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Your Strange Sayings


‘Ey Up! Or, should we say ‘Ow Do?

Despite (mostly) sharing the same language, the dialect across the UK ranges massively from place to place. Whether it’s an alley, ginnel, snicket or twitten, we all have different words and phrases that make sense to us… even if they baffle those on the other side of the country!

This week, we sent you, our local agents, out on a mission to seek out the weird and wonderful turns of phrase from your local area. Here are our top picks for the Strange Sayings across the UK! 


Our No. 1 Strange Saying




Location: Hastings

Submitted by: Louise Eaton

Saying Notes: This is a challenge to another member of the Winkle Club, a charitable organisation set up by fishermen to help less well off Old Town families, to produce their winkle shell which they should carry with them at  all times. If they fail to produce the winkle, they have to pay a fine which goes to the charity. The photo is of winkle island where money can also be donated.

Congratulations to Louise – you’ve won an annual subscription to BRITAIN Magazine!


The Best of the Rest



LEFTLocation: Cumbria Submitted by: Rosie Fielder Details: Where’s the nearest cash machine! Lowie means ‘cash’, Cowie means ‘thing’.

RIGHTLocation: Burbage / Leicestershire Submitted by: Phil Harding Details: Keep on the pavement while you eat your ice-cream!



LEFTLocation: Reading Submitted by: Laura Ellis Details: The local name for a woodlouse!

RIGHTLocation: Norfolk Submitted by: Stephanie Downes Details: THe local name for a ladybird!



LEFTLocation: Rochdale Submitted by: Diane Davies Details: Be careful you don’t fall over on your ankle. (Our local Trail Writer Stuart adds: It’s something you should avoid when doing a Trail! It’s only used in Rochdale, Lancs and nowhere else in the world. People in neighbouring towns such as Bury and Oldham, just 5 miles away, have never heard of it and when Rochdalians use it in front of non-Rochdalians they are met with bafflement and bewilderment. It amazes me that this local word has never spread beyond the town’s boundaries.

RIGHTLocation: Essex Submitted by: Mark Priest Details: …all behind! Meaning: I’m running late or I’ve got too much to do.



LEFTLocation: Consett Submitted by: Helen Anderson Details: To have stopped mid job or to be going really slowly through a task. It comes from a famous local clock that was used in the town made by Pott’s. However the clock broke mid chime and despite being fixed didn’t work properly again.

RIGHTLocation: Durham Submitted by: Bec Reid Details: Stop being so naughty/mischievous!



LEFTLocation: North East Submitted by: Derick Lawson Details: We are going to paddle in the sea!

RIGHTLocation: Dorset Submitted by: Samantha Hubbard Details: That’s massive! (very large / gigantic).



Our Trail Writer’s Favourites



TOP L-R: Don’t forget your lunch dear (North East), a neighbour (South Staffs), the two teams of the Shrove Tuesday football game (the Upwards and the downwards sides – Ashbourne, Derbyshire).

BOTTOM L-R: another name for a woodlouse (similar to Cheese Log above but the Surrey version), really good! (Cannock / Wolverhampton / Midlands), I’ll do it directly BUT, directly in this instance doesn’t mean ‘right away’, it means it could take ages or there’s no set time limit. (commonly used in TT Towers and across Cornwall).

NB – thanks to everyone who submitted ‘dreckly’ from Cornwall – it was our most common entry!


Your Next Assignment!


Your third MISSION is now live! You have until 11:59pm on Wednesday 18th November to shout loud and proud about your local… artwork!

From strange street art and marvellous murals to stunning sculptures and statues, we want to know what curious creations can be stumbled upon around your way! 



MISSION THREE Art-Spotting Inspiration | Love Where You Live


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12th November 2020

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Love Where You Live: MISSION TWO!


MISSION 02 Banner | Love Where You Live


We’re on the search for the UK’s coolest and quirkiest curiosities, and want to hear why you Love Where You Live! This week, we’re asking you to shout loud and proud about your local… sayings!

From quirky words and curious sayings to full-blown phrases, we want to know what gets said around your way that might baffle the rest of the UK! We’ll pick our favourites to feature in our Strange Sayings blog post.


Up For Grabs


As well as the kudos of being a TT #LoveWhereYouLive Ambassador, and the chance to have your local saying featured for all to see, you may be rewarded with a prize!

All submissions featured on our Strange Sayings blog will receive a Treasure Trails voucher. PLUS, our top pick will be awarded the MISSION TWO Star Prize:

An annual subscription to BRITAIN Magazine (RRP £29.70)!

Discover the UK’s rich and illustrious history in each issue of BRITAIN – The Official Magazine. Packed with fascinating features and stunning photography that showcase Britain at her finest, as well as ideas on where to go, what to see and where to stay. And, of course, where to explore on your next Trail adventure!


The Top Prize - Britain Magazine | Love Where You Live




Your second MISSION is to rack your brains for those quirky words, curious sayings or odd phrases that only a local would use, but might have visitors scratching their heads! 

Can’t think of any? Keep your ears open when you’re next out in your neighbourhood and listen out for anything odd! Remember Agents, you’re on a secret MISSION, so keep your distance and act casual

Submit your word, phrase or saying, along with its meaning, via the form below. If you have a photo that sums it up, send us that too!   

Have a funny story about a misunderstanding due to unfamiliar phrases? We’d love to hear about that too! Add it to the comments on the form, and you could still make our ‘favourites to feature’! 


MISSION TWO Expressions Inspiration | Love Where You Live




All submissions need to be received by 11:59pm on Wednesday 11th November. So, don’t delay – delve into your local dialect today!  

We’ll announce our favourites and share our Strange Sayings blog post on Thursday 12th November, and we’ll contact all winners directly. We’ll brief you on the details of MISSION THREE then as well, so keep your eyes peeled!




Sorry! The MISSION TWO deadline has now passed, so we can’t accept any more brilliant and bizarre phrase submissions – you can see the winners here. Don’t worry; there’s plenty more you can get involved with! Take a peek below to see what’s coming up…


Want to Get Ahead of the Game?


If you’re out and about listening out and spot something cool or quirky, it might fit a later mission, so take a look at what’s coming up too: 

MISSION #03: Art-Spotting  - from the classic to the surreal to the unexpected! 

MISSION #04: Only down my way… events, eats and traditions that only happen in your neck of the woods! 

MISSION #05: Signs that make you go ‘ha’ or ‘huh?’. 

MISSION #06: Not a lot of people know this but… tucked away treasures or facts.  


Love Where You Live Mission Examples | Love Where You Live


See the Sights While There’s Still Daylight!


The evenings might be getting darker, but there’s still plenty of daylight hours for weekend expeditions!

If you’re stuck for ideas and need a little dash of inspiration, all you need is your local Treasure Trail and a sense of adventure – you never know what you might discover! Find out the latest advice on Trailing in 2020 here.



Seek Clues on a Treasure Trail | Love Where You Live


Get Social


You can even post your curious phrases and strange sayings to the Treasure Trails Facebook page, or tag us on Twitter and Instagram too! Be sure to use the hashtag #LoveWhereYouLiveMission2 for your submissions, and follow us for MISSION UPDATES, weekly puzzles and lots of exploration inspiration! 


5th November 2020

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