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.


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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