Tha’s nowt wrong wit Yorkshire accent

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Catching up with my best friends from university is one of my favourite things to do.

No matter how long it’s been since we have seen each other we revert back to the same old ways and it’s like we’ve never been apart.

Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM

Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason. Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM

Living with seven other girls in Sheffield there was never a dull moment and whilst there was often a drama or dispute about who was doing the washing up I can honestly say it was the one of the best times of my life.

Whilst arranging to meet up can be a logistical nightmare these days as we are now spread across this country and others, we make the effort as often as we can.

So when I had the opportunity to go to Bristol recently to catch up with one of my best gal pals and check out what the city had to offer I was confused when I suddenly became the tourist attraction.

What is it about the Yorkshire accent that people find so fascinating?

It’s something that seems to happen wherever I venture from this neck of the woods.

From “Oh my god where are you from?” to “Say that again” and my personal favourite ,the southerner’s attempts to impersonate the Yorkshire accent.

I’d not even finished my first glass of wine when some Bristolian clocked my Yorkshire twang.

There were no negative, in fact the pub-goers were full of praise.

But what started out as a compliment started to get old by the end of the weekend.

It’s as though some of them had never heard a northern accent before - seriously I’m from Yorkshire not Mars, what was the big deal?

If we were playing that game I do a mean “I’ve got a brand new combine harvester” impersonation.

Although this time my accent was the star attraction I have heard certain posh sounding southerns accuse us Yorkshire folk of sounding stupid in the past.

When doing a bit of googling about the Yorkshire accent I discovered in 2008 it was rated as the most intelligent-sounding, beating received pronunciation, the accent of royalty and public school alumni, for the first time.

And it was the Brummies who were languishing at the bottom of the list with their accent deemed to sound the “stupidest” following the research.

And low and behold it was someone from Bath who led the study - just a stone’s throw away from Bristol.

According to public perception Yorkshire residents are now considered wise, trustworthy, honest and straightforward.

So maybe I wont av to learn to speak proper after all, an’ ah’ll tell thi that fer nowt.