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The Lancashire dialect and accent (Lanky) refers to the Northern English vernacular speech of the English county of Lancashire. Simon Elmes' book Talking for Britain said that Lancashire dialect is now much less common than it once was, but it is not quite extinct, still spoken by the older population. The British Census has never recorded regional dialects
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com find thousands of poems categorized into thousands of categories. s, songs & recitations in the Lancashire dialect.
The bearman, comes, comes he With a black bear, Chained around the neck Or threaded through the nostril. And the bear black, black, Blackly-furred or haired, Walking like a monkey The four-footed animal. But can stand on feet, Climb a tree With the backward movement And is ferocious too. May snatch or nail But it is not like that, A trained bear Whom the master has. Before bringing it here For roadshows And the bear playing The role of a drunkard. Grovelling lowly into dust And the bearman forbidding him To drink so much By sounding the damru
This may explain why Lancashire produced a good number of dialect poets and writers in the 19th century – men like William Harrison Ainsworth, Samuel Bamford, Samuel Laycock and Ben Brierley all wrote in the Lancashire dialect at about the same time that books and news periodicals were being mass produced. Lancashire is very rich in dialects. There are many variations of it – areas of Cumbria and the Lake District still use a dialect that is audibly ‘Lancashire’.
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A selection of poems in the Lancashire dialect by the foremost exponent of the form. A printer by training, Edwin Waugh left his trade for secretarial work and began his literary career in 1852.
|A6||Mi Cherry Cake|
|A7||Wi'v Bin Modernised|
|B1||Mi Owd Two Up Two Deawn|
|B5||Em's Corner Shop|
|B6||It's Under Stairs|
|B7||Made To Measure|
|B10||Wooden Leg 'N All|