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Ray Shaddick - The Boy From Bude


How people talk in Cornwall can vary from town to town. As part of the BBC Voices project we're keen to find out what words are used in the different parts of the county. Local personality Ray Shaddick discusses words from Bude.

Local personality Ray Shaddick discusses words from Bude.

Ray Shaddick is a well known Cornish voice. For many years he presented BBC Radio Cornwall's Sunday Choice request programme. He still chairs countless charity concerts throughout the county.

The Boy From Bude is a true Cornishman and here is his list of words he's frequently used or heard around north Cornwall.

Ray's words from Bude 

Herewith some phrases used up in God's Country. (in brackets, what the sayings mean)

He's a bit cakey (bit soft or feeble)

Maize as a brish (stupid) or Brish is a Brush.

He sit's there with his mouth abroad (mouth open)

Angletich (a person who cannot keep still.

Shut your bal (keep your mouth shut)

I'm Brave (feeling good)

You look chuff's a maggot (looking miserable)

I'll ferrick around a bit (look for something)

Jiggery Pokery (up to no good)

He's clothes are hanging in lerrup's (Torn clothes)

Tis a new fang (something new)

I'll have a nubbie (a Bun)

Your clothes are a bit rory tory (bright clothes)

Scritching like a pig (a baby crying or a singer)

What a smitch (a room filled with smoke)

Drunk as a handcart

Full's an egg (having hads a good meal)

Laughing like a pisky (after someone has had a few drinks)

Rough as rats (a person who does not look well)

Now it's your turn...

Do you live in north Cornwall and know of other words we can add to the list above?

Maybe you use these words as well but live in west Cornwall?

Wherever you live in the county why not send us a list of words you use regularly and we will add them to the website.

With your help we can build up a massive collection of words that are as unique and special as Cornwall is.

Email your words and meanings to the BBC Cornwall website at

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