December 14 – An evening talk at Kirton on the English language by Charlie Haylock

It's official. We're not English anymore!!

Hello Together

It’s official. We’re not English anymore.
They don’t know what jandels are, glad wrap, gib board, hokey pokey, section, bach, togs, tramping, fizzy, lollies, ranchslider, tiki tour. OMG we’re foreign!

Charlie’s a man of his word. And that’s why we’re in ‘Silly Suffolk’. The medieval term Selie Suffolk means Holy Suffolk as there are a lot of churches in Suffolk. Charlie visited our exhibition in Burford and asked when we were taking the Medieval Mosaic to Suffolk. We said when we got invited and so from that moment, he was determined to make that happen. He talked about the mosaic on his monthly spot on BBC Radio Suffolk and then had an article printed in the East Anglian Daily Times asking for possible venues. Clare Perkins, the mayor of Woodbridge contacted us as a consequence and the rest, as they say, is history.

In the evening we had been invited by Charlie Haylock to go to a talk that he was giving in Kirton on the development of the English language from Pre-Roman to modern times. He was giving the talk to the Kirton Gardening Group who went to visit the Bayeux Tapestry a few years ago so he took the opportunity of introducing us at halftime.

Charlie Haylock is one of Suffolk’s leading entertainers. His informative and hilarious one-man shows are legendary in the county and his books have all been best sellers. Charlie has a regular spot on BBC Radio Suffolk with Lesley Dolphin, on the first Thursday of every month, talking about all matters Suffolk. It’s been christened, “Haylock’s Half Hour – for Forty Minutes”

Charlie’s first book was called “Sloightly on Th’ Huh!” which means slightly on a slope. Apparently, ‘huh’ has recently been added to the Oxford English dictionary. A good new word for Scrabble. This book beat Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci code’ for sales in Suffolk, quite an accolade!

His most recent book ‘In A Manner Of Speaking – The History of the English Language’ has already had three reprints. This book is a fun and fascinating exploration of spoken English following history from the time of the Roman conquest through to the days of the British Empire, chapters explore the beginnings of spoken English, how each invading force brought different sounds to the language, and how the English tongue has evolved over time. It is about how we came to speak our modern English, and why, even in the country of its birth, there are so many variations on the way the language is spoken.

We found Charlie’s talk fascinating especially to hear all the different words that are used in the Suffolk dialect. One I have used at the top of the page where I greeted you with ‘Hello together’ which you use when greeting more than one person. I think I may have to adopt that saying, it is very useful. He also explained how each accent in England was spoken and could mimic them all accurately. He could even do a convincing New Zealand accent.

A truly fascinating evening that left us wanting to learn more.

“Oi’ll see yer ‘amara Charlie”