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Lancashire Dialect


If you visit Lancashire, UK to sample some muffins, you might hear some other strange words. I've listed a few here, as they're often hard to find in dictionaries. Please email me if you know any more.

Lancashire word Meaning
keks (or kecks) trousers (or "pants" to Americans)
chuddy chewing gum
spoggy chewing gum
scram / scran food
mither (verb) / mithered bother (verb) / bothered
ginnel a covered or uncovered passage between buildings
owd old
cowd cold
hutch (verb) move along (e.g. if you're trying to sit down on a crowded bench, you might say "hutch up a bit")
lodge a small but deep pool of water situated next to former cotton mills. I'm not sure of their original purpose, but those few that remain are used for fishing.
oddy / oddie pocket money
keff / kef (verb) to fart ("aw, who's keffed?")
buffet a low foot stool or what posh people call a pouffe. To rhyme with "tuffet" (what Little Miss Muffet) sat on. When I was growing up, our buffet was a cube of foam wrapped in black leatherette and swirly 60's carpet.
chunner talk incessantly

And while I remember, I'll just define the word "Ratcher", the name of the bar in Glenridding, Cumbria, UK, since it's not in the dictionaries. It means "rat catcher".

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