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.


Dialectmodern
a'raever a
avrozefrozen
ageanagain, against
aggyto gather eggs
aishthe ash
al'sall this
anighnear to
any-whenat any time
a-stoodedsunk into the ground
athirtacross
avorebefore
axto ask
backhouseouthouse
badsynonym for ill
ballyragto scold
bandylagscrooked legs
bankroutbankrupt
batchhillock
beas'beast
bavena faggot of untrimmed branches
becallto deride
beensbecause
beknownknown about
bibbershiver with cold
bidedwell
biddlebeetle
bird-kippyto keep birds from the corn
bissenbist not
bit-an'-drapa meal
blatheran uproar
bletherto bleat
bloothblossom
blue-vinnyblue-mouldy (a cheese)
bottomsteadfastness
boys'-lovethe herb southernwood
bragsboasting
brassenmade of brass
bremblebramble
brezeto press down
brucklybrittle
bundleto bound quickly
busginsshort gaiters
bumbyebye-and-bye
caddlemuddle
call hwomeannouncement of the banns
cradlehoodinfancy
chockvulreplete
clim'to climb
car'to carry
cas'ncanst not
chammerchamber
chawto chew
chetterlings/chittlensentrails of a pig
chippolsyoung onions
chimleychimney
chimpto break the shoots off potatoes
cider ringcider press
clackera rattle
clavy mantelpiece
clipseto clasp
cloteyellow water lily
cockleto tangle
collto embrace
cowleasean unmown field
countto guess
cripscrisp
croopyto stoop
croustyill-humoured
cubby-holea snug place for a child
culverwood pigeon
curdlecurl (as in hair)
cwoffercoffer
dabsteran expert
dadderto bewilder
drawlatchetenlazy
dewbitthe first meal of the morning
dirnthe sidepost of a doorway
dapto bound
dead-aliveapathetic
diddendid not
doustydusty
doutextinguish
drashelthreshold
drongnarrow passage
drowto throw
drinkyintoxicated
duckishdull, dark
ealeale
easementrelief
effetsnewts
eesyes
elemelm
emptto empty
emmetsants
ethearth
evenenevening
faddlea bundle
fallautumn
fantoda fuss
feacenfaces
fessproud
figgety-puddenplum pudding
flummocksto frighten
footyinsignificant
footlingbeneath contempt
furmentyfrumenty (sweet spiced porridge from hulled wheat)
gada stake
gawkto gape
geartackle, utensil
geategate
gi'eto give
gi'e outgive way, renounce
giftswhite spots on finger nails
gil' cupbuttercup
girtgreat
goocoocuckoo
goo wito court
GranferGrandfather
GrammerGrandma
gwaingoing
gwains-onriotous behaviour
haggleritinerant dealer
hag-rodbewitched
handyapproximate
han'-patready at hand
hapsto fasten
hassenhast not
hedlenheadlong
helto pour out
hetheat
hideto whip
hethhearth
hold-wi'agree with
hoboochild's name for a horse
hwomehome
jis'just
joppety-joppetynervous trepidation
keepcattle feed
knapknoll, rising ground
knot (in flower knot)flower bed
laggensleggings
leaseto glean after the reapers
leazefield stocked through the summer
lerretlarge boat
leeryhungry
lew or lewthsheltered from the wind
limberslender
lisomecheerful
litterconfusion
littygraceful bodily motion
lumpyheavy
maggottyfanciful
mainmighty
martena barren heifer
melto meddle
mid bemay be
miffa slight quarrel
mixendung heap
mistructfulsuspicious
nammetnoon meat, luncheon
nearmiserly
neshtender
nettlensa pig's inwards
nippersmall boy
nirrupdonkey
nippysharp
nitnot yet
nitcha bundle of wood as large as a man can carry
noggerheadblockhead
nu'ssnurse
opento open
ortsremnants of fodder
outstepremote
overlookto bewitch
overrightopposite
pankto pant
pantilesroof tiles
passonparson
peartlively
peaseto ooze
pelta fit of anger
pinslepimple
pleaceplace
plimto swell
plushas in hedge-laying
polethe nape of the neck
pookcones of wheat
pucksymiry
pummyapple pummace from the cider-ring
put-up-wi'patiently bear with
quagquagmire
quar'quarry
quobto quiver
raftto rouse oneself
raleto walk
raftyrancid
ramshacklerickety, broken down
ramshacklumgood for nothing
randymerry making
raneto press down
rateto scold
ratheearly
rayto array, dress
reddickrobin
reavesthe ladder-like framework of a wagon
reedwheat straw drawn for thatching purposes
reeveto unravel
rigto walk with difficulty
rinerind
riseto raise
rongthe step of a ladder
rowseto scare off
ruffa roof
sarchto search
sassyimpudent
scramsmall, awkward
scrimpyshrivelled
scuffto walk in a slipshod fashion
shacklenloose-limbed
sharda broken piece of wood or pottery
showlshovel
shodto shed
shroudto prune the heads of timber trees
sightnumber, quantity
sivescythe
skew-whiffaslant
skiffyleft-handed
skiverskewer
sluck-abeda sluggard
smitcha cloud of dust
snagssloe-berries
snoffcandle-snuff
soggysaturated
span-newwholly clean or new
spar-gadssticks to be split into spars
speakera stake on which to carry a bundle
sprackactive
sprylively
staddlethe framework of a rick
studmystified
taffetyfanciful
taffletangle
teakenan agitation
teaveto struggle
tellto reckon
tetchyirritable
thickthat
thirtoverperverse
tiltypeevish
tinklebobsicicles
toleto allure
traipseto tramp
trigsound and firm
turmitturnip
twiteto reproach
twanketenmelancholy
undercreepensly, hypocritical
unrayto undress
upsides-wi'to be even with
urgeto retch
vall tobegin
valievalue
vardenfarthing
verseyread the bible verse by verse
vittyproper
vlinderssplinters
vollyto follow
vowerfour
vu'zfurze
wagto stir
wantsmoles
werdenwere not
werretto worry
whindlenweakly
whiststye or inflammation of the eye
whickerto neigh
whiverto hover
winka winch or crank
wizzen or weazandthe windpipe
wopsywasp
wrackconsequences
yeoewe
yopto talk rapidly
yolleryellow
zealesack
zebnseven
zewsew or sow
zummatsomething
zummerleazeunmown grass for summer feed
zwailto swagger
zwealto scorch