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26 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Yorkshire

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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 the 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 Services 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 15ºC.
What it means in Yorkshire: Anything above 5ºC.

15. “Shorts weather”

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

16. “Summer”

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What it means everywhere else: A season lasting from May to 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 Ts.

18. “Lancashire”

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What it means everywhere else: A county in northwest 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 loathsome 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 savoury 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: Goodbye.

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Dan Dalton is a staff writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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