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Posted by Rob on April 20, 2004

In Reply to: Cumbria posted by ESC on April 20, 2004

: : I am writing a book about working class people in Cumbria in the early 20th century. I'm looking for commonly used phrases used by rural people to add authenticity to my book. I'm having real trouble coming up with anything on the internet, because most of the websites only talk about single words rather than phrases.

: : EG. "nowt" - nothing.

: I can't help -- I'm in the U.S. Some of the other guys might know.

: : whereas I'm looking for something more along the lines of "Lord love you" "if you follow me" "time out of mind"

: : things like that.

: : Can anyone think of any, or provide me with a site likely to contain any phrases of this sort?

Visiting Cumbria a few years ago, they seem to use the word "cock" the same way everyone else uses "mate" when referring to a friend. Took me a while to get used to that!

Can't say I ever remember hearing any other unique sayings, but I'm sure there are some.