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A dialect is a non-standard form of language that is used in a particular local region. Examples of English dialects are Geordie (from NE England, especially Tyneside) and Scouse (from Liverpool) It's best to avoid regional terms in formal writing as people from another part of the country may not understand them.

Here are some examples of dialect words included in the Oxford Dictionary of English. Words described as ‘northern English’ may be from any northern English regional dialect:

standard English northern English Scottish
alley ginnel vennel
child bairn bairn
armpit oxter oxter
sulky mardy
turnip neep neep
afraid feart


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