A woman from Grimsby is attempting to record the words and nuances of a much forgotten local dialect, before it disappears from history altogether.
Loretta Rivett is also trying to teach this to others, including kids, by hosting a number of sessions in the area’s main library.
It is in recording the unique words, many of which have origins back in Viking times, that the 59-year-old has really got her work cut out, though.
For instance, Rivett claims that her father used to have a ‘thotty stabber stee’. That is apparently a thirty-step ladder; with the Swedish for ladder being ‘stege’.
Similarly, sweeties are called ‘goodies’, a derivation of the Swedish word ‘godis’.
So closely linked are the dialects in fact, that Eric Scaife from the Yorkshire Dialect Society says:
“A strong dialect speaker could go to Scandinavia and carry out a conservation.”
Whilst there are a number of events being organised by North East Lincolnshire Council to preserve the county’s heritage, including local dialects, Rivett admits:
“I don’t think I can keep it alive as a genuine spoken language.”
However, she just as quickly goes on to say that its preservation is important.
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