26 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Yorkshire

Aloe, Vera!

1. “Now then.”

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What it means everywhere else: Often used to move things along in a professional/business sense, usually followed by “shall we begin”.
What it means in Yorkshire: Hello.

2. “Aloe vera.”

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What it means everywhere else: Plant species of North African origin, the fleshy leaves of which yield a juice used in skin lotions and for treating burns.
What it means in Yorkshire: How you greet folk named Vera.

3. “Who?”

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What it means everywhere else: Who?
What it means in Yorkshire: What?

4. “Love.”

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What it means everywhere else: A profound, passionate, romantic affection for another person.
What it means in Yorkshire: A stranger whose name you don’t know.

5. “Cock.”

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What it means everywhere else: Cockerel/rooster/male appendage.
What it means in Yorkshire: A stranger whose name you don’t know (when you’re in Wakefield/Pontefract).

6. “Duck.”

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What it means everywhere else: Wild, web-footed, swimming birds, native to lakes and ponds of Britain.
What it means in Yorkshire: A stranger whose name you don’t know (when you’re in Sheffield).

7. “London.”

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What it means everywhere else: Capital city of England.
What it means in Yorkshire: Where we exile folk that don’t belong.

8. “Dinner.”

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What it means everywhere else: Evening meal.
What it means in Yorkshire: Lunch.

9. “Tea.”

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What it means everywhere else: Hot drink brewed from tea leaves.
What it means in Yorkshire: Evening meal.

10. “E-commerce.”

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What it means everywhere else: Trading or buying goods or services over the internet.
What it means in Yorkshire: Having a chat with the local shopkeeper.

11. “Stranger.”

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What it means everywhere else: A person to avoid.
What it means in Yorkshire: A person to greet warmly and introduce yourself to.

12. “South.”

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What it means everywhere else: A cardinal point on a compass, directly opposite North.
What it means in Yorkshire: Anywhere below Leicester Forest Sevices on the M1.

13. “Snicket.”

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What it means everywhere else: Young adult fiction author Lemony Snicket, aka writer Daniel Handler.
What it means in Yorkshire: A public passage between two houses. Also known as a Ginnel.

14. “T-shirt weather.”

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What it means everywhere else: Anything above 15 degrees Celcius.
What it means in Yorkshire: Anything above 5 degrees Celcius.

15. “Shorts weather.”

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What it means everywhere else: Anything above 20 degrees Celsius.
What it means in Yorkshire: Anything above freezing.

16. “Summer.”

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What it means everywhere else: A season lasting from May–August.
What it means in Yorkshire: The August bank holiday weekend.

17. “Posh.”

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What it means everywhere else: People from privileged backgrounds, usually part of the upper classes.
What it means in Yorkshire: Anyone who pronounces their ‘T’s.

18. “Lancashire.”

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What it means everywhere else: A county in North West England.
What it means in Yorkshire: Scum.

19. “Pal.”

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What it means everywhere else: A close friend.
What it means in Yorkshire: Someone you do not like.

20. “Knob.”

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What it means everywhere else: A rounded handle on a door, a dial on a piece of electronic equipment.
What it means in Yorkshire: An idiot.

21. “Dickhead.”

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What it means everywhere else: Someone who displays idiotic or loathesome behaviour.
What it means in Yorkshire: A good friend.

22. “Bellend.”

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What it means everywhere else: The bell-shaped tip of a male appendage.
What it means in Yorkshire: A very good friend.

23. “Pudding.”

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What it means everywhere else: A sweet dessert, usually eaten after a main course.
What it means in Yorkshire: A savory bowl-shaped cake, filled with roast beef and gravy.

24. “Twerk.”

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What it means everywhere else: A type of dancing in which an individual dances to music in a sexually provocative manner with thrusting hip movements.
What it means in Yorkshire: Where Yorkshire folk go Monday to Friday, 9-5pm.

25. “How do?”

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What it means everywhere else: The beginning of a question.
What it means in Yorkshire: A friendly greeting.

26. “Tara.”

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What it means everywhere else: A female name.
What it means in Yorkshire: Good-bye.

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