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Ey Up Mi Duck!: Dialect of Derbyshire and the East Midlands (Local Dialect) Paperback – 1 Sep 2000

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Countryside Books (1 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853066583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853066580
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Humble Ram on 8 Sept. 2003
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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 By Amazon Customer on 16 May 2003
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Conejo on 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 By Mrs. G. White on 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 By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2001
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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 By coffeecakebeer on 4 May 2012
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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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This book is really interesting - it offered insight into the odd sayings you hear around the county and region. I also finally understand where my parents get some of their vocabulary from!

The book loses 2 stars from me in the main because of its shocking layout. For saying this has been republished and revised since its original publication, some consideration could have been given to the incredibly bad way it's put together. This is to the point where it's actually quite hard to navigate and read.

Still, if you can get past that then it's a thoroughly entertaining read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 27 Oct. 2011
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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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