A Part-Time Dictionary for Haslingdonians
(only to be used now and again!)
UP THEM JOHNNY HORNERS - Again meaning to go up to bed
BONK meaning "Hill" as in "Lets play up Bonk"
CRAMMED not in the correct meaning of tightly packing, but by the meaning of "being annoyed and off hand with everyone"
HOYND or maybe OINED as in the meaning to be pestered
David Cardwell commented "Put wood i'thoyell" meaning to "shut the door after you come in"
Marie Ives commented "My auntie used to say about someone (mainly female) if she was unkempt "who's no shap" she always said who instead of she!
Deborah Armstrong commented "Lets play up Bonk" - Lets play up on Hill
Marie Ives commented that if she wasn't doing a job quick enough her Aunt would say "Cum on get Agate"
Jean Tomlinson Her Grandparents would say "shap thisen" meaning "Com on get going"
Julie Greenhalgh commented "My old boss, if he didn't believe what you said would say "if that's reet I'll show "mi a-se at Big Lamp!" (others say Commercial)"
Marie Ives commented - When I came home and asked Dad where Mum was he always said "Back O Gatties i rain tub" Never knew where Gatties was, does somebody else know who has Hassy roots?
Jean Tomlinson commented - Her Grandparents would say "Slop Stone" meaning stone sink or drain
Michael Mullaney commented: Whilst not claiming its roots in Haslingden, the saying used regularly by Margaret Walsh my Grandmother was "fag ae Bolla thurryup carts coming"
This was brought to Haslingden by the Boston, USA Irish. Its interpretation is "get out of the way the police cart is coming"
Equally when inquiring as to what was for dinner her reply would be "Pigs a-se and cabbage".
Another saying was "Julia Flarter" used in a friendly way to name a difficult girl child.
"Rek O'thi hey" meaning to check how vertically straight with just the eye (forget the plumb-bob)
More local sayings:
Deborah Armstrong commented "Shut your cake hole"
Chris Howarth commented "Buggerluggs"
Raymond Halstead commented "A reet Digdag"
Eunice Parfitt commented, her Gran would say "Its blowin a hooligan out there!"
John R Edwards commented "Gobsh*te" - One who talks a lot of rubbish
Other local sayings/customs etc:
Maureen Nash says "when it was thundering my mum used to say "that God is mad with someone", and when it was lightning she would open both front and back doors, and said that if it strikes this house "it can come in one door and go out of the other"
Derek Whittaker remembers saying "Do you fancy a game of "Knick Knack"? which meant knocking on someone's door and then running away quickly and peering from somewhere to see if they had come and opened the door and looking around for someone
Derek Whittaker tells a Haslingden joke - Went t'vets with t'cat - He said "Is it a Tom"? "No" I said, I brought it with me".
Maybe not just as local but still used today
Derek Whittaker Living together, not married = "living over the brush"
Terry McGuire I'm sure we all knew someone who had done a "moonlight flit"
Terry McGuire "Gormless" (Gaumless) meaning "dopey"
Terry McGuire - "traipsing" meaning to wander about aimlessly
Susan Coyle "Fell Off a Flittin" - You look like you have been dragged through a hedge backwards!
"The Apprentice Initiation"
Go and get me "SOME STRIPEY PAINT FOR BARBER'S POLE"
Go and get me "A LEFT HANDED PAIR OF SCISSORS"
Alternate to Long Stand was:
Go and ask for a "LONG WEIGHT" (a favourite for tacklers!)
Email received from MICHAEL MULLANEY on 4th March 2016 reads:
"A Shrove Tuesday tradition no longer witnessed possibly due to the passing of traditional apprenticeships, was seeing the apprentices who were in their final year being chased around the town by the tradesmen from S.S. Stotts and also the cotton mills, who if caught would be defrocked so to speak and subjected to a similar fate to tar and feathering. If they stayed at liberty until 12 noon they were allowed to return to work as victorious over the tradesmen
8th March 2016 (Apprenticeship Initiations) - Derek Whittaker remembers: - I remember the Shrove Tuesday "shenanigans" mentioned by Michael Mullaney. At Porritts and Spencer's, Sunnybank Mill, it was also thought that no matter what you did before noon as an apprentice you couldn't be sacked. I tested this theory one year by putting senapods in the tea of the other electricians - Teddy Wilkinson, Stan Griffiths, Billy Metcalfe and Jimmy McQuade - Derek