22 local words and phrases you would only know if you're born and bred in Northamptonshire - how many do you use?

Are you even from Northamptonshire if you have never heard of these top phrases and words before?

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 1:16 pm

There are many words associated with the Northamptonshire dialect stemming from its colourful towns full of interesting history and character, which you’re unlikely to hear elsewhere.

We asked our readers to tell us one word they would associate with living in the town – which people from other parts of the country might not understand.

But as language is constantly evolving through the years, many of these slang terms have ended up falling out of fashion.

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The River Nene flows through the Embankment in Wellingborough.
The River Nene flows through the Embankment in Wellingborough.

We’ve picked out many classic Northamptonshire sayings, phrases and pronunciations that we’ve come to know and love – how many do you still use?

I am not, I can not, I shall not

Northamptonshire version: ‘I ent, I kent, I shent’Useage: “You shent be eating tonight because I kent cook dinner.”

Dare not

The sun shines on Northampton's cobbled Market Square and newsagent.

Northamptonshire version: ‘Daren’t’Useage: “Oh, I daren’t put the bins out too early.”


Northamptonshire version: ‘Err’Useage: “Shut err gate will you, Sue.”


The Old Watermill in Great Doddington is one of Northamptonshire's most picturesque locations.

Northamptonshire version: ‘Jitty’Useage: “Walk through the jitty and it will bring you out to the churchyard.”


Northamptonshire version: ‘Frit’Useage: “Oh, you silly so-and-so you frit me to death.”


Northamptonshire version: ‘Dug’Useage: “I’m just tekin’ the dug out for a walk.”


Northamptonshire version: ‘Peps’Useage: “I’m just nippin’ deyn street to get a bag of peps.”

Boy and girl

Northamptonshire version: ‘Buh and gel’ Useage: “How’s the ol’ buh, then? Are you alright then, gel?”


Northamptonshire version: ‘Mullocks’ Useage: “What’s in these nuggets then? Probably a load of mullocks."


Northamptonshire version: ‘Rowell’Useage: “What time are you getting up for the Rowell Fair?”

River Nene

Northamptonshire version: ‘River Nen’Useage: “The fields are green, the skies are blue, the River Nene goes winding through.”

Twenty-five to six

Northamptonshire version: ‘It’s five and twenty after six’Useage: “What’s the time? It’s five and twenty after six.”

You beauty, or my old pal

Northamptonshire version: ‘Me ol’ booty’Useage: “How are you then me ol’ booty?”

A lot

Northamptonshire version: ‘Umpteen’Useage: “You need umpteen ingredients to make this cake.”


Northamptonshire version: ‘Dusson’Useage: “How long have you lived in Dusson for then?”

The Royal & Derngate

Northamptonshire version: ‘The Derngut’Useage: “We’re off to the Derngut on Toosday to watch panto.”

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Northamptonshire version: ‘Mundey, Toosdey, Wendsdey’Useage: “What day is bin day this week? It’s on Toosdey.”


Northamptonshire version: ‘Cook-no’Useage: “I’ve got a football match Sunday morning up at Cook-no.”

Down town

Northamptonshire version: ‘Deyn teyn or deyn street’Useage: “I’m going deyn teyn to buy myself a pair of breyn treysers.”

Oh my

Northamptonshire version: ‘Ooo-err’Useage: “I saw David across the street moving his stuff out last night, mum.” “Ooo-err, did ya?”


Northamptonshire version: ‘Gewin’Useage: “I’m gewin up the road to tek the dug for a walk.”


Northamptonshire version: ChopsinUseage: “We were chopsin away and I didn't even notice the time.”