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Gaffer Haulier/Gaffer Halier
Usually pronounced 'gafferalier'. It means a boss, someone in charge and is obviously derived from the name given to the man in charge of pit ponies.

Gambo
Originally a farm cart, a dray, but used in Wenglish to mean a vehicle which is lacking in refinement and performance; "That's car's a bit of a gambo, like?"

Gammy
Lame, as in "Pooer dab, he've still got his gammy leg... " This word is believed by some to be a derivation of the Welsh word 'igam-ogam' meaning zig-zag.of

Gerraway
Local expression showing disbelief.

Gibbed
Failed to keep a promise; "He promised faithful 'e'd do it - but at the last minute he gibbed. Let me down rotten he did!"

Give
(a) Prefer, as in "Give me shopping there any day - it's a lot easier!"
(b) An unspecified threat; "If you don't behave yourself I'll give you - now, in minute!"

Giving in
Yeilding, as in "There was one 'ell of a row but she atto do the giving in, in the end."

Gip/Gyp
Great pain. as in "This 'and keeps giving ne gyp - it's chronic - honest!"

Glad and Sorry
On the "never-never"; glad to have it, sorry to have to pay for it.

Glycereen
The Wenglish pronunciation for Glycerine. Another word treated thus is paraffin, pronounced parafeen

Go by
Rely upon, as in "You can go by him any time."

Good
Definite; "There was a godd fifty in there, I'd say!"

Goods
Provisions, as in "There's not many shops will deliver your goods for you these days!"

Gone
Reached a point; "I'm gone. I jest (just) don't care no more!", or "You gorrw admit, she've gone to look proper old lately."

Gone!
Vanished, as in "When I went to look for it again - there is was Gone!"

Goosegogs
Wenglish for 'gooseberries'.

Gorrw
Wenglish for 'got to'

Got
Have, as in "Real nice it was, when I first had it, but now I've got no looks on it at all."

Graft
Toil, work, as in ".... bit of hard graft he could do with!"

Grain
A sparkle of cleanliness; "There's lovely grain on everything with her." From the Welsh 'graen.

Great
Much used in Wenglish with a long 'a' sound - 'graate', to mean 'splendid'' "We had a graate time - we're really glad we went!"

Grizzle
To complain, to moan, as in "Always grizzlin(g) about something or other, her is - he's a real misery!"

Gummel
To get one's gummel up is to be truly prepared and in the right frame of mind; "Just wait til I get my gummel up - I'll square him!"

Gwli
The back lanes of valley houses, providing a possible example of a verbal 'endangered species' since this splendid word does not seem to be heard as much nowadays as once it was. It will surely be a pity if lovely expressions like the following were to disappear; "Those kids of 'ers - comin' in like the road after playing out the back in the gwli!"