Yorkshire Slang

7 terms


to gammon, joke, quiz, or praise ironically. Originally “to queer” represented our modern word “chaff.” Chaff -bone, the jaw-bone.—Yorkshire. Chaff , jesting. In Anglo-Saxonceaf  is chaff; and ceafl , bill, beak, or jaw. In the Ancren Riwlea.d. 1221, ceafle  is used in the sense of idle discourse.


embarrassed, wanting money, tied up. Sometimes synonymous with “hard up.”—Yorkshire.

FASTS. Days appointed by the Church for the particular discipline of the flesh, and for a peculiar sorrow for sin. A list of these days is given at the commencement of the Prayer Book.

adj. firm, fixedVariants: fest, faste, adv. fast, firmly, quickly, soon securely, feste, fast, soon close ueste, uaste Phr.: fast aboute, very eagerEtymology: Anglo-Saxon fæst, firm.


deceit, humbug, a false and ridiculous story. Anglo-Saxongamen , game, sport.
to hoax, to deceive merrily, to laugh at a person, to tell an untrue but plausible story, to make game of, or, in the provincial dialect, to make game  on;—“who's thou makin' thy gam ' on?” i.e., of whom are you making a fool?—Yorkshire.


footing money.—Yorkshire.
An entrance fee demanded by the old prisoners of one just committed to gaol.
the douceur or fee which, before the time of Howard the philanthropist, was openly exacted by the keepers of gaols from their unfortunate prisoners for extra comforts. The practice of garnishing is by no means so defunct as some folk seem to think, and its influence may often be traced by those who wish.

German Ducks



old cloth worked up into new; made from soldiers' and policemen's coats. The old cloth is pulled to pieces, the yarn unravelled and carded over again. This produces shoddy, which is very short in the fibre, and from it are produced, on again twisting and weaving, cloth fabrics used for ladies' mantles, &c. Also, a term of derision applied to workmen in woollen factories.—Yorkshire.


Strong beer, or other liquor.
strong liquor.—Yorkshire.