Which of these words do you use for something to eat?​

When you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat in between meals, we found that snack is the most widely used term for this across England. Although 64% of respondents chose this term, 15% also opted for scran, especially those connected with regions across the north of England. Increasing numbers of young people also seem to be using the word scran, so we may well see its popularity continue to grow.

The term bait is also used in Cumbria, Northumberland, County Durham and North Yorkshire, but its popularity seems to be waning among young speakers. Meanwhile, snap remains a popular term in South Yorkshire, and its use also extends to Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Birmingham. The term bagging is only used infrequently in parts of the north-west now, but it is being used by some 18-24-year-olds, so there may be life in bagging yet!

Terms that appear to be falling out of favour include bevers, tommy and docky, although a clear hotspot for the use of docky may be seen on the word heat map around the West Fenlands and Cambridgeshire. In addition to all of the above, our respondents provided us with a further 69 words to describe something eat, with popular answers including grub, nosh, nibble, bite, munch and fodder.

This bar graph animation shows how the use of these words has changed over time.

Interactive words map

Click this button to view the different responses to this question on a map.

You can tick the boxes on the side to select a word and show the places the word was used by the people who completed The Great Big Dialect Hunt. This map is based on where people grew up, not where they live now.