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NORFOLK DIALECT WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS

Here we are again with another selection of Norfolk words – this time taking us from I to L – which I hope you will find most useful.

A word of advice – keep practising if you want to sound like a local, as we cannot have you sounding like you come from somewhere else, can we?

Forget all you’ve seen and heard on television, as Mummerzet is definitely NOT spoken in this county – unless you really want to displease the locals!

I

Dialect word(s) Meaning
Imitate An attempt to ‘du suffin’: “I shoont imitate that if I wuz yew.”

J

Dialect word(s) Meaning
Jam To stamp on, or walk heaily: “We jammed about all day at the Norfick Show!” or: “Dunt you jam on my foot, will ya?”
Jiffle To fidget: “Stop yar jifflin’,” the teacher told Tommy.
Jip Pain, aggravation: “My corns hoolly gev me jip.”
Job, jorb Something remarkable: “That new car o’ yars is the job, ent it?”
Jollificearshuns Fun and games, joviality.

K

Dialect word(s) Meaning
Kelter Condition: “Yar bike looks in good kelter t’me.”
Kiderer Pork butcher.
King Harry Goldfinch.
Knap To knock or shape flint.
Know Knowledge: “That blook nex’tdoor seem t’be in the know.”

L

Dialect word(s) Meaning
Lady’s smock Canterbury bell, cuckoo flower.
Laid Corn flattened by gales or heavy rain.
Lam To thump or beat: “He dint harf lam itter me.”
Larn To teach: “That there teacha tried on it, but she coont larn me nuffin.”
Loke A blind alley or a short lane.
Lollop To walk ungainly or slowly: “That mawther dunt know how tuh walk, she jist lollop along.”
Lug An ear – or to carry: “If yew expect me to lug that all the way home, you kin think agin!” or “My dad gev my lug a clip an' that hoolly smart, that did!”
Lummox A clumsy person.

How did you get on? OK? Or is it all proving a bit too much for you? Don’t give up, ol’ paartner, click the link to M–P for some more!

NORFOLK DIALECT WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS
E–H
I–L
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