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.
|daft as a brush||stupid|
|arse over tit||head over tall|
|more brass na brains||more money than sense|
|chuckin(g) your guts up||being sick|
|black as't face o' spades||very dirty|
|were ya born in a barn?||close the door!|
|not enough room to swing a cat||very small room|
|not back'ard at comin' for'ard||pushy person|
|pack it in||stop it|
|'appy as a pig in muck||very happy|
|croggy||riding on the crossbar of a bicycle|
|shit with sugar on||posh food|
|eeh by gum||OMG|
|spanish||licorice (go here to learn why)|
|spice||sweets (go here for why)|