BRADFORD and Yorkshire are well known for their unique words and phrases for a wide variety of things

Some sayings are peculiar either to Bradford or God’s Own County. Some might be used in other parts of the country, whether they were taken from here or elsewhere.

Here is a list for starters and I’m sure you have many, many more, so over to you, leave them, with their meanings, in the comments section below.

Cracking the Flags: When then sun comes out and the hot temperatures arrive, this is the phrase that’s used

Doilum: Yorkshire word for a fool or idiot, often could be used to describe the drivers on Channel 5’s Police Interceptors

Daft apath: Silly person

Aye: Simply means yes

Bratferd: Not a typo by me but how many people in Bradford pronounce the city

Sen: Means self

Corporation pop: Tap water

Bob Into: To go into, as in ‘bob into the pub’.

Ginnel: a way to describe an alleyway.

Scraps: Those lovely loose bits of batter in your fish and chips.

Owt fer nowt: To get something for nothing

Nobbling: To kid or trick someone.

Allus: meaning always. “I allus wash behind me ears.”

Bagsy: meaning to claim something for yourself. “Bagsy me in the front seat” (of the car).

‘eck: meaning hell. “Ooh blooming ‘eck, are you alright?”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Faffin’: meaning messing about. “Stop faffin’ wi yer ‘air, it looks fine.”

Lass: meaning girl, wife or woman

Lug ‘ole: meaning ear. “lend me your lug’oles, I have some news for yer.”

Manky: disgusting

Narky: moody, sullen, sulky. “She’s narked off at sommat.”

Parky: Not just former City manager Phil Parkinson, but a meaning for cold

Flummoxed: Means stumped over something

Gormless: Is often used to describe someone who is a bit erm…clueless

Starved through: Very cold

Chuffin’: A phrase you’ll often hear said by Billy Pearce at the Bradford panto

Gradely: Very good or satisfying

Offcumdun: Someone not from Yorkshire

Bairns Laiking: Children playing

Sithee: Goodbye, see you later, contraction of See Thee. “Aye lad, Sithee!“

Summat: something. “I need summat to do at the weekend.”

Wang: to throw. “Wang it over here!”

Waller: person

Middlin’: OK, fair, average. “I’m fair t’middlin, thanks.”

Mithering: annoying or bothering; ‘stop mithering me’

Giz: give me.

Gander: look; ‘let’s have a gander at that’

Cadge: Borrow’ ‘can I cadge a lift off you?’

Gawp: To stare’ ‘what you gawping at?’

Scran: Food

Tab Hanging: Listening in (to a conversation)