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What Kind of Words Were Spoken in British Dialects Before?

Have you ever seen a dauncy person? Or look up at the sky and thought, it is going to be a flenched day? Perhaps, you have met someone who has the habit of parwhobbling, something which you consider very polrumptious?

Those are just some of the words in Joseph Wright's The English Dialect Dictionary which contains 70,000 entries of local British words and phrases from the 18th and 19th centuries.

You may see a selection of other words like them here.

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I went all limpsey and floby-mobly and couldn’t bang-a-bonk. Luckily, I’m aptycock and to avoid a crum-a-grackle resulting in a doup-scud, I had a quick nipperkin of cuddle-me-buff. I think I tried too hard to titty-toit and got the shivviness.
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