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The Reader's Guide to Wuthering Heights

Glossary

On this page you will find a list of some of the dialectal and more obscure words found in some versions of the novel.

Translations of some of Joseph’s more difficult statements can be found on the Joseph’s speech page.

A B C D E F G H I L M N O R S T U W Y
A
abaht about   aght, aht out
Aw I      
B
'baht about (without)   bud but
C
cahnt can't   'cahnt account
can'le lught candle light   cannut cannot
carn can   cotch catch
crahnr crowner (coroner)      
D
dahn down   daht doubt
E
E I've   eedle idle
eht out   enah enough
F
fellies followers   flaysome frightening, dreadful
fold sheep pen   froo, frough from
fur gate      
G
gait gate
way of acting/habits
  goa go
gooid good      
H
hagh, hah how   hahs house
hahsiver howsoever   hend hand
hor her      
I
intuh into      
L
laith barn   loike like
M
mad made   manes means
maw my   muh may
N
nab sharp fall of a shoulder or projection of a hill   nah now
nave neive (fist)   noa no
nooin noon   nor nuh me none of me (not me)
norther neither   nowt naught (nothing)
nur nor   nut not
O
orther other   ow'd old
owt, ow't aught (anything)      
R
laith barn   loike like
S
say sea, see   send sent
shaime, shaume shame   soa so
snall shall   sun-dahn sun-down
T
thah thou   thear, theare there
they's there's   thur there
tuh thou, to   tull to (unto)
U
ud would   uf of
uh have, of   ull will
un, und and   ut at, of, that
'ut that   ut' of the
ut t' on the   ut this of this
W
went want   wenting wanting
whet what   willu't will not (won't)
woonder wonder   wur were
Y
yah ye (you)   yah been you've been