Wednesday, 23 May 2012
The Dialect Questionnaire: Responses from a Helmsley Resident
The map below shows the distance from Helmsley (B) to Ryedale Folk Museum (A).
A male Helmsley resident answered the questions below using the following words in the 1950s .
Question: If you haven’t drunk anything for a long time, you will be very... Answer(s): dry or thirsty
Question: What is left at the bottom of your teacup when you’ve finished drinking the tea? Answer: tea-leaves
Question: If you haven’t eaten any food for a long time, you will be very... Answer: hungry
Question: What do you call something that you eat between meals? Answer: lowance
Question: What do you say you’ve got when your head hurts? Answer: the headwark
Question: What do you call a very small piece of wood that has got into your finger? Answer: spell
Question: What do you call any running water smaller than a river? Answer: beck
He was a respondent who participated in the Survey of English Dialects.
His answers show a snap shot of some of the regional dialect words used in Helmsley over 60 years ago.
Coming next on Ryedale Folk Museum's blog: the results of the Dialect Questionnaire Project: Part 1.