Sayings you’ll only know if you’re from St Helens

Merseyside is a region with a fairly unique and diverse dialect and accent

Someone from Liverpool may sound completely different from someone who hails from St Helens, and the vocabulary used by people from the two areas could not be more different.

Much of St Helens' dialect and the town's accent is more closely related to that of Lancashire, rather than scouse, likely as a result of the town's strong industrial links with Lancashire towns historically, when St Helens itself was also part of the county.

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One man from St Helens took to Facebook to celebrate the town's unique dialect, and to highlight some of the sayings used by those who call 'Sin Tellins' home.

The ECHO compiled a list of sayings you have to know if you're from St Helens.

'Our Maude'

Unlike Liverpool, where you might hear someone refer to their girlfriend as their 'bird', travel up the East Lancs to St Helens, and you might instead hear someone call their wife or girlfriend 'Our Maude'

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Unlike some of the other sayings on this list, this one isn't completely exclusive to St Helens, with people from other nearby towns such as Wigan also using 'Our Maude' as a term of endearment.

'Were you made at Pilks?'

St Helens was a major hub during the industrial revolution and well up through the 19th and 20th centuries, and this was largely down to the booming glass industry in the town.

A major player in this was Pilkington's Glass, which began in 1826, when St Helens Crown Glass Company was formed by John William Bell and capital was raised from three wealthy families who lived in the area.

If stood in front of a television screen in St Helens, it's not uncommon to hear 'Were you made at Pilks?'

That would be your cue to move out the way of the screen.

Pilkington's Glass is a historic St. Helens institution

'Split and fish'

If you were asked which food you associate with St Helens, you would likely say some kind of hearty pie, or, if you were from the town, you might reply with a 'split and fish'

But what exactly does that mean?

It's actually a dish you could ask for in any chippy up and down the country, but with a unique name- the 'split' simply refers to half chips and half peas, a staple of a St Helens diet.

One St Helens resident said: "I don't think other areas ask for a 'split' in the chippy!"

Words beginning with 'th'

One of the major differences between St Helens' dialect and that of the rest of Merseyside is the adding of 'th' to the start of a word. For example: "He's going to the hospital." Would become "He's going th'ospital."

Or, "Put the oven on." Would become "Put th'oven on."

A pub in the area even adheres to this, with The Bird I'th Hand, a popular bar, taking its place close to the town centre.

'Put wood in the hole'

A lot of residents said they have heard the phrase "put wood in the hole" in St Helens, which means to shut or lock a door.

Pam Quinn-Marsh said: "Put wood in th’ole

Valerie Atherton commented: "Put wood int thole!

Christine Curling commented: "Put wood in hole."

Donna Smith said: "Put wood in'th ole, meaning shut the door, or looks like Blackpool illuminations in ere, turn the lights off, run up/down the brew, avenue or street on a hill, or trying get over a high wall asking your mates give you a pog up, ha ha ha…"

Emma Speakman posted: "Put wood in thole."

Eunice Ellison said: "Put peg in th'ole. Close the door."

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