Nottingham colloquial translations to regular English

Nottingham's Council House and Old Market Square
Nottingham’s Council House and Old Market Square

When I moved to Nottingham in the 1970s I made these annotations on a selection of typical phrases used by local colleagues and neighbours.

Some of these idioms have almost vanished from daily use in the last few decades, although you still hear similar phrases in some Nottingham neighbourhoods and in older generations of local people.

A few younger Nottingham residents now have an inflection of ‘Estuary English‘; a euphemism for a mild version of the London and South East accent, which has flourished for hundreds of miles outside of London.





Ay-up midukHello (usually, but not exclusively, to a female)
Ay-up yoothHello (usually to a young male)
Ay-up duckehHello (to a female or child you’re particularly close to)
Ow ya gowin on then, Serri?How are you?
Ta-rar dukGoodbye / goodnight

General terms

Ar (or Aye)Yes
SmorninThis morning
SaftoThis afternoon
TahnTown / city centre
Twitchell / Jyitt-ehAlley or cut-through
KawziPavement / footpath
Oss rowdRoad
Oss / BobboHorse
Tegs / TeggehsTeeth
Dinna / SnapLunch or food
CobBap, barm cake, bun or roll
Just remember IT’S A COB!
Duddos / tuffehSweets
SuckaIce lolly
Knobby greensBrussels sprouts
GizzaGive me / let me have
GozzTo see / look
Dob dahnTo duck or hide
Blubber / blubberingCrying or weeping
Prattin abahtActing stupidly
Pawleh / badlehUnwell
Mard-ehGrumpy, miserable or sulking
Mank-ehDirty / scruffy, or sometimes silly
Suck-ehSomeone of questionable intelligence (a bit thick)
Batch-ehInsane / crazy
Snided / snided outBusy or crowded
Puther / putheringPouring or gushing; water, rain or smoke
ClartySticky or sticks to the roof of your mouth
NeshUnusually susceptible to cold weather
Kroggeh / croggieTo give someone a lift on a bicycle crossbar
ChelpBack chat or insubordination
TherrintThere isn’t
TintIt is not
DintDid not
YoveYou have
Thi-sensYourselves or themselves
Iz-senHis self
AhkiddMy brother / sister

Queries and questions

Ahrode ay-yo?How old are you?
Aya gorra mardilippon?Are you sulking?
Aya gorra wi’ya?Have you got her (wife) with you?
Aya gorrim wi’ya?Have you got him (husband) with you?
Aya gorrowt?Have you any money?
Aya masht miduk?Have you made the tea yet?
Ezz ee sed owt?Did he say anything?
GizzabittCan I have some of your … ?
Jagadahn?Did you go to the Nottingham Forest / Notts County match?
Jo wonn-owt?Would you like anything?
Kannicum annorl?May I come too?
Oo worree wi?Who was he with?
Wair dya wekk?Where do you work?
Wairza booza?Where is the local pub?
Wi or wi’yaut?With or without?
Worree wee iz-sen?Was he alone?
Wotsupp?Is something wrong? / Is everything alright?
Wotyavin?What would you like to drink?
Wot yonn-wee?What are you doing?
Yerwott?I beg your pardon?

Statements and comments

Am goowin wi mi-senI’m going alone / by myself
AnnorlAs well / Also
Av gorrit wimeeI have it with me
Ay aint gorrowtI don’t have anything / any money
Ah dint do owtI didn’t do anything
Ah towd Imm eekud pleez iz-senI told him the decision was his / he could please his self
Ah towdya an al telya namorI’ve told you and I’m not telling you again
Ah’ve gone an dottied mi’senMy hands are dirty
Ah’ve podged mi’senI’ve eaten too much
Batt yu-sen dahnDust yourself off
Bungitt ovvarearPass it to me
Ee-yarHere you are (giving) / let me have that (taking)
E’ wants sum ossmuck inniz bootsHe’s not very tall
Gerra buzz dahn tahnCatch a bus into town
Gerrit dahn-yaPlease eat it / drink it
Gerroff omIt’s time you went home
Gerroff!Get off! (Please go away)
Gerroffahtonnit!Go away / leave it alone!
Gerron wee-itGet on with it (Please continue what you were saying)
Gerrum in thenBuy me a drink
Gerrup, elsal bat ya tabPlease get up or I’ll use violence
Gizza gozzLet me see
Gizza kroggeh / krogTo ask for a lift on a bike
GizzarfonittShare and share alike
Innit codeIt’s cold today
Innit ottIt’s hot today
It meks-ya tabz laffIt has a sour or bitter taste
It-seh bit black ovva bilzmothazIt looks like rain
It’ul norrotchaIt won’t hurt you
Izon Iz-ollidizHe’s on holiday
JustarkatitListen to the rain
Mek it g’bakkudsPlease reverse the car / vehicle
Owd yuh oss-uzz!Please wait / be patient! (Hold your horses!)
Shurrup, elsal bat ya tabPlease be quiet or I’ll use violence
Shut ya gob! / Purra sock initShut your mouth / Shut up!
Thiz summat up wee imThere is something wrong with him / He may be ill
Tin-tin-tinIt is not in the tin
Wigorn tev uz dinnazWe’re about to have lunch
Yowl koppittYou’ll get into trouble

A Nottingham dialect joke ► Vet; “Is it a tom?” Cat owner; “Nah, av gorrit wimee.”

“Aah Ter Talk Notts” from LeftLion magazine

‘Nottingham Dialect and Sayings’ by Jimmy Notts and Nottingham Hidden History Team

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