Mick F wrote:
reohn2 wrote:Wigginers pronounce mild as maald
No they don't.
Or at least they didn't when I was dragged up there. Lived there from age 3 to age 19 and was connected there until the 1990s.
The word mild is pronounced by Wiganers as maald with the double aa being said like you'd pronouce baa as in a sheep's call,the word tile is spoken similarly.
I've lived in within 6 miles of Wigan all my life and worked with Wiganers (pronouced Wiggin by natives who speak in the broad vernacular),16 years in mining in a pit(Parkside Colliery Newron le Willows)that due to other small pits in the area that closed,drew miners from a 10 mile radius of Wigan(the most mined area in Europe),and the remaining 30 years in construction with a smaller catchment of people.
I can even tell which part of Wigan they come from or been brought up in,the difference between a Chorley or Coppull accent where they tend emphasise the letter 'r' more than Wiganers and which becomes stronger the closer they live to Preston.
Or some slight differences in accent and dialect between Wiganers and Leigh(sometimes pronounced Leyth by Leigh inhabitants).
I don't claim to be clever or a dialect expert but I know and can recognise the Wigan dialect within three or four words of it being spoken.
My natural dialect when spoken is so strong that when speaking with a fellow Wiganer people from outside the North West need a transation and can only catchnthe odd word!
There a forum member who I've ridden with a frpew time who's from darn sarf says some words I use in confersation with him need a translation as he doesn't recognise them
You've been away from Wiggin to long,not that a blame thi