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Ey Up Mi Duck!: Dialect of Derbyshire and the East Midlands (Local Dialect) [Paperback]

Richard Scollins , John Titford
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1 Sep 2000 Local Dialect
This work is a celebration of the dialect spoken in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and South Staffordshire. The amazing text and cartoon-like illustrations capture the warmth and humour of the East Midlands.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Countryside Books (1 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853066583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853066580
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand! 8 Sep 2003
Format:Paperback
Being brought up in a mining community on the Notts/Derbys border its refreshing to read my heritage in print......indeed one thing that Thatcher couldn't destroy. A wonderful little book with words and phrases I had not heard since childhood. With the advent of political regionalisation these sort of books ought to be a must in educational establishments to remind children the origins of their fathers, mothers and grandparents dialect. The sort of book you hold for life.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book for those you've moved away 16 May 2003
Format:Paperback
The main thing I have left from growing up in Heanor in South
derbyshire is my (some would say broad) local accent.
This book is a wonderfully humorous and affectionate look at
something I hold dear, and has some surprisingly scholarly
discussions of the local drawl next to the funnies.
A must for those who like me no longer live in the area for
when you feel homesick, also just about passes muster as a translation guide :-)
any road tat tar mi ducks SEIVE THEE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bril-yunt 16 Jan 2009
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I hadn't seen this book since I was a teenager but have recently come in for some stick for my accent by some other expats here in Spain (I do produce entire classes of Derbyshire-sounding Spanish kids in school). I have no intention of changing and this book has helped me remember how I should be speaking instead of ah sum mardy suthner thinks I should speak. Works as a dictionary too. A linguistic classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bobby dazzler! 19 Nov 2009
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I was born and brought up in Ilson in the 1950's, now living in Wales, and this little gem brought back so many wonderful happy memories of my childhood. Most of my family are sadly not around anymore, but this book reminded me so much of uncles, aunts, and my mum , who all spoke with the old dialect. Even at the age of 60, and having lived in Wales for 40 years, there are still phrases I use that are to be found in this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A guide to Derbyshire dialect 6 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you're mystified by the meaning of words like "jitty" and "sucker", and if you're not sure whether you're being insulted or complimented when you're called "bonny" or told that your tea tastes like "mazziwatter", then you need this book.
"Ey up Mi Duck" is a short book of definitions of Derbyshire dialect words, especially as used in the south Derbyshire town of Ilkeston.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Derbyshire Dialect 8 Feb 2013
By popeye
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I purchased this book as a gift to my son, as we have a duck joke thing between us, both he and myself found this book interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ey Up Mi Ducks 4 May 2012
Format:Paperback
The Erewash and Amber Valleys have lost a lot of their distinctive features over the years, most recently with the closure of Stanton Ironworks, so it`s good to see something of local culture preserved.

One thing I would say though, it may be worth seeking out the three original paperback volumes of Ey Up Mi Duck, which were privately published by the authors, or the later reprints from a firm called Hargood, as these contain a bit on Derbyshire customs, folklore and history which is worth a look.These are also available on Amazon.

Having said that, the Notts/Derbyshire border has much to offer (the industrial heritage, the canals, the countryside) which the outside world is too often unaware of, so I welcome anything which raises it`s profile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ey Up Mi Duck 27 Oct 2011
By Mike
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Another nostalgic offering for folks who have left their native South Derbyshire and the Erewash Valley. Will this language survive? Probably not, so this book is important.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read, but not what I thought it would be.
Published 1 month ago by Keith Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Facts & Fun
A good mix of facts and fun, this is a fascinating exploration of the East Midlands dialect. A good read.
Published 4 months ago by Celebrimbor
5.0 out of 5 stars good book.
This book was bought for a friend, I had read the book years ago before buying this copy for her. Good to have a service that will also deliver to a requested address rather than... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mick Atack
5.0 out of 5 stars Ey up Mi Duck
a very funny read and takes me back to how we used to talk years ago in old nottingham speak
Published 8 months ago by cecil richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Aye up me duck
Lovely quality, efficient service, well packaged, well pleased. Thank you.would use again, well worth a purchase if you are interested in Derbyshire life/ vocabulary.
Published 10 months ago by nanjolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Understood all of this
Brilliant, this book brings back memories of life in my area when I was growing up. Still hear a lot of the sayings today
Published 10 months ago by MRS C BUCKLE
4.0 out of 5 stars A real blast from the past!
Reading it took my straight back to the school playground and some other interesting places I remember when growing up in the area. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stephen P. Westrik
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny and interesting
This book is really interesting - it offered insight into the odd sayings you hear around the county and region. Read more
Published 14 months ago by W Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a great book for anyone from Derbyshire or interested in the local dialect. Fascinating, and highly recommended. .
Published 20 months ago by morse
4.0 out of 5 stars At up me duck
I wanted to get this book to explain to my friends etc in New Zealand why my accent is like it is, anyway they try to read it which is always a good laugh, I really enjoyed the... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Kozzy
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