Yorkshire Dialect & Humour

Today we were entertained by Eric Scaife with his talk entitled “Yorkshire Dialect and Humour”. Prior to the start of the talk Eric had set the scene by decorating the walls of the room with the traditional Yorkshire flags of the white rose on the blue background. He emphasized that Yorkshire is not split into 4 areas, North, South, East and West but into three ridings North, West and East. And that all true Yorkshire men should use the latter when addressing letters (e.g. West Riding of Yorkshire). We got a short history of Yorkshire dating back to the time before the Vikings up to the reorganisation in 1974. The audience were tested on Yorkshire vocabulary and at least one of our members had a translation for even the most obscure dialect word. His jokes pertaining to Yorkshire humour were well received by the mostly “Yorkshire” audience. The odd Lancastrian among us took his comments about the red rose with good grace. There followed several reminiscences and Yorkshire tales from the members.

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