Essex Speak

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Maestro, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

    Romford, Essex
    Just thought I would post this, so that all those from outside Essex who are comong to Hadleigh for the Tmp concert can understand what the locals are on about. Hope this helps.....

    A -Z of Essex English

    ASSA COMMONS - Our Parliament Building.

    ART ATTACK - Extremely perturbed, as in "Don't tell Sharon, She'll have an art attack."

    ARST - Past tense of ask. "Jordan, I must've arst ya free fazzund time to clear up yer room."

    BANNSA - A person employed to deny access or eject troublemakers at a
    club. "Dave's got izself a job as a bannsa."

    BANTY - A chocolate and coconut snack bar.

    BAVE - To wash oneself.

    BOAF - The two. "Oi Dave, ooja fancy most, Sharon or Tracy?" “Boaf” is
    the reply.

    BRANSATCH - Motor racing circuit in Kent.

    CANCEL - Administrative body of a town. "Darren, wive ad annuvva letter
    from the cancel."

    CANTAFIT - Fake, as in money.

    CHOONA - An edible fish purchased in a tin and usually prepared with

    CORT A PANDA - A big hamburger (smaller than an arf panda)

    DAAAN – Not up

    DAN TO URF - Sensible, practical.

    DANNING STREET - Where the Prime Minister lives.

    DANSTEZ - On the ground floor , where the biggest telly is.

    DREKKUN - Do you consider? as in "Which dog drekkun'll win the next

    EFTY - Considerable. "Ere, Trace, this credit card bill's a bit efty."

    EJOG - A small, spiky animal (hedgehog).

    ERZ - Belonging to her.

    EVVY - A big geezer who protects a smaller and more intelligent geezer,
    usually for money. "My name's Frank and this is my evvy, Knuckles."

    EYEBROW - Cultured, intellectual.

    FANTIN - A jet of water for drinking or ornament.

    FARVA - A posh way of saying Dad.

    FATCHA - Margaret, British Prime Minister 1979 - 1990.

    FAZZUND – A number 1 more than 999

    FINGY - A person or object whose name doesn't come to mind. "I got it on
    wiv fingy last night."

    FONG - Skimpy undergarment.

    FOR CRYIN AT LAAD - Mild expletive showing annoyance or surprise. E.G.
    "For cryin at lad, Britney, if I say Yes will you give it a rest?"

    GAWON - Go on. "Gawon Darren, eat ya granny's cabbage, it'll do yer

    GIVE IT LARGE - To be thorough or enthusiastic.

    GRAND - A football stadium. "It all wennoff atside the pub near the “grand."

    HAITCH - Letter of the alphabet between G and I.

    IBEEFA - The Spanish holiday island.

    IFFY - Dubious. "Ere, Trace, I fink this bread pudding you made last munf's a bit iffy."

    INT - Indirect suggestion. " I gave Darren a sort of int that it was time to wash iz feet."

    IPS - An unknown area of a woman's body to which chocolate travels. "That Mars Bar will go straight to me ips."

    JA - Do you, did you. "Ja like me new airdo, Sharon."

    JACKS - Five Pound note. "Lend us a jacks, wilya?"

    JAFTA - Is it really necessary? "Oi mate, jafta keep doing that?"

    KAF - Eating house open during the day.

    KAFFY - A girl's name.

    LAD - Noisy. "Jordan, turn that music daaan, it's too lad."

    LARJ - Enjoying oneself.

    LEVVA - Material made from the skin of an animal.

    LOTREE - Costs £1 for a ticket.

    MA BLARCH - An arch near Hyde Park.

    MAFFS - The study of numbers.

    MANOR - Local area.

    *****R - An unattractive person (usually woman).

    NARRA - Lacking breadth, with little margin. "Mum wannid to come rand
    but changed er mind. That was a narra escape."

    NARTAMEAN - Do you know what I mean? (sometimes used as janartamean).

    NEEVA - Not one nor the other.

    NES - National Elf Service.

    OAF - A solemn declaration of truth or committment.

    OLLADAY - Time taken away from home for rest and adventure.

    ONNIST - Fair and just, without a lie. "I never did it, onnist."

    OPPIT - Go away , as in "Oi you, oppit."

    PADDA PUFF - Soft, lacking aggression. "They're alright up front but they got a padda puff defence."

    PACIFIC - Specific.

    PAFFUL - Having much power or strength.

    PAIPA - Sun, Mirror etc.

    PANS AN ANNSIS - Imperial weight system.

    PLAMMANS - A pub lunch usually made up of cheese and bread.

    QUALIDEE - Good, as in "West 'Am's new striker's qualidee."

    RAND - A number of drinks purchased for a group.

    RANDEER - Locally. "There ain't much call for it randeer."

    REBAND - Period of recovery after rejection by a lover. "I couldn't 'elp it. I was on the reband from Craig."

    ROOFLESS - Without compassion.

    SAFF - A direction of the compass, opposite north.

    SAFFEND - An Essex seaside town.

    SAWTED - Done, arranged, resolved.

    SEEVIN - Very angry. "I woz seevin when I urd wot 'e sed."

    TALENT - Attractive members of the opposite sex. "Dave's gan dan tan to eye up the talent."

    TAN ASS - A modern terraced house.

    TOP EVVY - A woman of plentiful bosom. "Ere look at that, Darren, she's
    well top evvy."

    UG - An unattractive person. "Sharon's new geezer's a bit of an ug."

    UMP - Upset, as in Got the Ump.

    VACHER - A document which can be exchanged for goods or services. "I got a vacher to get in cheap at Forp Park."

    WANNED UP - Tense. "I'm all wanned up at the moment."

    WAWAZUT? - I beg your pardon.

    WENNOFF - A fight commenced as in "It all wennoff".

    YAFTA - You must : "Even if yer guilty, yafta av mitigating circumstances."

    YOOF OSTALL - A place where holidaymakers can stay the night.

    ZAGGERATE - To suggest something is better or bigger than is true. "Craig,
    I must've told ya a fazzund times already." "Don't zaggerate, mum."
  2. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    The engine room
    Just a minor point on your wonderful vocabulary of Estuary English, but surely the phrase GIVE IT LARGE - To be thorough or enthusiastic, would be spelt Gi' it Large, with the Glottal stop in evidence.
  3. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

  4. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    Wow mate, truely bi-lingual now, Norfolk and Essex. And as we both know there is no point in learning anything to do with Suffolk!
  5. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    Shame I didn't live in Essex longer than I did when I was a kid (was there aged 3-6)... I could have learnt much more of the local speech! :biggrin: Reconise a few of them though of course ;)
  6. tubadaz

    tubadaz Member

    Wow, that brought back all those happy memories from my college days in East London!! :)
  7. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    The engine room
    To the people who have no idea as to the purpose of this thread may I just point out that the general usage of these words is not in fact limited to Essex, but also to parts of London within a mile of the city. Luckily for you lot I don't type as I speak. otherwise it would be something along the lines of

    Youse lot ooh ain't got a scooby what I'm rabbiting on abaht, this fred is abaht commun yousidge in the capitall and the owtskirts
  8. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Remember one of life's great ironies, LBB? That Glottal Stop has a glottal stop in the middle of it? Ergo the "T" sound is lost, not the "V" sound. Add that the natural tendency of the East Londoner, and his "I'm moving up to live in Essex" cousin to use elisions, the phrase would actually be "Givvi' large".

    This of course, is said by the genuine locals in one syllable.
  9. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

    Romford, Essex
    No arguments here old partner.
    How is the bootiful county? Hopefully it wont be long before I get back home and have a proper mardle!
  10. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    The engine room

    Oh learned bro of mine, I would like to agree with you about the use of the glottal stop and the sound it makes, but alas I can't . The glottal stop is aslo produced when a word such as uh-oh is spoken. The GS is the sound of the two words merging [​IMG]
  11. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Schloss Dachstein
    The glottal stop is more usually used to elide the palated consonants, such as "t", "d", "k" etc.
    This is why Southerners and Geordies can't double tongue. [​IMG]
  12. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Think before you type, Oh learned bro of mine.

    Try saying "give it large" in the manner you describe - I do not believe even you (with lungs and chops capable of playing triple pedals and destroying cornets) can say "Give it" in the same way you'd say "uh-oh".

    An elision is the sound of two words merging - the glottal stop is a sound produced by the sudden opening or shutting of the glottis, effectively substituting for a missing consonant.

    And you know I ain't got THAT much hair.

    Quite true, BMB**. But by 'eck can we southerners single tongue like bilio.

    **Agreeing in case we ever meet,you're wearing those boots and have a long memory...
  13. Jamie

    Jamie Member

    Cornwall/ Nottingham
    Any of you ever done linguistics? The glottal stop does indeed refer to the 'stopping' of the sound with said part of the throat. Its the (lack of) sound in 'butter' as pronounced by someone from the London/Essex region. Try stopping halfway through pronouncing 'butter' (with the glottal stop) and breathe through your mouth... it wont happen because your throat is effectively closed by the vocal folds... hence no sound will come out!

    'Gi' it large' is far more likely to be heard in the north actually, although regional accents and dialects vary so much that its hard to place any utterance anywhere specifically. Especially when travel and communication technologies make it far easier for them to mix... :rolleyes:
  14. baribari

    baribari Member

    on a similar note...

    two old boys watching the game in Ponty, south wales...

    "Wossa score 'en, Dai?"
    "We're winnin' twinny sem lem, but!"
    "Gavenenson playin Dai?"
    "Aye, but..."

    ...I said similar not same....
  15. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
    This should be made a sticky so that some of us can refer to it on a regular basis to interpret some of the post on here ;)

    It also reminded me of a store sign I saw at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset (or should I say Zomerzet) - the sign informed patrons that the store (sorry, shop) was open and read: "We be open we be".

    Long live the English language and thank God I learned it as a first language :)
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