I'se Yorkshire, too. I am as deep as you are, and am not to be
bamboozled. The North-countrymen are proverbially “long-headed and
cannie.” A tale is told of a Yorkshire rustic under cross-examination.
The counsel tried to make fun of him, and said to him, “Well, farmer,
how go calves at York?” “Well, sir,” said the farmer, “on four legs,
and not on two.” “Silence in the court!” cried the baffled bigwig, and
“Now, farmer - remember you are on your oath - are there as many
fools as ever in the West Riding?” “Well, no, sir, no; we've got our
share, no doubt; but there are not so many as when you were
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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