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The best words and phrases that are unique to Rochdale

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Every town has its own unique quirks.

And whether it’s historic tales about the town hall, or conversations about your favourite town centre pub that’s no longer around, there are some things that you’ll only understand if you’re from Rochdale.

So when we asked you on Facebook to name the ‘most Rochdale thing someone can say’ it was no wonder we received so many responses.

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More than 500 of you replied to tell us your favourite Rochdale phrases and the things you’ve never heard anywhere else.

Discovering where a word originally came from and why it is used more in one place than another can be a difficult business, but we’ve highlighted five of our favourites below, straight from your answers.

Cruckle was the most common response from Rochdalians to our question.

For anyone who is not familiar with the word, to cruckle is similar to turning or twisting your ankle.

It’s a commonly-used Rochdale word that doesn’t appear to have travelled outside the town, often prompting bewildered reactions from visitors.



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Agate was another of the words that many of you mentioned.

Basically, it means ‘he/she said’ in the context of a conversation.

Example – “I spoke to my brother and he’s agate we should have potato pie for tea.”

Ginnel was an extremely popular answer to our post but there are some questions about where the word originally came from.

A ginnel is an alleyway or walkway between two houses and is a commonly-used phrase in Yorkshire and Lancashire where closely-built terraced houses are common.

The phrase ‘you couldn’t stop a pig in a ginnel’ is used to describe someone considered useless or incompetent.

Put wood in th’ hole is one of the older turns of phrase that made its way onto this list but its meaning is very simple.

To ask someone to put wood in the hole just means close the door.

It was one of the less common responses to our question but is still used.

Skriking (or stop skriking) is to ask someone to be quiet.

A number of people responded to our post with this word, which essentially means shouting or talking too much.

It’s not uncommon to hear people in Rochdale telling their children or other family members to stop skriking.

We’d love to hear more of your favourite words and phrases, drop a comment in below with any suggestions.

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