Tha's niver knowed me

mariana79

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Turkish
Hi
In Sons and Lovers there is a part where the mother is saying to the father that when you were young you had a very good figure, the father does not accept and keeps saying that I am getting older and older, which the mother does not agree, then the father says in dialect: "Tha's niver knowed me but what I looked as if I wor goin' off in a rapid decline." What does he want to say. "You never knew me, I keep getting into a decline?

"Me!" exclaimed Morel--"me a good figure! I wor niver much more n'r a skeleton."
"Man!" cried his wife, "don't be such a pulamiter!"
"'Strewth!" he said. "Tha's niver knowed me but what I looked as if I wor goin' off in a rapid decline."
 
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    "Tha's niver knowed me but what I looked as if I wor goin' off in a rapid decline." What does he want to say. "You never knew me, I keep getting into a decline?
    "All the time you've known me, I've always looked as if I was going off in a rapid decline." (I think he means he always looked very thin, as though he was sickening for a serious illness.)
     
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