Monday, 27 April 2015

LYBS: My hometown (Part One) - learn the local lingo (language)

Hello again and welcome to the last LYBS prompt for April.

'My hometown' has changed a couple of times in my life due to studies but the majority of my life, my family home and the place that I now live is smack bam in the market town of Mansfield, Nottinghamsire (UK). There's so much to say about it that there have literally been books written about it but here on my blog I will split it into two bite size chunks for you. This first part is a bit about the geography and history of Mansfield and on Wednesday I will be showing you Mansfield in my eyes and telling you about all of my favourite places to visit! Enjoy :)

The town is surrounded by villages that were once predominantly occupied by miners who worked in one of the pits in the area. Clipstone still has it's headstocks which were the tallest in Europe when they were built. They are somewhat controversial in the local area with some people arguing that they should be demolished with others arguing that they are an important part of our heritage and should be kept. They are currently Grade two listed which means that they are protected. Apparently different variations of language merged throughout generations of pit workers as miners moved to the area from all over England. *There's a fun challenge for you at the end of this post... see if you can talk like you're from Mansfield?
We get a lot of tourists visiting our area due to the popular Centre Parcs holiday village and the famous Major Oak in Sherwood Forest (famed of course because of Robin Hood). The church that I got married in has an oak cross that marks the centre of the original forest (before industry and housing and apparently churches were built).
The Olympic swimmer, Rebecca Adlington is originally from Mansfield (her childhood home is not far from where I live) and after her success in the Beijing Olympics she opened a swimming centre not far from the town centre. One of the town pubs also briefly changed it's name to "The Adlington Arms" as well following her success. Paralympic swimmers Ollie Hynd MBE and his brother, Sam are also both from Mansfield (must be something in the water!)
I feel so lucky that I am really good friends with a member of Cantamus Girls Choir. I have seen her perform lots of times in various concerts and I am so proud whenever I see her sing with the choir. They have won lots of competitions and awards. My friend will leave the choir later this year because she will be going to university but I know she will continue to support them - and so will I!

Whilst I was at university (in Bedford) a lot of my friends thought I was quite northern because of my accent. That being said, I don't typically speak with the local dialect of Mansfield (because my parents used to correct me whenever I slipped up).

Here's the fun bit... Try and pronounce the following mansfieldisms...
Ay up
Be Or-rate


Here's a sentence written in broad Mansfield for you to try:
Ay up mi duck(to a female)/youth (to a male). 'Ow's yer Mam? Tell 'er I got 'er some tuffies an' cobs from shop. Ta-dar.

It means:
Hello friend (it could be a relative). How is your Mum? Tell her That I've bought her some sweets and bread rolls from the shop. Goodbye (to a friend).

 Did you find it difficult to speak like you're from Mansfield? Do you have any "funny" names for standard things like cob for bread roll or tuffy for sweet? I love studying dialects (I think it's something to do with my theatre training). Let me know if you have ever been to Mansfield. Did you visit any of the places I have mentioned?
Make sure you check back on Wednesday for Part two: My town in my eyes. 
 Love and hugs to you all.


  1. Both Mr S and your Mam (haha) always call me Duck. Great Grandad Browning always called me Duck too. I guess that's to do with people moving around the country as well. The one we always seem to discuss when you talk about places (like Bicester and Worcester) that aren't pronounced the way they are spelt is Mansfield Woodhouse - I still correct myself after saying it wrong lol.

    1. P.s. I've still never made it to Major Oak as it's alway been too wet or there's not been enough time. We've been to Rufford a couple of times but most of the times we do stop we visit one or two special houses and that's about it lol. I feel a road trip coming on!

    2. Hannah, I'm going to listen out for my mum using Duck hehe. You picked up a really good one that I missed with woodhouse. I really don't know how to type the pronunciation of that one... Also rainworth. I say them both as they are spelt but people from the area don't. Very funny when I think of it! Why is Bicester pronounced bister? Lol and Worcester pronounced wuster?! Very funny! I love accents and pronunciation! I'm going to have a field day in Liverpool aren't I?!

  2. That is too cool!! We have a different lingo here in North Carolina too!! We say things like y'ontto (Do you want to?), and gully-washer (when it rains so hard it washes out the ditches/gullies)! Great post!

    1. Tricia, I think I am going to have to adopt that rain saying and put it in my bank of vocab for when it next rains here! Popular sayings over in England are "it's raining cats and dogs" or "it's raining stair rods out there". Very funny! I love picking phrases up from different places. We met a lovely family from North Carolina when we were in America. The little boys kept trying to copy our English accent (and trying to talk like the queen - which I assure you, I don't do! haha)