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Yorkshire Dialect: The Most Amusing Turns Of Phrases

08/19/2011 09:33 am ET | Updated Oct 19, 2011

The righteous fury Anne Hathaway unleashed when she attempted a Yorkshire accent in "One Day" has us asking the obvious journalistic question -- what would a Yorkshireman have to say about all this?

Based on the Yorkshire phrases we've found, we'd guess that a Tyke (that's Yorkshire for Yorkshire person) would have no problem appreciating Hathaway's attempt, at least for the dark comic value of someone trying so hard and failing anyway. There's a crude poetry to the dialect, and a rough humor. Indeed comedy is so embedded in the language, some meetings of the Yorkshire Dialect Society are conducted exclusively in "programmes of dialect which lean towards the more humorous aspects of life as reflected in local speech."

Take a look at a selection of colorful Yorkshire phrases and their meanings, or croggy on over to the BBC's site for a full glossary.

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