Delicious English: “Mardy” and “Chunter”

One of the most fantastic things about England is the regional expressions. As a logophile, I get exceptionally excited about new words. My favourite one so far is “mardy,” a northern word meaning something akin to grumpy or sulky.

As in…
“You’re certainly mardy before your coffee.”

Right behind this is “chunter,” which is a kind of constant grumble. You might chunter as you do the housework, for instance.

Sample usage:
“Quit your chuntering, you mardy bum.”

As you can see, English English is often related to “having a moan.” It’s a kind of cheerful misery, perhaps inspired by a sense of solidarity against the frequent grey skies.

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