Expensive; "I was after one of those videos but it was too salty for me, so I had to leave it where it was!"
Wenglish for 'sandwich'.
Local word for 'perfume'
The name by which the 11-plus selective exam was once known.
See is she in
See if she is in; "Knock the door and see is she in?"
See off ;"I couldn't send her on the bus, but I sent her a bit of the way."
Wenglish for 'scratched'
Screech. Another surviving Welsh word. It is also used to denote a disagreeable person; "A proper ol' scretch she is!"
(a) Wages, salary. It used to be said that someone was getting a 'good screw' for his work. For obvious reasons it cannot be used today without being quite misunderstood.
(b) Pronounced in the Welsh manner with an open sound to the 'e' (as in 'egg'). It mean a sharp-tongues woman, a shrew; "Real old screw she is - nothing good to say about anyone."
Not used to mean 'pleasant' or 'agreeable' as this Welsh word really suggests, but in a sarcastic manner to denote a miserable person; "Look out, here comes old serchus!"
As in standard English, but always accompanied by 'for'; "For shame on you, carrying on like that!"
In a dreadful mess; "When he had finished wilmuntin in my chest of drawers, it was all shandivang!"
(a) System or fashion; "There's no shape on 'er round the 'house." or "It was hard work, but I managed it some shape.", or "I tried my best, but it was the same shape it was when I finished!"
(b) Stir, bestir; "Shape yourself will you - we're off now in a minute!"
(a) Sternly, as in "If 'e don't take no notice, I'll affto speak to him sharp!".
(b) Cold, as in "It's a sharp one this morning!"
(c) 'On the ball', clever; "You carn fool 'im - 'e's a sharp one."
(d) Cheat; one who cheats at cards is a 'card-sharp'
Greatly surprised, shocked; It shook him rigid when they gave him his cards for being late!"
A Welsh expression for a general store, a shop that sells 'everything'.
Longing for; "When we got back after taking the dog out, I was sinking for a cup of tea."
Spoken in hushed tones when I was young, It showed the final abandonment of hope in a serious illness; "Poor dab, there's no 'ope for 'im now - 'e's sinking fast."
Quickly, as in "They'll be here before long now, I better make some cake sharpish...!"
One who's dress left much to be desired, as in "Haven't you got something tidy to wear? - you look a proper Sioni Dai in them old things."
Manage, as in "She's 'opless 'round the 'ouse and 'er kids do afto shift for themselves!"
Awry, askew, as in "You haven't hung that picture straight - it's all skew-wiff with you.... "
Surreptitious, and illicit visits to, e.g. the pantry.
Slap it off
Wear too often, as in "Take youer new coat off - mustn't slap it off, you need something for best!"
(a) A measurement of daftness, as in "I don't know what to make of him - he's a twp as a sledge these days!"
(b) Stupidly; "I don't know what comes over her sometimes - there's times she do talk like a sledge!"
A small shovel used for caol, cinders etc.
Wenglish for 'trilby'.
Not as bad as didoreth - but almost!; "She've always been slummocky - there's not much shape on her!"
An accident, particularly in the pit.
Smack in front
Directly, as in "When you get there, you'll see the shop youer after - smack in front of you!"
Smack in the chops
A disappointment, as in "... she didn't get it after all - real smack in the chops it was!"
The Welsh habit of using a double adjective is echoed in Wenglish so that one hears, "Oh it was small small - you could 'ardly see it!". One also hears about "a small little man", or a "big 'uge factory."
A herbal drink remembered with great affection from childhood - does anyone make this 'nectar' nowadays?
Soc, in a...
Unconscious, as in ""She's not taking any notice, that girl behind the counter - must be in a soc or something!"
Sorry (in) his/her heart
Extremely sorry for, as in "When 'e told 'er about all the bother, 'e'd been in, she was sorry (in) 'er 'eart for 'im."
So there for you
That's it!; "That's all you're getting so there for you!"
Local word for 'courting'
In hopeful anticipation, as in "... only went there on spec, we did...!"
A period of time, as in "... and after being on the line, I had a spell down the pit..."
Unwilling, as in "Sorry the fires slow coming - being spiteful it is!"
Talking; "Where's 'e off spouting tonight then?"
Tripped; "'E spragged 'imself when 'e trood (trod) on 'is own coat, bending down ..." A sprag was used in the colliery; it was a bar (cog-stick) inserted into a dram (tram) wheels to stop them running backwards. This led to another local expression, "I soon put a sprag in that!" (I soon put a stop to that!).
Anotehr word for a sharp tongued person.
Prying and interfering (of Welsh origin possible?)
Chapped by cold weather
Holes in stockings
Deal with; "... any more of 'is nonsense and I'll square 'im I will!"
A comical or whimsical person; "... the things 'e comes out with - 'e's a star turn!"
Person; "You never know where you are with 'im, funny ol' stick he is!"
Stitch, every whip...
With monotonous regularity; "I don't like to pass remarks but there's no peace to be 'ad - he's 'round 'ere every whip stich!"
When the pubs and clubs close
In a direct manner; "I've had just about as much as I can take, and I told 'er straight!"
Anything at all; "... 'elp 'er? - 'e don't do a stroke, if 'e can 'elp it!"
Improve; "You'll afto alter youer stroke, my lady, when you start that new job!"
Impressed, as in "I went to the sales as usual, but I wasn;t struck with anything there."
The core of an apple; "Mingy he is - he didn't even leave me the stump!"
Disappointment; "He had a real suck-in with that = he thought he was going to walk it!"
An example of a word which is now an endangered 'species'. Thirty years ago, a local person, impressed by something said, would almost certainly have said "Oh there's swanky!". Nowadays, the response will surely be "Oh there's posh!". The word 'swank' is still to be heard.
A much enjoyed local loaf of bread.
(a) Empty and rinse the teapot
(b) Have a quick wash, as in "You better swill youer hands in the bosh before youer dinner."