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As a Bristolian born in Redcliffe during 1926,with a Father, Mother and paternal Grandfather all born and bred in Bristol, 'I fill entieuld to criasize sum mustakes in dul way we tolk' (I feel entitled to criticise some discrepancies in the way we speak). For example: John James - 'where' was always pronounced,'ware' and for where have you been it would be ware'sbean? also, my parents and I would greet a girl,'ullo me deer ow bee?'. Nick - 'where do you work to' would be 'ware doost wulk to?. Incidentally,'Lush' which is used by my granddaughter,was never in 'our lingo' years ago!
Great but when I first moved to Bristol it took a while to find out what daps were, now I wear them all the time. Also even though they stopped running in 1941 I worked for The Tramways and this was in the seventies.
A fine study of the venaculaaaaar. Gert proper job.
I cant believe you missed out Gert Lush (tasty or sexy e.g. eee was gert lush) and Bemmie (a person from Bedminster Down.)
Dont tell I, tell eee! (dont tell me, tell him! Give eee ere (pass it here e.g. a tool). Where's it too (Where is it). And, my father uses this one when greeting girls on the till at Asda: Ello my lover (hi there, how are you). Where de bist (Old Bristolian - where have you been). Yaffat (a Welshmen - taffy backwards.)Ooooh Ahhrr -[jovial]Bristolians taking the mick out of the Bristol accent. Ow zit goin? (How is it going?). Arrrrrrrgos (the discount store Argos). Traaaa-er (a tractor).
My favourite piece of Bristol is 'ow we pronounce Bath (the City)
Baaaaaath rather than the way posh Bath people say it [Both]. They dont say it like I does.
Virtue et Industrial
In memory of 'Dirk Robson' a Bristle Dictionary is a 'Grey Tide Eel'.
I cant believe youve left out the greating! When pasing a friend on a street. You both extchange looks and say awlrrrie (Meaning alright!) once both people have said it you are free to walk on.
E tried to kill I, Speaking to someone who got in a fight at the weekend,
Ill ave 4 of they, they wanted 4.
ow's bist, how are you
or should i say , etcl etcl
wonderful, makes me want to go home just to hear people speak.
This dialect guide should be standard issue to all those moving to Bristol - it's ten years too late for me. I was just getting used to playing at Hanham Folk Centre Tennis Club, having been wrenched away from the eight courts of Sanderstead, when I was hit with the question, 'Where do you work to?' I was completely addled by this and after some seconds confusion I found myself giving details of my route to work, which by that time included the hair raising Crews Hole Road. When I finished there was silence.
An old Bristol poem, used in the Bedminster area of Bristol is as follows:-
Theese cas'nt speak as well as theese cust cast,cus if theese cuud, theese wud usn't.
MEANING, YOU CANNOT SPEAK AS WELL AS YOU COULD CAN YOU? BECAUSE IF YOU COULD YOU WOULD WOUDN'T YOU.
I think it is difficult for you to actually interpret the Bristolian accent, but the above poem although gramatically incorrect is the nearest to how it souunds, the above poem was told to me when visiting an elderly man's home, which I found difficulty in at first understanding him, after several visits I got used to his way of speaking, hence remembering the actual Bristolian accewnt.