WordBank Acrostic Challenge: Celebratory Selection Part 2
UOSH Volunteer and poet, Amy Evans Bauer, writes:
As we approach solstice, pantomime horses, the holly and the ivy, and festive schedules in which we often have to be in two places at once, here is the other half of WordBank’s own two-parter…
Part 1 of our celebratory selection contained poetry, comedy and a riddle. Part 2 below features the lists with which it all began, followed by the sophistications of the challenge’s advanced category!
Sonic choreographies come to you from the furthest corner of our challenge in South Africa (hello!), before Yorkshire has the last word with a moving image (blog pun intended) of spoken language—and of our shared acts of listening across silences and other gaps.
As you read, click on the hyperlinks so as to hear the lexical items in WordBank that form the fabric of these archive-led works of slang art.
—Holly Gilbert @CollectingSound
A special thanks to Holly for being the challenge’s first entrant!
—Jonnie Robinson @VoicesofEnglish
—Amy Evans Bauer @AmyEvansBauer
See SAMI for wumpert, argy-bargy and kerfuffle
Wasted not are you, unwind sweet torment,
Or overner, here, in land of nod.
Rowie thy flavour, bewitching thy scent
Dimpsy or dusk, you and I interlocked.
Bugger, they don’t understand our love!
Ach y fi, laugh I back, yours is the loss.
Now then, mind I not share with them my dove?
Keek ye may, her round body touch not, pus!
Uber-rich am I not, nor cute am I,
Ohrwurm, thy name stuck on my heart’s beat, shy.
Somewhen you’ll grow bored of me, my toffee.
Hey lads hey, hear: I’m soft on my coffee!
—Patricia Furstenberg @PatFurstenberg
The Dalesman to the Academic
On and on for nobbut t'sound o'thysens,
Reight glib an' reckonin' nowt to it,
Durst ever stop to ponder
Bout the weight of air
Around a word—the clemming
Needing filling, that you cram for fear
Knowing what empty means?
Us'll teach thee
Only eejits fear the gap;
Sniff out the right word, if tha must, but
Harken—silence ain't a trap.
—Clare Mulley @simply_spiffing
Yorkshire dialect, based on the way my Grandad used to speak
A huge Thank You, THX, ta and cheers to all who took part. If you didn’t have a chance last month but would still like to try your hand at a dialect or slang acrostic, we hope you have a spell-tastic time!