Larn Yarself Norfolk

Published: Friday 14th Mar 2014

Written by: Laura Foster

To poke fun at the Norfolk speech is not something new, so I say; if you can’t beat them, join them....However I do like Norfolk being unique and “dewin a diffrunt” language to most - so when I came across this recipe for Norfolk Dumplings, written with a certain Norfolk twang……. I thought I would share it with you. Many claim the Norfolk tongue is virtually beyond writing down and that only natives can speak it with any degree of comfort. As a proud Norfolk gal, this recipe makes perfect sense to me, but see how you get on reading it out loud……

Norfolk Dumplin’s Recipe

Yew put half a pound o’ plain flar in a basin,An’ a half tea spune o’ baakin powder tew;

Yew mix that up in half a pint o’ water,An’ that maaake fower nice dumplin’s, that that dew.

Yew pick ’ em up and drop ‘ em in a sauce-pan,Where yer veggies ‘ re b’ilin’ wi’ yer meat,

An’ arter twenta minnits, they’ll be riddy,An yew’re got a dinner what go down a treat!

Found that easy? Here are 10 more words found in the Norfolk dictionary you could use in the local pub when visiting us…….

Squit = Talking NonsenseOn The Huh = Not LevelRumin = Odd / PeculiarBor = NeighbourBlar = To Weep / CryRanny = Small RodentAtwin = BetweenClaggy = StickyFrawn = FrozenGorn = Going


Laura Foster
Laura Foster


Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.


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