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Dai-cap
The flat cap much favoured by colliers in days gone by and still popular locally.

Dab
(a) Creature or thing, as in "Pooer dab, she do 'ave a lot to put up with 'im... " or
(b) "He's won the Bingo again - lucky dab!"

Dab-hand/ Dab 'and
Excelling at something; "She's a dab-(h)and with 'er Welsh cakes!"

Dad-cu/Tad-cu
Usually mutated to dadcu with accent on the second syllable; the South Wales word for Grandfather. North Welsh people say 'taid'

Danted/Daunted
At the end of one's tether; "When you think what she gorrw put up with, it's no wonder she do get danted...!"

Dap it down
To place thoughtlessly; "A course you carn find youer glasses - youer always dappin(g) them down without thinkin(g)

Dap
(a) The same size and shape as "He's the same dap as his father exactly!"
(b) An article of footwear for games and P.E.
(c) The right thing; "Just my dap, this is!"

Daro
probably an euphamism for 'damn'; "Daro, I've just about had all I can take of this... !"

Deep
Difficult to understand; "The ministers a nice man, but I find his sermons very deep."

Depends (no...)
Reliability, as in; "Goodness knows when he'll turn up - there's no depends on 'im at all!"

Deuce/Diws/Dukes
An expletive term, a corruption of and euphamism for, 'Duw', the Welsh for 'God'; "Oh deuce, I've gone and lost it again!"

Didoreth
A Welsh word for which the dictionary offers only the quite inadequate 'feckless' as a meaning. It remains the worst thing that may be said about any local housewife since it means "There's no shape on 'er round the 'ouse.... there's no grain on 'er washing - and 'er 'usband, pooer dab, do afto shift for 'imself!""

Diflas/as diflas as pechod
As miserable as sin; a truly splendid example of mixed translation from Welsh,

Dock
To deduct; "They docked 'im half a turn for being late."

Dodges
Tricks, ploys, as in "He's the one to ask about that - he knows all the dodges for sure... "

Done in/Done up
Tired out
c.f. wanged-out

Done up
(a) Improved, 'tarted-up'; "It looks lovely with them now, they've had the whole (whool) place done up!"
(b) Dressed to kill; "Off she went on 'er date - all done up to the nines!"

Don't say stories!
Wenglish for "Don't tell lies".

Dose
(a) An attack of an illness, similar to 'bout; "She've 'ad a nasty dose of flu'/bronchitis/ etc., etc., "
(b) To take precautions, as in "I'd better dose myself up - I've got a nasty cold coming on I think..."

Dowt
Extinguish a candle/fire etc - a good example of an English dialect word found in Wenglish

Dragged up
c.f. brought up under a tub

Dravers
Long underwear

Dribs and Drabs
A little at a time, as in"That's the trouble with them in that shop - only in dribs and drabs they get things in!"

Dust (the...)
Silicosis - the miner's dreaded disease.