Cheeselog dimpsy and bobowler obscure dialect words to be recorded in poem

first_imgList of words:Ginnel (an alleyway), LeedsDidlum (a community savings scheme), HumbersideBobowler (a large moth), BirminghamTwitten (an alleyway), SussexCheeselog (a woodlouse), BerkshireTo twine (to complain), CumbriaTo geg in (to butt in), MerseysideOn the huh (lopsided, wonky), SuffolkDimpsy (twilight), DevonMardy (moody), LeicesterGurt (great or very), BristolFam (a familiar form of address for a friend), London Its associate editor Eleanor Maier said: “Not only were we reminded of the breadth and vitality of the country’s dialects, but we were also able to identify and research a large number of new words for future inclusion in the OED, as well as gain valuable information about the currency of local words included in the first edition of the dictionary.”Susannah Herbert, executive director of National Poetry Day, added: “In celebrating characteristic expressions chosen by listeners and the OED, these contemporary poets add richness and humour to our sense of ourselves.” A woodlouse, or cheeselog Kanye West “gegging in” to Taylor Swift’s 2009 acceptance speech  Poet Hollie McNish, one of the poets Kanye West interrupts the acceptance speech from best female video winner Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York To some, they will be second nature. To others, unadulterated gibberish.But some of Britain’s most obscure dialect words including cheeselog, dimpsy, bobowler and twitten are to be recorded for posterity in poetry, and destined for the Oxford English Dictionary.The terms, nominated by members of the public, are part of the oral traditions of communities across the UK, but have so far eschewed popular written records.A dozen words, chosen from thousands of nominations, are to each be made the subject of their own poem, in aid of  National Poetry Day.center_img They include ginnel, meaning alleyway, didlum, (community savings scheme), bobowler (large moth), twitten (alleyway), cheeselog (woodlouse), to twine (complain), geg in (butt in) and on the huh (lopsided, wonky).Dimpsy (twilight), mardy (moody), gurt (great or very) and fam (way of addressing a friend) complete the list.Poets will perform new works incorporating the words on BBC local radio on September 28.Susie Dent, the broadcaster and lexicographer, said the poems “will shine a light into a lexicon that’s too often overlooked.  Poet Hollie McNish, one of the poets A woodlouse, or cheeselog Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Our local words and expressions are very much part of an oral tradition, and printed records are often hard to find,” she said.”The words reflect some of the verve and vibrancy of our local tongues. I’m probably not allowed to be biased, but Devon’s ‘dimpsy’ has long been a favourite of mine.”A poem featuring all 12 words will be performed by 19-year-old poet and spoken word artist Isaiah Hull. Some of the words will go into the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.last_img

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