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14 Things You’ll Know If You’re From Yorkshire


Despite my 9 month stint of living in New Zealand, I’ve always lived in the proud and historic county of Yorkshire.

When I saw that Sophie had launched her fab new This North Works project, I was instantly inspired and incredibly proud to be from t’ greatest county in England. Even though London gets most of the touristy credit when it comes to travelling in the UK, Yorkshire actually has an abundance of intriguing and fascinating towns, cities and people to offer.

So with that in mind, I did what any Yorkshire lass would do and have a good ol’ chinwag with some fellow Yorkshire people in order to put together my list of ‘things you’ll know if you’re from Yorkshire!’


You’ll have had the ‘breakfast, dinner, tea’ argument with many people

There’s been many a time where I’ve felt obliged to name it ‘breakfast, lunch and dinner’ but the simple fact is, Yorkshire people know best.

‘Breakfast, dinner and tea’ is the only correct way to name mealtimes in a Yorkshire person’s eyes and anyone who disagrees is simply wrong and should seriously reconsider their priorities (I’m only slightly joking on this one – a Yorkshire person feels very strongly about this…).

Yorkshire tea is the ONLY tea

If you drink anything except from Yorkshire tea then you’ll inevitably be judged and cast aside. People from Yorkshire take great pride in their brews and it’s a beverage that simply cannot be scrimped on.

Your accent will become stronger around other Yorkshire people

Whenever I go back to Doncaster (where I was born and lived for eight years) my accent immediately becomes much stronger as soon as I go back there. If someone has a thicker accent than you, then you’ll definitely end up talking like someone who’s just come from a farm in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales.

It’s inevitable.

“Be reyt” is your go-to answer for most things

For those of you not from God’s Own Country, the concept of ‘be reyt’ is essentially that everything will be just fine and you shouldn’t worry about anything.

This phrase can be used in almost any situation; lost your phone? It’ll be reyt. Argument with your boyfriend? Be reyt. Lost your job, home and all your friends? Don’t worry, it’ll be reyt.

Yorkshire puddings and gravy are staples in everyone’s diet

Homemade Yorkshire puddings with lashings of gravy on your Sunday dinner are the things that dreams are made of for Yorkshire folk. They’re the real test of your Yorkshire roots and if you can make a good batch of homemade Yorkshire puddings then you’ll likely be having everyone round for Sunday dinner.

“What’s for tea?” “Shit with sugar on”

Ahh the classic reply from your mum whenever you asked what was for tea (yes tea, not dinner).

No matter how old you were when you asked your parents this question, the reply was always the same. And if they didn’t reply with this then you’d know you were really having something truly gross for tea…

You probably call all your family members ‘R’ something

In my family, I’m always referred to as ‘R’ Chloe as a term of endearment. It doesn’t seem to matter if the person you’re talking to doesn’t know that this person even exists, you’ll always refer to them as ‘R’ lass or lad.

“It’s that fine rains that gets you proper wet”

Surely all rain gets you wet?

Oh no. Not according to people from Yorkshire. Here in our county we experience that fine rain that apparently gets you much wetter than regular rain…

Completely omitting the word ‘the’ from your vocabulary

It’s purely done out of sheer laziness, but people from Yorkshire sure do like to omit the word ‘the’.

You’ll often here us saying the likes of “I’m just off t’ shop”; it’s certainly not necessary to do this but yet everyone seems to do it!

There’s a huge, dividing debate on the names of bread products

One thing us Yorkshire folk can’t seem to agree on is bread terminology; specifically team bread cake, bread bun, cob or tea cake.

Whichever side you’re on, be prepared to defend your answer and have many people disagree with your choice of bread terminology.

If someone’s in a bad mood they’re either morngy, mardy or have munk on.

No, these aren’t real words. Yes, people from Yorkshire use them on a regular basis.

When someone is said to be in a bad mood then they’ll be described as being morngy, mardy or having munk on. Just writing these terms down is making me cringe immensely but they’re all entirely true.

It must be fascinating to Southerners to see these words – even I can admit that they look and sound ridiculous but there’s been many a time when I’ve been described as ‘morngy’…

“Put big light on”

If the main light in any room in the house wasn’t referred to as the ‘big light’, are you even from Yorkshire?

Every mum I’ve ever known who lives in Yorkshire always refers to it as the ‘big light’ – I mean, what else would you even call it?!

“It’s like Blackpool Illuminations in ‘ere”

On the other hand, if you had the ‘big light’ on as well as many other lamps and lights then the house will inevitably be described as Blackpool Illuminations.

Quite obviously a massive exaggeration but us Yorkshire folk are nothing if not dramatic.

Taking your coat or jumper off indoors so you “feel the benefit”

As soon as you stepped inside any house, you were immediately ordered to take your coat/jacket/jumper off just so that you’d feel the benefit once you stepped back outside again.

I was always an extremely cold person as a child and teenager but even I can appreciate the benefit of taking your coat off when you go inside.


Are you from Yorkshire? Is there anything else you’d add to this list? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. 6th September 2018 / 2:28 pm

    This is a great list! Funnily enough, ‘mardy’ must’ve migrated down to the Midlands as it’s a word we used as kids and even so now. I always used to wonder what other people thought the Arctic Monkey’s song ‘Mardy Bum’ was about! x

    • chloedickenson
      17th September 2018 / 6:44 pm

      Haha oh yes! I totally forgot about that haha! X

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