The Dawley Dictionary

Twenty-two years before the Ironbridge was erected across the Severn, the first English Dictionary was penned by Samuel Johnson.  Although we doubt very much that English as a language was in any danger of disappearing, that’s not the case for many minority languages where the native speakers are getting fewer in numbers, and those left struggle to understand their dialect. Scroll forward to 2012 and the unique ‘Dawley Dictionary’ phrasebook being compiled by the AFC Telford United Dawley Supporters Group has a few gaps, that maybe you can help to fill.

A
Ackadock - Neighbouring village of Aqueduct
Ammer – Hammer

B
Bist, - The verb to be shows its Germanic origins, eg, German du bist, Dawley thee bist.
Bonk, - Bank as in Dawley Bonk
bost – Broken
William Ball, - The Shropshire giant
Benny Wood, - Benny used to hitch hike to Wellington
bostin, – lovely
bistna  - “Bistna gonna do that, bist?” “you’re not going to do that are you?”

C
Cognoggin - Large sandwich
Cowd – Cold ‘Cowd enough fer bootlaces’
cust - Could
cock, cocker - mate
conner - can’t,
clemmed - ‘Clemmed (starving) to death’

D
Dunna - Do not
dower – door

E
Edith Pargeter – Famous author
Ellis Peters – resident and employee of chemist on high street

F
Fryin pon - Frying pan
Fatty Folks- Largest goal keeper to play at Wembley
flower – floor

G
Greet – ‘Nothin’ greet is ezey’ Captain Webb

H
Hossay – Horsehay, a neighbouring village

I
Inna –  Is not

J
Jannock - Honest
Jockey, - .Friend
Jerry Rails – White Hart Pub

K
Knowst – Do you know?

L
Larrup, - ‘Gizza a pint a larrup’ (beer),
Langley cow shed – langlrey county school

M
Mairt, - Friend
Malias, –  Shop pronounced Malisas
mon – man

N
Nesh –  Feel the cold

O
Ow - How
opples - ‘When they towd me at school that A was for Opples & P was for tatoes it was all over for me’,
Opengates - Oakengates
okkud – awkward

P
Parva - Old word for village – Dawley Parva,
Preeces – Oldest shop on high street

Q

R
Rechabites – Group based in Chapel on high street, campaigning against alcohol

S
Shunna, - Shouldn’t
Shammocks, -  ‘Shift thee shommocks’ (legs),’
Sid -  I anna sid im’ I haven’t seen him
suck – boiled sweets

T
Tatoes – thee’t Potatoes

U

V

W,
wur’st, - ‘Wur’st bin? Thur an back to see ow far it is’
Matthew Webb, - First man to swim the channel
wench - young woman
wunna - will not

X

Y
Ya - ‘An any on ya got an onion on ya?’ Has anyone of you got an onion
‘ya wot’ – pardon

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If you are interested in the history of Dawley, then have a gander at http://www.dawleyheritage.co.uk

Pete Jackson