ex- Okehampton now Florida
Wendy "Trunkie want a bun" not sure of the spelling, Think it means being nosey. Where does it originate. It means you are nosey, like an elephant searching for a bun with it's trunk. Not a Devonian expression as far as I know. I never knew the origin of Grockles and had commented on the large black birds here in US called Grackles..thanks to this site I have learnt it is a name for jackdaws, who cause trouble and steal things...hmmm. A lot of very old English words and dialect terms came over here with immigrants and remained part of the language. They still call handbags 'pocket books!' terminology which diasppeared in UK hundred years ago! Where be mammy to? Moi dear soul! And once when I came rushing out of the butchers in Okehampton to catch my bus, an old lady said to me " Landsakes, Where be foire then?" It still makes me smile. Bleddy is dialect for bloody which does indeed mean By Our Lady and is a mediaeval oath sworn to do something in the name of Mary. Sad corruption of a noble intent. The Wren Trust does wonderful work in oral history and folk music in Devon. look them up! They're based in Okehampton. NOT Oakhampton!!