A bit nesh
Today I went for a walk in Epping Forest with my dog and children, and my daughter started complaining about the cold, although it was actually quite warm and sunny. To my own surprise I found myself saying: “You’re a bit nesh, aren’t you?”
Nesh. It’s a northern word; I get it from the Yorkshire side of my family. It means soft, weak, frail, unable to endure hardship. I often used to have it said to me when I was a kid and went to stay with my cousins up in Yorkshire: as a soft southerner I was accused of being nesh every time I complained about getting my feet wet or being tired or getting stung by nettles or, especially, feeling cold. I wonder if it’s still widely used in the north? Anyway I bet I was the only person who uttered it in Epping Forest today.