Literary Lives: The Infants Grammar

Literary Lives: The Infants' Grammar by Alan Chedzoy at the Dorset County Museum

Thursday 14th September 2017

Old Dorset Dialect

The Dorset dialect is the dialect spoken in Dorset, a county in the West Country of England. Although it fell somewhat into disuse throughout the earlier part of the 20th century there are still many native Dorset folk that can render it well.

Colepexy
to glean the few apples left on the tree after intaking

Dialect
Meaning

Dumbledore
Bumble Bee

Fall
autumn; to fall down is vall

Gramfer
grandfather

Hagrod
hagridden in sleep, if not under the nightmare

Humstrum
a rude, home-made musical instrument, now given up

Kapple cow
a cow with a white muzzle

Mammet
an image, scarecrow

Moot
the bottom and roots of a felled tree

Nunch
a nog or knob of food

Popple
a pebble

Scraggle
to screw scramly about (of a man), to screw the limbs scramly as from rheumatism

Vinny cheese
cheese with fen or blue-mould

Vuz, Vuzzen
furze, gorse

Wevet
a spider's web

Vuz, Vuzzen
Furze, gorse

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