|Each year in advance of the annual dinnner of The Society of Dorset Men, the King/Queen was sent a telegram. In 1950, the telegram ran as follows:|
To His Majesty King Jarge, Oonce more, the Zociety o' Darset Men, voregather'd round their vestive bwoard at th' Darchester Hotel vor their Yearly Junket, d' zend Yer Most Graishus Majesty their dootiful greetins and expression of unswerven loyalty an' devotion. May Yer Majesty be zpared to us vor many years as our pattern an' guide. I d' bide, vor all time, Yer Vaithful Zarvint and Counsellor,
|The dialect as spoken fell into disuse during the 20th century, though there remain today older folk who can render it well. It is in the work of William Barnes that the dialect is best preserved in writing both in his poetry and his grammar and glossary of the Dorset Dialect.||
There is a very fine double CD recording of the spoken dialect,
by renowned Dorset man Tim Laycock and others, pictured right.
Also see the Contents.
See The Year Clock poem.