Cumberland and Lakeland Dialect – S

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Sair / Sairy                          Poor, pitiable, pitifully  (e.g. “sair jinged” – pitifully tired)

Sarra                                    Serve (e.g. “sarra thoo reet” – serve you right!

Sconce                                 Stone shelf in dairy or pantry for keeping milk & food cool (before fridges!)

Scop                                     Throw

Scran                                   Food

Scrat                                    Scratch, but from Old Norse skratti, a goblin or evil spirit. See Scrattin’ aboot

Scrattin’ aboot                   See “Ratching”

Scrow                                  A mess (the end spoken to rhyme with now, not roe)

Scrunt                                 Apple core

Sec                                       Such  (e.g. “Watt sec fettle?” – What such health are you in? / How are you?)

Seckayyan                          Such-a-one  (e.g. “Seckayyan as yon divvel,” – “Such-a-one as that devil.”)

Set-pot                               A fixed boiler for water, heated by a fire, beneath.

Shift                                    A very old-fashioned shirt or smock, or, nowadays, an undershirt

Shillies                                Shingle, on a beach, or small-stoned scree on a fellside

Si                                          So – pronounced like “see” (e.g. “Ah thowt si.” – “I thought so.”)

Side-up                               Clear up or clean up  (e.g. “Side-up yon scrow!” – “Clear up that mess.”)

Sista                                     Look! (possibly from something like “See’est you!”)

Sk’yull                                 School

Slape                                    Slippery  (e.g. “Cuss, it’s gay slape!” – “Damn, it’s very slippery!”)

Smit                                     A coloured daub-mark on the wool, to show who owns particular sheep

Sneck                                   A door/window latch, or a nose (e.g. “A bat on t’ sneck” – a blow on the nose)

Spell / spelk                        A splinter in one’s flesh.

Sp’yatry                               Aspatria – to show how much dialect pronunciations can differ from English

Stint                                     A right to pasture a set number of sheep or cows on common land

Stirk                                     A young heifer or bullock (i.e. cattle)

St’yan                                  Stone (pron: the ‘st’ as in street and ‘yan’ as a completely separate syllable)

Summat                              Something

Swardle/s                           The Swaledale breed of sheep


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