Posted: 27/04/2016 at 17:03
True story, coming up.....
A long time ago I was helping out behind the counter of a friend's antique shop in Yorkshire. A man came in, with his son, a lad of about 8 or 9. They weren't locals, but visitors from Somewhere Else In England. The boy was looking at the selection of local postcards we had on sale, picked up one, and said to his Dad 'What's it mean, Dad?', referring to the words printed across a photograph of the Cow and Calf Rocks, a local beauty-spot.
Dad dwelled upon the question for a moment and then pronounced in a rather loud and pompous voice:
'Well, you see, Ilkley Moor is a place near here. And T'at is another place near to Ilkley. Bah means 'next-door to' or 'beside' therefore it means 'Ilkley Moor Next To T'at'
By this time I was tucked up under the counter, fist in gob, trying to stifle my hysterics.
I still have visions of a once-young lad, now in his forties, trying to find a place called T'at, near Ilkley Moor.
Shame his dad didn't think to ask the humble shop assistant to explain, really...
Dialect, don't you just love it?!