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NORFOLK DIALECT WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS

Well, here’s what you’ve been waiting for, the final selection of Norfolk words and expressions – and their meanings – to help you understand what we’re going on about!

How have your fared so far? Has the glossary been of help to you, was it zackly what you’ve been looking for, or have you been left ahind?

Best of luck with the final selection.

U

Dialect word(s) Meaning
Unean Underneath.
Uppards Upwards (and ‘downards’ – downwards).
Useter Used to: “I uster go tuh wark by trearn ev’ry day.”

V

Dialect word(s) Meaning
Vacagees Evacuees during wartime.
Vister Visitor, holidaymaker: “Them visters frum furrin paarts hed bort up orl the crabs, an hent left none fur us they hent!”

W

Dialect word(s) Meaning
Waarmin Badly-behaved person: “I’ll ding yar lug, yew little waarmin, yew!”
Wholly, hoolly, hully Very: “Them sossidge rolls tearste hoolly good tuh me.”
Wick Nerves: “With orl har blarrin she tend tuh git on my wick.”
Wittles Vittles, food.

X

Dialect word(s) Meaning
ex-ees When playing a game to request a break, (seek sanctuary) accompanied by the crossing of two index fingers on each hand.

Y

Dialect word(s) Meaning
Yalm To eat hungrily: “He hoolly yarmed that inta him, he did.”
Yow To howl: “Thass that there bloomin cat yowin agin!”
Yis Yes.
Yisty Yesterday.

Z

Dialect word(s) Meaning
Zackly Exactly: “I ent zackly sure the way tuh Norridge!”

Well, my ol’ paartner, yew’re done hoolly well t’wadw through this lot yew hev, an’ tha’s a fact. Now, as yew’re almost one o’ us, why not join Friends of Norfolk Dialect an’ become a member? That on’t corst ya much, that on’t. Then we kin hev a good ol’ mardle wi’ ya.

See ya learter, bor.

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