Words of Wing

A selection of Wing’s regional terms

All regions have their own dialect peculiarities, but Wing village apparently has more than most! Ken Bandy has kindly shared this list of terms you might need to know were you to step back in time and have a conversation with your Wing ancestors. We’d be pleased to hear of any further contributions or comments – what phrases do you remember your Wing-raised parents and grandparents using?

The wider Buckinghamshire vocabulary around 1900 was captured by Alfred Heneage Cocks (with contributions from a Mr Gurney of Wing) and published by the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society in their Records of Bucks journal – a copy of that list is available on GENUKI.

aggleto annoyShe wore ollus aggling oer summut.
aginagainstE wore agin women in pubs
ampusthandpost, road signE wore a stanning up the ampust
ankitchurehandkerchiefE ad is ankitchure in his top pockut
Arson AbbotsAston AbbotsShe cum frum oer Arson Abbots
as wasmaiden nameThat wore Annie Bandy as was
ash bindustbinShe whelmed they teirter peelings in the ash bin
ashmandustmanThey ashmen cum Thursdays
axeto askHe axed arter her
backhousekitchenShe wore making the dinner in the backouse
bawlto cryShe bawled when he left.
blindscurtainsHe ollus pulled they blinds when the sun shone
bolsterpillowE liked a sorft bolster under is ead
cantto gossipShe wore a’canting about in the shop
chackleto speak quicklyShe chackled on all night
chiselto defraudThey butcher chiselled er out uv a shillin
chopseto chatterShe chopsed at im all the wild
clarto hurryHe clarred acrost the road
closetWC, cupboardShe kep er best at in they closet
corfcoughE corfed acrost the table
diddycoytravelling personThey diddycoys cum a’knockin at they door
dinxingdancingShe wore a’dinxing about with her new baby
dorntdon’tI dornt know norn about it
dugdogE ad that gert dug wi im
EllsbryAylesburyI shan’t clar orf to Ellsbry
emmutantThey backhouse wore alive wi emmuts
fronthouseliving roomThey laid im out in the fronthouse
furrennernon-Wing personThere wore a furrenner in the shop Tuesday
futtballfootballThey kids played futtball wi is at.
gallasscoundrelE wore ollus a little gallus at school
ganzipulloverE ad a red ganzi
gawpingstaringE stood a’gawping at er
gellwomanWell gell, aint sin yer lately
gertgreat,bigE ad that gert dug wi im
get aginto rendezvousI’ll axe im when I get agin im.
get byto passI couldn’t get by while they wore a’chopsin
goo ango onThe ashman said “Goo an gell.”
gooinggoingE wore a’gooing t markut
greenhorninexperiencedE wore a greenhorn at futtball an crickut
harrapto scratchDorn’t harrap yer spots
keechto bail, scoopShe keeched a bowl o water frum the butt to wash er ead
krorsecrossE ad a krorse on is grave
LeartonLeighton BuzzardLearton markut’s a Tuesday
let beleave aloneWhen she chopses let be
likenessportrait, photoI ad er likeness on they wall
looking glassmirrorShe ad a looking glass in er bag
lunglongThat’s a lung wild since I sin yer
markutmarketLearton markut’s a Tuesday
marntmustn’tI marnt clar about se much
momeredconfusedEr aggling at me momered me
motorcarThey got in the motor
nammerno more, no longerI shan’t go to Learton nammer
nornnothingThere wore norn in the closet
nut the tickutmentally defectiveThey took n notice cos she wore nut the ticket
ollerto shoutHe ollered down the road after er
ollusalwaysHe ollus ollers about
ommuckto trudgeShe ommucked acrorst the park in the rain
pantrylarder,cupboardThere wornt norn in they pantry
Pray!Please!Pray dorn’t oller
rowdleto search,sortShe rowdled around in the closet fur er at
scroffleto shuffleE scroffled out o bed to the fronthouse
scurfdandruffThere wore scurf on is shelders
sheldersshouldersThere wore scurf on is shelders
shipsheepThey ship went to markut
sichsuchI never eard sich a row
sinseenI ain’t sin im this twelvemonth
soodleto suck upE wore a’soodling a cup a tay
soresworeShe sore at im when she got agin im
spekspeakWhat can’t spek can’t lie
stroddle [n]crotchIs trousers chaffed is stroddle
stroddle [v]to straddleE stoddled two rows a teirters
summutsomethingE ad summut in is ankitchure
summut swiftstupid ideaIs gardin wore summut swift
sunsoonShe’ll sun be back frum Learton
tayteaE wore a’soodling a cup a tay
tear aboutto hurryShe tore about tidying the fronthouse
teirterspotatoesE stoddled two rows a teirters
theythoseThey teirters aint n good
tickutticketE axed fer a tickut to Wingruf
twelvemonthyearI ain’t sin im this twelvemonth
ugpigE kep a gert ug in is gardin
warntwasn’t/wantI warnt there. I warnt a cup a tay
wash the headwash the hairShe washed er ead wi rainwater
WingrufWingraveShe came frum oer Wingruf way
wirelessradioThey aint got n wireless yit
yaffleto eat(greedily)He yaffled all is teirters
yarntto cry aloudShe yarnted about at the funeral
yawpto shoutE wore a’yawping at er down the road