Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Guide to Devon Dialect Terms for Cyclists


My Beloved and I went to Devon last weekend and took our bikes; we were aiming to cycle parts of the Tarka Trail and we also cycled along by Woolacombe Bay. It's absolutely beautiful there but if you're on a bike you need to watch out for the local dialect when asking advice on where to cycle.

It's flat.
Translation: various ups and downs but nothing a novice cyclist can't manage with a bit of effort.
There's a slight incline but nothing to worry about. Translation: it's a hill. Demanding cycling but you won't need to get off and push. Probably.
It's not far, just up the hill. Translation: get your pitons out. Mountain goats would be proud to manage this ascent.

Oh, and the phrase "a country mile"? We reckon that comes from Devon too.



4 COMMENTS:

Simon Kewin said...

Heh. "A Guide to Devon Dialect Terms for Cyclists" would be a great novel title, too...

fairyhedgehog said...

Now there's a thought, Simon. A bit like "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian", eh?

Whirlochre said...

I lived in Devon for a while. The folk down there hate outsiders almost as much as the Welsh.

fairyhedgehog said...

Whirl, they have a very passive-aggressive way of showing it!

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