No skylarking...But where?

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Postby Phill_dvsn » Wed 04 Apr, 2012 11:14 pm

Skylarking is a great old word that you don't seem to hear these days, It goes well with urchins, tomfoolery, malarkey and shenanigans! I'm undecided just how hard this one will be to guess, It's either going to be very easy and guessed straight away, or prove a little harder. So where in Leeds can you spot this great old sign of yesteryear?    
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Postby Caron » Wed 04 Apr, 2012 11:22 pm

My mam used to say " Lakin" for messing.Reckon it comes from skylarking.It would be a good thread to have some yorkshire words only.Leeds and Poole are not that far apart but it's another language.By the way, love the photo's you display. Thanks.
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Postby BarFly » Wed 04 Apr, 2012 11:42 pm

I've a feeling it's the other way around and "skylarking" comes from "lakin". I think it comes from the Norse verb to play. In Norway, for example, you see signs outside schools saying "Barn Leker" which is pretty much "Berns Lakin".
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Postby Caron » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 1:06 am

BarFly wrote: I've a feeling it's the other way around and "skylarking" comes from "lakin". I think it comes from the Norse verb to play. In Norway, for example, you see signs outside schools saying "Barn Leker" which is pretty much "Berns Lakin". Why are you so bloomin educated?

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Postby BarFly » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 1:21 am

Caron wrote: Why are you so bloomin educated? I'll just say a woman was involved and leave it at that .
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Postby book » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 8:59 am

There might already be a thread on Yorkshire Dialect. Do a search but f not you could start one. There is a Yorks Dialect Society that meets and has produced books in the past.The word Skylarking might be associated with the bird and it's behaviour in Springtime. The Skylark in Spring is a bit of of a loony, it's flight is erratic, bouncy and looks almost out of control at times. IMO. The word Laking was used in the Castleford area for playing and still is used. Jus to make sure I'm not going off topic too much, I haven't got a clue where it is but could it be the Middlton light railway, that's the only logical place it could be, IMO?
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Postby Si » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 9:51 am

Caron wrote: It would be a good thread to have some yorkshire words only. Hi Caron. Click on the Search box at the top of the page, then type dialect/slang into the search box. The "Dialect/Slang" thread should be listed.It's 43 pages long, so happy reading and reminiscing!Phill - don't know where the skylarking sign is, but reminded me of the "No Petting" signs that used to be in swimming baths!    
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 11:21 am

Those old ''no petting'' signs are great aren't they Si?You know they are quite sort after these days? You can buy reproductions and even tee shirts with the poster on.I have an original that was in an abandoned Victorian baths in Manchester herehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/214478 ... 871296/I'm glad the skylarkng sign hasn't been guessed straight away as well     
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Postby BarFly » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 12:00 pm

I thought it might be on what I think is the old goods yard entrance on Aire Street but a quick Street View tells me that sign's a different shape. Is it tucked away somewhere in a doorway of the North concourse?
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Postby Phill_dvsn » Thu 05 Apr, 2012 12:02 pm

BarFly wrote: I thought it might be on what I think is the old goods yard entrance on Aire Street but a quick Street View tells me that sign's a different shape. Is it tucked away somewhere in a doorway of the North concourse? No it's not really tucked away at all, in fact you might say it was more on show than hid away If no one gets anywhere near today I'll add a few more clues tomorrow! Edit. Sorry Book I missed your Middleton Railway answer, It's not there, but it's a good guess.    
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