Friday, 17 July 2015

Counting Sheep in the Bilsdale dialect

A note made in 1972 by Katharine Isobel Ellis Hill (1905-2005) of the old words for counting sheep.

It was dictated to her by the grandson of Mr Featherstone, who was born & bred & farmed in Bilsdale; she thought he was probably born in the 1870s or early 1880s.

She has used "the best phonetic spelling I can devise".

It is similar to the counting used in the Lake District.
Yan (or Yëan)
Tan
Tethera
Methera
Mimps
Orvers
Dorvers
Slëaters
Yanaboove
Tetheraboove


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