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It’s not ‘on the huh’ to find a bit of Suffolk in the top English dictionary!

PUBLISHED: 06:00 28 September 2017

Charlie Haylock's cartoon marking the dictionary entry. Picture: CHARLIE HAYLOCK

Charlie Haylock's cartoon marking the dictionary entry. Picture: CHARLIE HAYLOCK


Coor, blust me, Boor! They’ve oonly gorn an’ put tha “Sloightly on th’ huh” in the owd Orxford Dicshunry!

Charlie Haylock. Picture: LUCY TAYLORCharlie Haylock. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Suffolk author Charlie Haylock is today celebrating a significant treble – and can even have a special cuppa to celebrate his success.

Today is the day that the Suffolk phrase, “on the huh,” officially enters into the Oxford English Dictionary.

Charlie’s first book, “Sloightly on th’ Huh,” a book about the Suffolk dialect, has exceeded 31,000 copies sold. It is believed to be one of the top ten books sold in Suffolk during the new millennium. The author believes that the success of the book helped popularise the phrase ‘on the huh’ and is one of the reasons why it has entered the OED.

Charlie’s latest book, “In a Manner of Speaking”, an easy to read history on spoken English, from Anglo-Saxon to the present day, has proved to be another success.

Charlie Haylock with his new 'on the huh' teapot. Picture: GREGG BROWN Charlie Haylock with his new 'on the huh' teapot. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Amberley Books, who first published “In a Manner of Speaking” in the spring this year, has completely sold out and ordered a reprint.

To celebrate this treble, Charlie approached Brett Hawksbee, owner of Carter’s of Suffolk, the hand crafted teapot pottery in Stonham Barns, to commission an ‘on the huh’ teapot, featuring all of Charlie’s publications including “Sloightly on th’ Huh” and “In a Manner of Speaking.”

The phrase has made it into the dictionary after a link up between BBC local radio stations across the country and the OED.

The radio stations asked their listeners, what dialect word or phrase, from their area, they would like to see enter the OED. Radio Suffolk’s listeners’ choice was “on the huh” which was submitted with all the other local radio stations. The OED then whittled the long list down to 12, of which “on the huh” was one, to be entered in the dictionary itself.

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