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February 14, 2014 4:36 AM   Subscribe


"What does he like to eat. What does he like for tea?"

I was just waiting for her to say in that wonderful accent "Tea? We'd be lucky to have a cup of tea. A cup o' cold tea. Without milk or sugar.... Or tea. In a cracked cup and all."
posted by three blind mice at 4:49 AM on February 14, 2014 [11 favorites]

I wanted her to tell me what Jon Snow knows.
posted by R. Schlock at 4:57 AM on February 14, 2014 [20 favorites]

good lord
posted by gorbichov at 4:59 AM on February 14, 2014

posted by orme at 5:08 AM on February 14, 2014 [8 favorites]

Cute overload! I laughed.
"Fenton wasn't even born yet, was he?"
"Noooo. He were daddy's toommeh!"
posted by evilmomlady at 5:50 AM on February 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

She's great. For fellow Americans who like a good Northern England accents, check out the UK version of Shameless (streaming on Netflix). The way they pronounce the name "Katie" is... impossible to depict using human orthography.

I know Yorkshire and Mancunian accents aren't the same, but they are close enough for this American's ears.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:04 AM on February 14, 2014

Ooh int she luvleh.

(Married to Yorkshirewoman, lived in Rotherham for 8 years)
posted by GallonOfAlan at 7:24 AM on February 14, 2014

Ooh yah, that's adorbs.

We should have "little girl from Yorkshire" day, where we preface everything with "Ooh yah".
posted by fatbird at 7:26 AM on February 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

... In a cracked cup and all.

posted by The Bellman at 7:29 AM on February 14, 2014 [8 favorites]

Don't forget your copy of "Ee by Gum, Lord" The Gospels in Broad Yorkshire. Which sounds like this. And Monty Python was already there.
posted by zaelic at 7:54 AM on February 14, 2014

From the Bible in Yorkshire: "Aye up Moses," says this Angel of God who were int bush. "How's tha bin?"
"Aye up Angel," says Moses. "What's tha want?"
"Don't come any closer," says Angel. "Else tha'll get thi sen scorched bi power of God. And tha can tek thi shoes off an'all while tha's at it cos tha's on Holy ground."
Well Moses were fair taken aback I can tell thi. Int every day what a Angel appears in a bush is it? And he were so scared as he daren't look.
"Nar then," Angel says. He were talking for God see so he says, "I am God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, tha knows."
And then he says, dead serious like, he says,
"I've seen what's bin goin on in Egypt like, and I've come to put record straight. Am goin to tek people of Israel out on Egypt and tek 'em to a place what's got land flowing wi' milk and honey and all that stuff.

posted by zaelic at 7:57 AM on February 14, 2014 [16 favorites]

It's bizarre to me to hear a child speak like this, all my Yorkshire relatives are elderly. My great aunt, upon exerting herself in any way, would announce, "Ooh, Ah'm shattered! Coop a cha, loov?"
posted by cali at 8:12 AM on February 14, 2014

I spy a future "Wallace & Gromit" actress.
posted by grumpybear69 at 8:20 AM on February 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

Well, I do believe I may venture to the bottom of our stairs.
posted by Decani at 8:43 AM on February 14, 2014

My great-grandmother was from Yorkshire, and she retained her accent from the time she came to Canada after WWI right through to her death in the 1990s. My great-grandfather, her husband, was from Norfolk; by all accounts, he lost his accent immediately upon arrival in Saskatchewan. I suspect in reality it just seemed that way by comparison.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:22 AM on February 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

My family is from yorkshire (now living in Canada), and I've had to act as a translator when I brought girls home to meet my parents.

It's also not uncommon for my mum to be unable to order water in a restaurant. My wife worked with her to help her pronounce it "wah-der" rather than "wa-tah" in an effort to be understood in North America.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:28 AM on February 14, 2014

I knew I remembered this from somewhere...
posted by laconic skeuomorph at 9:46 AM on February 14, 2014

If me Dad adn't got a job in London when I were a youngun I mightuv ended up speakin like 'er. Instead am a borin old estuary speaker, an a penny-pincher. Yer can tek the man out o' Yorkshire but yer can't tek Yorkshire out o' the man!
posted by Acey at 10:37 AM on February 14, 2014

When I visited the Yorkshire branch of our family when I was about ten, they couldn't understand my California accent. It is a delightful place and the voices are like songs. See also flashback scenes in The Singing Detective.
posted by Kafkaesque at 10:40 AM on February 14, 2014

Say muuuunkaaaay again! Say it!
posted by Justinian at 12:10 PM on February 14, 2014

Ah can't see't video becos it's gone 'not available'. But as ah work wiya lad oos go' a proper Yorkshire accent ah don't need te.
When ah were at uni ah lived wiya lad oo wer from that London. Rart dowen bo'om o London, Ken', a proper Southerner. Next door there were a lass from Newcastle. Ee used to sair biked patayta - see ya layter. She goes beerked potato? Ah don't git it. Anyway, it were funny at time.
One at things that me mate from work does, that were new te me, is he changes words what in a way tha's not like owt I've seen written. Ser lights becomes leets, coat becomes coit, and boots become boits. Anyway, ee says his kids don't understand im alf time.
posted by asok at 12:20 PM on February 14, 2014 [6 favorites]

I think I just grew a uterus.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 1:05 PM on February 14, 2014 [6 favorites]

She's probably about 9 or 10 by now. Would be interesting to hear an update, possibly with some of the same phrases.
posted by Seiten Taisei at 1:49 PM on February 14, 2014

The greatest thing on earth is when my Yorkshire-born friend gets super angry at one of her kids and all the elocution lessons her mother paid for go FLYING out the window, and in flood the thees and thys and other words she never otherwise says. Funniest thing EVER.
posted by at 2:03 PM on February 14, 2014

Adorable. She reminds me of Mrs. Patmore as a little girl.

I have a cousin who grew up in West Yorkshire and still lives there. He and his girlfriend came over to visit our family in California several years ago, and when his girlfriend (who is from Dewsbury) met me she asked, "So you're his coo-zin then, are you?" which made me crack up (to her bewilderment). It caught on and everyone started saying
coo'zin for the rest of the time they were here.
posted by Devils Slide at 2:36 PM on February 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

You can hear Nick from the Up documentary transition from adorable-yorkshire kid to well-spoken-Oxbridge to mid-atlantic god-knows-what in the first few seconds of this clip.

I had a pretty similar accent as a 3 year old, and after university in Bristol and living in Canada/US for 9 years my accent is also an abomination, though I can flip back to a decent Yorkshire accent when "You were lucky to have 'hole in t'ground" type statements demand it.

The ' in "'hole" by the way, is the bit that people almost invariably mess up when attempting the accent, it being a barely-there glottal stop. Makes all the difference though - I think Palin's the only one who really does it properly.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 4:46 PM on February 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

Well Palin is from Sheffield so his glottals are entirely native.

I live in London now but I grew up in West Yorks and miss it daily. Millen sounds like home!
posted by freya_lamb at 1:13 AM on February 15, 2014

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