’Ow do one an’ all, an’ ta t’everyone for the latest postin’s. Good t’ave yer contribution Mike, an’ thanks agen for yer ’elp with Alfred Causier an’ ’is beerhouse in Ladywood on the History Forum. Interestin’ t’know as a Sussex lad y’d say dizzy t’mean light ’eaded, but that in yer younger days y’would ’ave used giddy.
There’s actually another word from down where y’come from, an’ that’s swimy/swimmy, also sometimes found as swimmy-headed. Whilst not born there, me mom grew up in Gillingham, Kent, an’ ’er would say swimmy t’mean giddy.
Ar y’re right an’ all, Sheldonboy, about the wireless an’ telly ’avin’ an effect, an’ both mass media an’ education ’ave indeed been great levellers when it comes t’dialect speech in England. Thankfully, though, there’s still plenty of regional variety, which I believe we should celebrate.
Y’re not wrong about American influences either, Voltman, mind, summut else that’s ’ad an impact is contemporary music. In fact, in relation t’the issue of giddy or dizzy we mus’n’t forget Tommy Roe’s late-1960s hit ‘Dizzy’!
Anyroad, I’ll come back t’the traditional divide between the use of giddy an’ dizzy, as well as word origins, in another postin’, but in the meantime we’ll see if anyone else feels like tekin’ part in me little survey?