Our Muddled 'Mardle' (or How Twitter Mixes Dialects)

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Byline: Beth Hale

IT'S 'andsome news for those who thought regional dialects were a thing of the past.

According to those who 'ken', the geographical differences in the way we all 'mardle', or rather speak, are entering into wider use via social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Language experts have found the increased speed at which people communicate on the internet and via texts means they are more likely to use colloquialisms from areas other than their own.

So where a Londoner might once have used the word 'pukka' to describe something good, they may now just as easily use 'mint', which was originally linked to Manchester.

Equally, ken for know, is no longer restricted to Scotland, 'andsome, for good, is circulating outside of Cornwall and mardle has spread beyond Norfolk.

Other more widely used words that have regional roots include the northern term 'mardy', meaning moody, and 'lush' for very nice, once heard mostly in Wales. You may even hear 'gizza glegg/gizza gozz', an expression from Nottingham meaning 'may I see that?'. Regional phrases are said to have spread swiftly from one end of Britain to the other, quickly being adopted by people hundreds of miles from where they originated. …