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The words that you heard when you were young - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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The words that you heard when you were young
That dialect meme (that's the LJ definition of both 'dialect' and 'meme', there), stolen from taimatsu).

FWIW, I grew up in or near: Uxbridge (2 years), Crawley Down (4 years), Bramhall (2 years), Loughborough (10 years), and during that time went to 4 different primary schools and one secondary school.


1. The space between two buildings containing a footpath: 'jitty', 'cut-through', 'alleyway'
2. A knitted item of clothing worn over a shirt, without buttons: 'jumper'.
3. The act of not going to something that you're supposed to go to: 'skiving'.
4. Playground game in which someone is "it" and has to touch someone else who then becomes "it.": 'tig' (and variants became 'tiggy-' e.g. 'tiggy-off-ground')
5. Playground truce term when you want a break from the above games: 'barley', I think, but not sure if that's genuine memory or interpolation from having read Opie & Opie. Nobody took any notice of that sort of wussy nonsense anyway.
6. Playground term you say when you want to claim something: 'bagsy', but with claiming a desk in the classroom it was always 'SAVED!' (shouted while loudly slamming books, pencil-cases, etc down on the desk in question)
7. Slip-on shoes worn for school sports in the days before trainers: 'pumps', later 'plimsolls'
8. Small round bread: 'roll' or 'bap'.
9. Sweet course that follows the main course: 'pud'. NB we were always outraged if my parents said that there was pud & then it was only fruit. "That's not pud!" Not that fruit is a bad thing, but it's not pud, is it. (Depends on the fruit, though. Apples == not pud. Strawberries == pud, obviously. Clementines are sort of nearly pud, but still more fruit than pud, really.)
10. Scone: pronounced to rhyme with "gone" or with "moan": to rhyme with 'gone'.
11. Generic term for a bird: Er. 'Bird'?
12. Round food stuff made with batter on a griddle, which is brown on the outside: 'pancake'? The griddle is confusing me here, it sounds more like drop-scones, but that seems a bit obscure.
13. A delicacy that you feel is particularly local to you: can't think of anything...
14. Term of endearment: 'honey', 'sweetie'... all sorts of things, nothing particularly localised.
15. Someone who's soft and easily feels the cold: 'wimp', probably.
16. Tourists: we didn't have those in the Midlands. :-}
17. A field boundary: 'hedge'.
18. You see a group of animals standing in a farm building. They have udders and go moo. Complete the following sentence: "Look at those ____ standing in that ____!" : 'cows', 'barn'.
19. You haven't had anything to eat in a long time, and your stomach is letting you know about it. You would also like to be warmer. You say: 'I'm cold and hungry!' (or 'freezing and starving' depending on how whiney I'm feeling)
20. Your friends invite you to enter a haunted house: you demur. What do they call you, by way of a derisive taunt?: 'scaredy-cat'.
21. A man who dresses flashily with lots of expensive jewellery is a ____: er, dunno what they're getting at here, sorry.
22. What do you say in a shop when you are handed your change?: 'thanks'
23. Generic friendly greeting: 'hiya', 'hi'
24. Slang term for a pair of trousers: can't think of one...
25. Slang term for left-handed: can't think of anything specific, but left-handed kids would've got called 'spaz' more than others, probably.
26. Pronunciation of Shrewsbury? Newcastle? Glasgow?: sh-ROSE-bree, new-CASS-ul, gl-AZ-go.
27. Two pieces of bread with a filling: 'sandwich'.
28. A playground way of saying someone is out of order: not sure... though like taimatsu I thought of the way of saying "UmmmmmMMMmm!" or "AmmmmMMMmmm!" (usually followed by "I'm telling on you").
29. Dialect terms for hands, ears, face – and, indeed, for any other body parts you care to name: can't think of any.
30. Terms for someone who looks miserable: can't think of any. (These days my brain says CHEER UP EMO KID. New dialect!)
31. Potatoes: 'spuds'. I would just like to add that my dad calls parsnips 'snibs', or 'snibboes', which always makes me smile.
32. Pale round food stuff with a brown base, lots of holes in it, which you serve hot with butter: OM NOM NOM. Oh, no, hang on, er, 'crumpet'.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 5th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
恵比寿の商店街で見かけた10センチくらいの小さいシトリンのパワーストーンを買おうかなと思う。
From: kaet Date: April 5th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
With a tortoise? At Pentecost? How dare you, sir?

I challenge you to a duel!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 5th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
人生をたてなおさないと。ノイローゼになりそう。 自殺するかも。
From: kaet Date: April 5th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or so you claim. They don't even exist outside the Galapagos, except in private collections.The ecclesiastical calendar cannot be changed, and that kind of current is only available from a series of heavy duty car batteries, which would take quite a lot of effort to lug up to the summit.
lnr From: lnr Date: April 6th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's interesting, I was talking to Paul at work about the other version of this and complaining it was missing interesting questions like 1) and 8) and thinking of things that were dialect where I grew up even if I didn't use them myself (kecks or kegs for 24)).
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