Since Thoresby is the only remaining coal mine in the area, it’s no surprise that the dialect is vanishing. Project pit talk is intended to keep phrases such as "by, I'm gaggin' for a swaller, where's your Dudley?" in use in the East Midlands.
Natalie said: "What we are seeing is that there are patterns of use around the East Midlands – words like ‘dudley’ for water bottle are used by some miners, and for some only for those under the ground. Words like ‘chocks’ are used in different ways across the East Midlands to mean different things and a word like ‘snap’ is used by everyone"!
Natalie and the team hope to be able to explain how mines opening and closing has resulted in shifting populations and consequently the evolution and loss of some of the original pit talk.
If you have any information which may help the project, please get in touch with Natalie and the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.