‘Now Then!’

Does ‘scone’ rhyme with ‘gone’ or ‘bone’? And if you’re really tired, are you ‘paggered’ or ‘jiggered’?

May is Local History Month and libraries across North Yorkshire are working with the University of Leeds, alongside the Dales Countryside Museum and Ryedale Folk Museum, to update the Survey of English Dialects. Our ways of speaking shift and much may well have changed since the original research in the 1950s.

As part of this project, Easingwold Community Library has a special dialect station throughout May where you can pick up a questionnaire and have your say… in whatever dialect you choose!

You’ll find survey cards inviting you to share your local dialect words, and your adopted/inherited dialect words. Do you have unique family favourite expressions? Children can enjoy wordsearches and quizzes too.

Drop by the library during May and have your say.

And don’t forget our special FREE event ‘Unnatural Workings’ with North Yorkshire poet David Smith on Thursday 19th May.