THE DIARY: So is Adam right or is he crambazzled?

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IT’S not exactly a Yorkshire name...

And Adam Jacot de Boinod is about as far away from your typical Tyke as you can get. But in the fearless meritocracy that is The Diary we judge no man by his background, only his ability to amuse. And Adam can certainly do that.

Adam, a 51-year-old descendant of Swiss nobility of French extraction, was educated at Harrow School, before obtaining a degree from Middlesex University. “I worked on the first series of the BBC programme QI for Stephen Fry and am an author,” said Adam in impeccably aristocratic tones.

“I have collected and read the works of the various Victorian lexicographers who were assiduous collectors of dialect and wrote a number of excellent glossaries.”

Not doubting a man who’s worked on QI, but some of these supposedly Yorkshire expressions drew blanks all round in Sheffield:

winky-pinky – a nursery word for sleepy

cheddy-yow – a call to sheep being brought down from the fell

bobby-jub – strawberries and cream

nobbin – the hair on the crown of the head

dooadge – to handle food in a messy way

crambazzled – prematurely aged through drink and a dissolute life

Have you heard of those? They seem more North Yorkshire than round here but Star readers will be the best judges of that.

If you know any unusual South Yorkshire dialect words you think might be dying out let us know and we’ll feature them in The Diary.

Adam Jacot de Boinod is the author of The Meaning of Tingo and the creator of Tingo the iPhone App.