Sheffield slang on bins proves a big hit - as speakers suggest their own additions

Sheffield slang is alive and well, judging from the reaction to a new celebration of the city’s rich linguistic heritage.

Sunday, 20th October 2019, 9:08 am
A plaque celebrating Sheffield slang on one of the new bins at the Peace Gardens (pic: Tim Dennell)

The area’s unique lingo has been emblazoned on bins in the Peace Gardens – together with a translation for confused visitors.

And any fears that phrases like ‘sithee’ and ‘ey up’ are being consigned to the scrap heap appear to have been extinguished, with none of the local dialect baffling our readers.

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The gesture was widely welcomed, though some people did question whether this was the best use of resources in a city which has bigger problems, and many of you suggested your own additions.

Justin Pursley commented: “They have missed this one – ‘what dar doing dee ova deear’.

Mark Hetherington wrote: “Oowashiwee? Washiwearsen? Ahshiwar. Who was she with? Was she alone? Yes she was.”

Wayne Rogers joked: “How about weerzmibinman or asdaseenacoppa?”

Claire Bradwell said: “I would be interested to know how much this cost the council and how this is value for money when the council is saying it’s skint.”

Liam Pond responded: “Very little and the main aim of the plaques is to stop people jumping and sitting on them which in the long run would cost more to repair!

“The addition of the slang words is just a bit of fun to make it more interesting on the new bins that are being fitted.”

Michael Darlington asked: “Dee Daas. Is that on there?”

And Claire Dearnley said: “I know all those. Get Hendos by post. North to south.”

But some people suggested Sheffield speak is not quite as unique, or as widely used, as others would have you believe.

Ken Dudley wrote: “I’m from Derbyshire and we say exactly the same thing. Watsupwithee.”

Paul Metcalf commented: “Sheffield no longer has an accent thanks to Cameron's social cleansing policies ... and I don't mean that in a good way.”

And Sheila Palmer said: “I was born in Sheffield in 1940 and I have never spoken like that and never heard anybody else speak like that either.”