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A Dictionary of Bristle [Paperback]

Harry Stoke , Vinny Green
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31 Oct 2009
A humorous guide to the Bristol dialect, with c.800 alphabetical word or phrase entries, explanations and samples of usage, plus a Bristolian tourist phrase book and How Bristol are you?, quiz.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tangent Books; 2nd Revised edition (31 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874092605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874092605
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Welcome to A Dictionary Of Bristle: a unique collection of words, phrases, and pronunciations that started life as a simple tongue-in-cheek section from our satirical website, That Be Bristle. From humble beginnings this collection has grown - thanks to Bristolians throughout the city and around the globe, who are proud of who they are and how they sound. We are now able to offer you this humorous yet curiously informative insight into the strange sounding language of the south west’s capital city.

Bristolian is a distinctly warm-sounding dialect that, like most regional variations of language, contains standard English words and phrases that mean something very different to its native speakers. In a city where a drive is somebody at the wheel and not something you do on a Sunday afternoon, and a spanner is never going to help you fix a car, life can easily get confusing for the unwary.

Bristolian also has many words and pronunciations that are unique to the city which can often baffle people not familiar with the rolled R’s, the dropped H’s, and the addition of L’s to the end of practically any word that ends in a vowel. As if that isn’t potential enough to strike a look of bewilderment onto the face of a visitor, the unaided ear also has to deal with the confusion of ownership and tense, and the use of the personal pronoun Ee (he) for impersonal objects: "Me ammer? Ee's over yer look."

Like all regional dialects though, Bristolian is in danger of dying out. With the large new suburbs of Bradley Stoke and Emersons Green attracting people to Bristol from all over the UK, the 30,000+ students that fill the universities each term, and the widening of new middle class enclaves gentrifying the housing of many former working areas of the city, from Bishopston and Horfield to Easton and Southville, the melting pot of language in the city is slowly diluting Bristol’s true identity.

Strongholds of the language do still exist, mostly in South Bristol communities such as Bedminster, Knowle West, and Hartcliffe; areas that traditionally are more working class and have a less fluid population. Some classic words and phrases, such as gurt lush (very nice) and awlrite me old babber? (hello how are you my good friend?), have also now passed into ironic/tongue-in-cheek usage and can be heard muttered throughout even the most cosmopolitan bars and offices across the city. In part the online version of this dictionary has helped this along.

The aim of this dictionary is to collate words and phrases in common usage in and around Bristol, both past and present, in a bid to keep the language alive. Some entries in this collection cross generations and some cross over into other regional dialects and slang, but all are listed here if they play, or have played, a part in the makeup of Bristolian. You may not recognise them all - I’ve been a Bristolian since birth and some still surprise even me – with the help of this Dictionary we hope that you’ll soon be hearing – and understanding - a lot more of them.

Harry Stoke
October 2003 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Bristle eaze ! 17 Oct 2012
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Only a true Bristolian could appreciate this particular book ! Even I, as a true Bristolian, found some of the words difficult, but it was a very funny book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most amazing, funny and illuminating book! 28 Mar 2014
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Not only for true Bristolians, but also for anglophile foreigners like us! I admit: We laughed a lot sitting together in front of that book and looking back on the recent experiences in Bristol. Dialects are everywhere in the world, all of us have our own. Unfortunately, often only a kind of slang is left. Dialects are funny and nor the author, neither do we see a reason not to smile about these lovely differences: Nobody should be offended! I do invite everybody to cordially laugh about my helpless tries writing some kind of English!

The book is written with a big sense of humour giving lively examples from everyday life, thus making it easy to really get the point of an expression, to get the emotion behind and to understand in what occasion it can be used. I don't think the author had that in mind when he planned the book's structure. He probably just wanted to write a book that humouristically points out the wonderful small contrasts to what is considered to be proper English - and he made an amazingly good job! Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dictionary of Bristle 21 Sep 2013
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I bought this book , purely for the fact as i use to be a long distance lorry driver and use to travel the length of the country and because i have a very broad Bristolian accent , i found a lot of people could not understand what i was saying , so the book became my interpreter , and it worked , i had a lot of light hearted moments showing people my dictionary of Bristle ,I still to this day carry a copy of this book in my work bag
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