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Free the Word: Twittens

28 September 2017

Twitten by James Brookes

BBC Sussex

Twittens by James Brookes

An alleyway. From listeners to BBC Sussex.

This is the twisting, narrow line that leads your mind astray, the distance between ‘stay-at-home’ and ‘restless want-away’.

def | an alleyway.

There were a number of alleyway suggestions when we asked the public to suggest their local words, including scutchel, jitty, ginnel, and twitten. These last two were chosen for the Leeds and Sussex poets respectively... Ginnel is now found throughout the Midlands and north of England and especially in Greater Manchester and parts of Yorkshire, where such alleyways are an intrinsic part of the urban environment, finding their way into poems by Simon Armitage, Ted Hughes, and Sean O’Brien among others.

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