At times, the lingo in Yorkshire’s Steel City of Sheffield can be hard to grasp but, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve ranked the finest Sheffield insults and compliments, ensuring every one’s a bobby dazzler.
Brrrr! Bit brisk this morning.
*ponders nesh southern attitude to a dip in temperature*
A Sheffield lass takes minus temps in her stride
— Lynne Crookes Pepper (@CrookesPepper) February 15, 2016
Definitely a Yorkshire thing. You’re always cold. Even when it’s not cold. If you find yourself constantly complaining about being a bit nippy, a tad chilly or flippin’ freezin’, a Yorkshire-man is gonna call you nesh!
Use it in a sentence: “You don’t need a coat, don’t be nesh!”
— Dialectable (@Dialectable_) February 4, 2016
As a Derby lass, I was surprised upon moving to Sheffield, to find certain words had also made the trip. Mardy is a great example, heard all over the East Midlands and now the North, it’s basically another term for somebody being grumpy or sulky.
Use it in a sentence: “We wan’ed to g’to Corp but ees bein’ reyt mardy.”
Sheffield locals are huge fans of jesting their friends and loved ones, it’s how they show affection sometimes! Barmpot is a classic example of ‘idiot’ or ‘pillock’ that’s commonly heard in Sheffield.
Use it in a sentence: “By’eck, ees a barmpot that lad.”
6. Daft apeth
@Forestieri11 WOW. If you go to Sheffield Wednesday 😂😂 As we say up north, you daft apeth!
— Nicholas LUFC Raine (@NicholasRaine) August 29, 2015
Typically, a term of endearment rather than an insult, daft apeth is a popular Northern (specifically Lancastrian based) way of saying ‘muppet’. Arguably a phrase that’s going out of fashion nowadays, it’s quite common around Sheffield.
Use it in a sentence: “Thas nowt wrong wi-it, yer daft apeth.”
5. Bobby dazzler
— Jamie Sanderson (@Jamie_S88) May 5, 2014
Quaint little Northern term for somebody who scrubs up well. If you make a special effort for a night out or look particularly eye-catching on a random Tuesday, you might be awarded the compliment of being dubbed a bobby dazzler.
Use it in a sentence: “Our lass is a reet bobby dazzler!”
— Joe Harkin (@joe_harkin) January 31, 2015
Another idiot equivalent. Ruder than berk. Less insulting than prat. Heard all over the North of England and originally a mish-mash of two words – one of them being plonker, we’ll leave you to guess the other!
Use it in a sentence: “Ee’ lad, whaddya do tha’ for, you dozy twonk.”
A term for somebody who is being grumpy, in Yorkshire it’s another common way of expressing affection whilst also jesting with someone. Tip: don’t look this up on Urban Dictionary, you’ll get the non-Northern, explicit version of this term and it’ll ruin it for you forever.
Use it in a sentence: “‘Ow do, buggerlugs.”
Capstick Comes Homehttps://t.co/AozZrRaoSH
Wazzock, British informal
A stupid or… http://t.co/RTK4nzM3x9
— Ian Robinson (@theyorkiebloke) February 12, 2015
Popularised in Yorkshire during the 80’s by “Capstick Comes Home”, wazzock is another common replacement for idiot. Again it’s meant as an insult but spoken without malice – believed to relate to ‘wazz’ (Northern slang for urination).
Use it in a sentence: “You great useless spawny-eyed parrot-faced wazzock.” (Tony Capstick, 1981)
Commonly used as a term similar to ‘doh’, this word is known for being a way of pointing out that somebody said something a bit dim. However, in Yorkshire is also used as a term of endearment, similar to darling! Aww…
Use it in a sentence: “Aye, fair to middlin’, doy.”
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