The origins and history of placenames, nicknames, local slang, etc.
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Loiner in Cyprus wrote: stutterdog wrote: majorhoundii wrote: jdbythesea wrote: Phallica2000 wrote: stevief wrote: I think the expression 'to laik'is more predominant in Bradford than Leeds.I've worked with blokes from all over Yorkshire and dialects can vary from one town to the next.The first time I came across 'laik'was visiting an old mate who'd married a Bradford lass.When I called(not ca'l'ed)his wife told me he'd gone to watch city laik and I thought it was a place! I've never heard of this one before, is it in any specific areas of Leeds, do you know? I too often use laik to mean play. Back in the 70s (3 day week era) many Leeds factories - especially those in the tailoring and textile industries - were put on short time working or "laid off". Often you'd hear someone asking "are you working or laiking this week ?". It was used a lot in the Guiseley and Yeadon areas.JD Laik, like many other Yorkshire dialect words (barn for child say) is based on Norse. The Danish word for game/play is "leg" and Leggo is from the same root. http://www.viking.no/e/england/e-yorkshire_norse.htm My Dad worked down the pit at Shawcross and if he didn't go in on Mon.he would say he was laiking=playing! In the 60s I worked at Miggy pit and there you would also say you were laiking if you took a day off. My Dad worked there too,in the 50's! He left mining when it changed from NCB to British Coal.His lungs was knackered by then and he died in '66 age 59.
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Apologies if this has been mentioned in this thread previously,but there's a lot to trawl through !I just took the black bin out for (hopefully) emptying today and had a quick chat with an old lad down the street.I enquired how he was to which he simply replied "Champion"....I love the use of this word in that context.
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