The Folk-Speech of Cumberland and Some Districts Adjacent; Being Short Stories and Rhymes in the Dialects of the West Border Counties

The Folk-Speech of Cumberland and Some Districts Adjacent; Being Short Stories and Rhymes in the Dialects of the West Border Counties

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... I tell ye, you're a rich man, an' I's no'but a poor an', wi' a loosey ten shillin' a week to leeve on; bit, accordin' to what I hev, I consider myseF to be beath a nowbler an' a generouser fella ner you irr! Noo, theear a poor Irish family 'at leeves nar oor hoose, an' ivery week end we send them o' t' scraps o' meat an' 'taties 'at we ha'e left, forby udder things;--that's far mair, accordin' to what I've gitten, ner your hunder't a 'ear! You talk aboot me bein' damned. Noo, I's neea scholar, bit I've read t' Bible for o' that, an' I've read 'at theear two mak' o' fwok 'at 'ill be damned--yan's leears, an't' tudder's hypocrites. Noo, I'll preuv 'at you're beath. You're a leear for sayin' 'at I was war' ner a murderer i' Carlisle gaol, an' you're a hypocrite for sayin' seea when you knew you were leein'! I know hoo you mak' o' fwok argies--you relit t' Scriptur' through an' through to finnd owte 'at suits ye," an' than ye throw o' t' tudder owerbword. An' I tell you what, Mr., theear anudder thing 'at I've read in t' Scriptur's--I've read 'at theear to be a day o' judgment. Noo, you chaps say 'at it's o' settl't NOTE. The above was most kindly sent to me by a gentleman well known in west Cumberland who has, from boyhood, been a keen and judicious observer of the peculiarities of thought and speech prevailing amongst his unsophisticated and unlettered neighbours; and who has also favoured me with extensive contributions to my stock of anecdotes illustrating the humourous side of rustic life in our common county. This remarkable piece possesses a higher value than any of my dialect productions, amongst which it appears, as being the veritable words used by one speaking the Cumberland vernacular and nothing else; and also as an exposition and...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236544684
  • 9781236544681