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Why are Yorkshiremen called Tykes?

Posted by MarkRockEmDead on February 25, 2004

Cem up in conversation at work t'other day. Why dost tha' call thi'sen Tykes someone asked mi. Eeh, lad, ah'll not mind confessing that am bahrt knowledge on such a reason ah said to 'im.

I can't find it on the net.
Does anyone else know why us Yorkshire men are called Tykes?