To the rest of the world Yorkshire is just another English county, but those who occupy it will argue differently. Yorkshire folk view themselves as the chosen ones and beam with pride at the stereotypes that come with being from ‘God’s own county’. But just how Yorkshire, or proper Yorkshire, are you?
1. To you, ‘chuffed’ is an emotion.
To a lot of people ‘chuffed’ doesn’t mean anything, however in Yorkshire it is a legitimate emotion – and yes, it is in the dictionary.
2. You say ‘eh’ whenever you don’t understand something.
Short, sweet but extremely effective, in Yorkshire uttering these two letters is the best way of signifying your absolute confusion. This made the dictionary too (albeit the urban version).
3. Homemade Yorkshire puddings are the only option.
Sorry Aunt Bessie, you just won’t do. Homemade Yorkshire puddings are a real test of your Yorkshire roots. If you decide to go frozen, you will be judged.
4. Yorkshire Tea is the only tea that exists.
In Yorkshire this is our holy water, for many it is our blood type. Do not suggest any other brand as we simply won’t recognise it. Fun fact: Yorkshire Tea has made several cameos in the TV show Friends and we don’t let people forget that.
5. The word ‘the’ isn’t even a thing.
We’ve all heard the rumours about this word’s existence, but we just don’t find it necessary.
6. Your accent strengthens when surrounded by fellow Yorkshire folk.
In Yorkshire we love our accent, the broader the better, so it’s only natural to take it a step further when together.
7. Red roses simply do not exist.
Red rose? You mean white. Next.
8. You’re referred to as ‘our lass’ or ‘our lad’.
How else would people be able to identify you without this title?
9. You’ve fallen victim to the bread cake/bread roll/tea cake argument.
Relationships have been forever ruined by this argument, engage at your own risk.
10. You’ve also fallen victim to a scone vs scon pronunciation face-off.
Just how do you pronounce this delicious treat? For the sake of your own well-being, it’s best not having an opinion. Just eat it.
11. You’re in your bikini at anything above 15 degrees.
Even the suggestion of sunlight is enough for us Yorkshire folk to strip down. It’s over 15 degrees outside? We’ll take that with a smile on our face.
12. A Sunday roast isn’t just tradition, it’s mandatory.
Sunday isn’t a Sunday without a giant pile of meat drowning in gravy, complimented by homemade Yorkshire puds.
13. You knew what a ‘mardy bum’ was before the Arctic Monkeys song.
Yes this is a legitimate phrase that, to us Yorkshire folk, makes perfect sense. If you don’t appreciate our slang and use of language then quite frankly, you’re a bit of a mardy bum.
14. You’re scared of the letter T.
In Yorkshire this letter is a rarity, and it’s used as little as humanly possible. The more you use it, the posher you are – those are the rules!
15. Lunch can be called dinner and dinner can be called tea.
We even confuse ourselves sometimes.
16. You’re able to drop the c-bomb in everyday conversation.
Try saying the ever-so-innocent word ‘couldn’t’ in a Yorkshire accent…
17. You understand the phrase ‘tin tin tin’.
In Yorkshire this sentence makes total sense. I challenge any outsiders to try and figure out what on Earth we are talking about.
18. You like a bargain.
'Ow much?!’ is a phrase that will leave the mouths of most Yorkshire folk whenever they spend even the smallest amount of money. We like a bargain and aren’t afraid to admit it.
19. You like what you say and say what you bloody well like.
Yorkshire folk aren’t afraid to voice their opinion. When we have one, you’re going to hear it.
20. You bring up Yorkshire as often as you possibly can.
Yorkshire pride is something you’re born with. Yorkshire and its many achievements will be brought up at every opportunity.
An example of our beaming pride was seen at last year’s Tour De France and in the ‘Yorkshire Independence Party’ (yes, such a thing exists).
It is God’s own county after all!