video of Mrs Hesselden giving instructions on how to bake bread below:
The Orton Dialect Survey was undertaken between 1950 and 1961 under the direction of Professor Harold Orton from the English Department at the University of Leeds. The aim was to collect the full range of speech in England and Wales before local differences disappeared.
Some of the most noticeable word choice that Mrs Hesselden uses in her instructions are ga instead of go, sae instead of so, naught for nothing and lile for little along with many more.
Check out the list of various word changes below:
- ga = to go
- afront of = in front of
- happen = maybe perhaps
- sae = so
- lile = little
- clout = cloth
- afore = before
- over = too
- ya = one
- tother = the other
- hot = heat
- kizzen = to dry up/ burn (of food)
- naught = nothing
- nobbut = only
- bide = to rest, leave
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