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Madamacadamia Thu 25-Jun-15 13:45:09

I'm trying a children's story for the first time. My main character is a girl aged about 8 - 11. I currently have her saying 'Wow' and 'Oh dear', but I wonder if she would really say these things? The setting is present-day, Yorkshire.

MadeMan Thu 25-Jun-15 20:20:47

"By 'eck!" is a Yorkshire phrase I believe.

Madamacadamia Sat 27-Jun-15 19:05:38

Yes but sounds more like what an older person would say.

MadeMan Sat 27-Jun-15 19:39:27

I dunno, I quite like the idea of her going round like an oldie saying things like, "By 'eck, things it weren't like that back in my day, chuffin' Nora!" smile

Spirael Thu 02-Jul-15 12:46:15

I live in Yorkshire, if my daughter is anything to go by then each sentence should be prefixed with "D'you know..."! hmm

"Wow!" is fine, but "Oh dear!" would probably be "Uh oh!", depending on context.

DeeWe Mon 06-Jul-15 11:30:45

I don't think either of those are things my dc used. Wow possibly occasionally. "Cool" is one they use, but will probably date.

Mind you dd2 says "Gosh" and ds has some even more old fashioned ones like "By Jove" picked up from Biggles and various books, so I'm not the best one to comment.

ppolly Mon 06-Jul-15 19:15:18

Currently doing the rounds at our school is 'what the.....' 'and 'awesome' and 'OMG'

Madamacadamia Mon 06-Jul-15 23:34:16

Thanks for these. Settled on Wow! and Oh heck! for the moment.

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