The Genealogy Pages for the family of Albert and Marjorie Morse


Old Forest Words & Expressions 

This list was compiled by Cameron in 1972 under the title of 'Old Forest Words and Expressions that seem to be fast disappearing'.


Idiom Meaning Idiom Meaning
Ash, Mixen Ash Tip Apern (long a) Apron
Acon (short a) Acorn Bruck Brook
Bile Boil Biler Boiler
Bin Been Bust Burst
Bannut Walnut Bellocking Howling
How Bist How are you? Thou Bisn't You are not
I Byunt I am not Brum Brrom (plant)
Butty or Old Butt Mate or Friend Browst Brushwood
Bittle Beetle Byun Bean
Blue Aysaac Hedge Sparrow Bunt Butt. (Sheep)
Bent Tall coarse grass Biff Beef
Chunt It Isn't Cawnt Cannot
Chimmock or Chimley Chimney Cognoggler Large piece of bread
Cossunt Can't you Cussunt Couldn't you
Cyart Cart Dout Extinguish (light)
Daggled Tired Dawk To dig hole
Dicky shirt Vest Drew Through
Drabble Dribble Daft Foolish
Ellum Elder Tree Ettles Nettles
Flummox To confound Fadge To have your whack
Gaust Gorse Gyarden Garden
Gob Lump of turf Gob Mouth (shut your)
Gis Give Gyule Sneer
Gwain Going Galls Baby Geese
Gurt  Very big Goosegogs Gooseberries
Hoss Horse Housen Houses
Hain Forest Enclosure Humpty Tump Mole heap
Hommocks Big Feet Imbers Cinders
Jud Dead Joy Jay (bird)
All kiff Alright Ketch Catch
Lush Brushwood for swatting Leg it  To run
Moithered Bewildered Moochers Big Hands
Moke Donkey Mon Man
Mael Meal Nithered  Very cold
Nist Nest Nern Neither
Ooman Woman Owt Hold. Don't do it
Oy Yes Oot Will you
Ood Wood Oodin Wooding
Cont Mole Owd un Old one
Oggy Strong drink Polt  A hard knock
Putt Put Quat Rest on haunches
Quomp Beat in Argument Quist Wood pigeon
Rodney A lazy person Raculas Auriculas
Rot Rat Squitter Run away quickly
Shard Gap in hedge Stank  Dam small stream
Surelie Surely Snowper Foxglove
Snomper Foxglove Sturt To make one jump
Snippet Small piece of bread Squall To cry loudly
Sin Seen Sid Seed
Spud or Tater Potato Ship Sheep
Stretch Mistle Thrush Spitter Spade
Swill Wash face and hands Ship Badger Sheep Owner
Slummock Sloush Snowl Hunk of bread
Stwon Stone Surry or Zurry A chum
Splatter vit Splayed feet Stutter Stammer
Skew Whiff Askew Smot Smash
Screecher Swift (bird) Stroddle Straddle
Tallet Hay Loft Tap Boots To sole them
Tamp To run fast Tommy Food
Thee or thou You Tith Teeth
Telled Told Thic That one
Tump Hillock or Mound Tup Male sheep
Tush To drag something Twud Toad
Onyons Onions Vyarn Backen
Vire Fire Vit Feet
Vrog Frog Varmer Farmer
Vinch Finch (bird) Vir Fir
Vust First Vowls Fowls
Vut Foot Wesh Wash
Wopper Wasp Wum Home
Wick Week Wet the tea Make tea
Water (long a) Water Weeker Ear
Wust Worst Windy Window
Watty Handed Left handed Yarks Cord below trouser knee
Yucks Expression of distaste Yowl To cry lustily
Yow (as in low) Ewe Yank off Cut or Pull off sharply
Yut Eat Yus Yes
Zee See Zummut Something


The Forester is a friendly person, and it is customary when walking out in the Dean that he should greet any passer-by he meets.

Have you heard of the old Forester, who had gone to a busy town to spend his week's holiday?

It appears that after he had had breakfast on his first morning there, he decided to take a walk. Opening the door, he found people thronging the pavement going about their business. However, following his custom he began wishing them 'Good Morning' as fast as he could, but naturally he got no response.

After a while, the old man gave up the battle, either through lack of breath or bewilderment and returned  to his home quietly and in deep thought.


I heard of a boy who lived on Blakeney Hill, who boasted that he could speak three languages. When asked what they were, he replied, "One I speak at home, one at school and the other when I am out at play".


Archive retrieval by  Richard Chidlaw, recreated for the rest of us by Ken Morse, March 2010

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