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From: B Hough <>
Subject: Re: [CHS] Re: Cheshire Accents
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 17:00:40 +0100 (BST)
Hi ya Beverly
Regrading the word mither, people in Macclesfield and parts of the north west still use the word mither, to mean annoy or pester someone.
Mither is pronounced my-therrr.
From watching the telly, here in the UK, mither appears to be being used more often now than before, in shows made outside the north west.
I suppose it is a bit like like asking for barm cake, vienna or bap when shopping in a sandwich shop. Barmcake is a common phrase in Macclesfield but I don't think it is that common elsewhere.
In my own humble opinion there isn't a single Cheshire accent, different parts of Cheshire have been influenced by the surround areas of Staffordshire (Congleton) , Lancashire (Bollington) and Chester (Merseyside).
One of my Hough ancestors, who was originally from Bollington, emigrated to Michigan. He was a good footaller and managed to play for a team called the Lancashire Americans in the 1920s.
From: Beverly Porter [mailto:]
Sent: 21 April 2006 01:16
Subject: [CHS] Re: Cheshire Accents
When my grandmother as a child came over from Macclesfield to the US in 1880, she said that she, "mither" and six children had taken the ship.
(Naturally, she was the only one who didn't get seasick!) Was this a Cheshire accent or just her way of talking?
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From: "Donald Tomkinson" <>
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: Cheshire Accents
Most people I knew with a Cheshire accent would have said "Feyther" rather than "Farther"