Yorkshire folk are renowned for their straight sense of humour, laid back demeanour and ‘funny’ accent.
But sadly, there are some other things Yorkshiremen (and women) get accused of that aren’t quite as favourable – and many are just plain wrong.
Yorkshire has seen a lot of inward migration in the past two decades – obviously – with people now starting to see for themselves why our county is so wonderful.
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But when you venture out of the county, or if you meet newcomers (or as we call them, offcomers) some may have some preconceived connotations about the type of person you are, or what life in God’s Own County is really like.
Here’s a list of a few tired old stereotypes which Yorkshire folk are sick to the back teeth of, and things you probably shouldn’t bring up when you’re in the county or around Yorkshire folk.
‘You’re all tight with your money’
Let’s get this one out of the way first.
It’s the most common thing uttered about people from Yorkshire – that we’re tight with our money.
Have you ever heard the saying: “A Yorkshireman is a Scotsman with all the generosity squeezed out of him” – referencing how Scots are also stereotyped as being tight but not as tight as Yorkshire folk.
So, I guess it’s time to stick up for Scottish folk as well as the fine people from Yorkshire.: We’re not tight. We’re just smarter with our money.
Listen, if you lot down south are fine with paying £7.50 for a pint, then that’s fine with us.
Tight with our money? Not us!
Always remember the Yorkshireman’s Motto:
‘Ear all, see all, say nowt
Eyt all, sup all, pay nowt
And if ivver tha does owt fer nowt
Allus do it fer thissen.’
In translation, this means: Hear all, see all, say nothing; Eat all, drink all, pay nothing; And if ever you do anything for nothing – always do it for yourself!
‘You all talk the same’
If you presume that everyone in Yorkshire has the same accent then you probably have not even been to Yorkshire – which is shocking enough in itself, really.
Yorkshire’s accents are surprisingly diverse – Bradford, Hull, Leeds and Sheffield folk all sound very different – so don’t generalise.
Also, when most people mimic the accent, they get it horribly wrong. Namely, shoving ‘t’ in front of every word as if that’s even how that works.
People in one city sound nothing like people in another in the county
If you start to mimic a Yorkshire person’s accent, you should fully expect them to mimic yours, too.
‘You’re all stubborn, narrow-minded or rude’
This one might be the most asinine of all, if we’re being honest.
Just because people from Yorkshire may be more ‘to the point’ and honest about what they say, that hardly means we’re stubborn, nor are we narrow-minded or rude.
The truth is quite the opposite, Yorkshire folk tend to be as nice as any you’ll come across in the country.
Go to any Yorkshire pub and you’ll be able to find someone to talk about literally anything with.
If you walk into any Yorkshire pub and compare doing so with a pub down South – there are a few noticeable differences – but one will be that everyone is talking with everyone.
‘You all wear flat-caps and own whippets’
We don’t all wear flat caps and own whippets – but they are cute dogs!
I genuinely have not seen someone wear a flat cap in Yorkshire since like, the 1990s.
Quite simply, no, we don’t all own flat caps and walk in fields with our whippets hunting for badgers. (Leave the badgers alone!)
Not that there’s anything wrong with flat caps – it’s just become a bit of a boring stereotype.
Thinking we’re too proud of where we’re from
Okay, so on this one, you may have a point.
But I ask you, why is this a bad thing?
I don’t think anyone in Yorkshire will apologise or feel offended that people think that they’re too proud of where they are from!
Some claim that it comes from some sort of deep-rooted insecurity.
We really aren’t sure what we’d be insecure about – Yorkshire is called God’s County for a reason, you know!
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