Monday, September 08, 2008

Mithered

Since coming here, I've been listening carefully to the local accents and the remnants of older and regional English. There's still quite a lot of it about.

My aunt, whose ancestry is all Manchester, uses "mither" quite a bit. "I'm not mithered about it".

Late 17th century, unknown origin, possibly Welsh moedrodd to worry or bother. Possible alternative from the Welsh meidda (“‘to beg for whey’”) or perhaps meiddio (“‘to dare or venture’”). Bear in mind that the "dd" in Welsh corresponds in sound to the "th" in mither.

Pronunciation

* IPA: /ˈmaɪθər/, SAMPA: /"maIT@r/

Verb

Infinitive
to mither

Third person singular
mithers

Simple past
mithered

Past participle
mithered

Present participle
mithering

to mither (third-person singular simple present mithers, present participle mithering, simple past and past participle mithered)

1. (intransitive, Northern England) To make an unnecessary fuss, moan.
2. (transitive) To pester or irritate someone. Usually directed at children.

"Will you stop mithering me!"