Gallery: Tour de Yorkshire

‘Aye up to the North!

The second edition of the Tour de Yorkshire happened last weekend. We’ve got to give it to the Brit fans, they brave weather more than the Belgians do.  Whilst we stayed warm on Yorkshire puddings, pork pies, and hot cocoa, the riders were braving conditions thought maybe only to exist in a Bronte novel. A few snaps below, to capture the atmosphere and spirit: grey skies ain’t stopping anyone in “God’s County.” Scroll down to the bottom for a few key Yorkshire phrases as well, to get you by ’til next year.



… And for the essential phrases:


‘Eee by gum
The brilliance of this expression is that it perfectly captures a sense of shock or bewilderment whilst simultaneously making no sense whatsoever. It is quite literally gibberish. Although by no means a direct translation, it’s probably best summarized as being interchangeable with “Oh my God!” Some users choose to drop “eee” and go directly to “by gum.”  It’s a matter of personal taste. (From BBC America)

See all, ear all, say nowt. Eat all, sup all, pay nowt. An’ if th’ivver does owt for nowt, allus do it for thissen – See everything, hear everything, say nothing. Eat everything, drink everything, pay nothing. And if you ever do something for nothing, always do it for yourself. (From Ravenhall)

hell fire! Simply, “goodness me” or “my goodness”

(to have a) monk on -to be grumpy, to have a sulky face.

Put wood inth ‘ole
If somebody enters a room and neglects to close the door, this is what you say to them (Translation: “Put the wood in the hole”).  It is mainly used by great uncles and people called Archie, but the expression appears to be in less frequent usage than it once was. The reason for this is that in the old days, if somebody entered a room with a fire going and didn’t put the wood in the hole, the heat would escape. Nowadays, because of central heating, it’s not necessary to trap heat in one room by closing the door. (From BBC America)