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I couldn't find the meaning of "ter" in any dictionaries. Here's the context:

"What about that tea then, eh?" He said, rubbing his hands together. "I'd not say no ter summat stronger if yeh've got it, mind."

What does "ter" mean? Thanks!

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  • What is the source of the quote?
    – Void
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 11:29
  • @Void from a novel.
    – user516076
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 11:36
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    @Void - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 11:37
  • Please always post the source.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 14:16
  • The only thing I'd add to the existing answers is that "ter" should be read non-rhotically.
    – rjpond
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 14:42

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ter summat stronger if yeh've got it

is used to show heavy accent or a dialect by writing words as they are pronounced (see Phonemic orthography).

Here ter would be the phonemic orthography of to:

I wouldn't say no to something stronger if you've got it, mind.

(I have written in bold the words that were replaced to imitate accent.)

This site indicates that this is how to is spelled in Eye dialect. WordSenseDict agrees.

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    It is not an attempt. It is a way of showing dialect.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 14:17
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    "Summat" doesn't mean "somewhat". In Yorkshire and Derbyshire dialects, "summat" = "something".
    – rjpond
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 14:50
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    @rjpond: It can mean "somewhat" too according to this source. But you are right, I should include all variants. Will edit.
    – fev
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 14:53
  • Modern people that say summat like 'summat' in their speech, meaning 'something', are very unlikely to use 'somewhat' either in a standard or dialectical way. That source was from Adam Bede (George Eliot, 1859). Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 17:16
  • Summat goes right down from Yorkshire/Lancashire via the Midlands to the West Country (they say it in Bristol). Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 21:44
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The book is using Hagrid's voice to show he comes from a rougher, less high class background. In plain English, he says: "I'd not say no to something stronger if you've got it, mind." The use of "I'd not say no" instead of "I wouldn't say no" adds to the effect.

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  • Right, to becomes ter in his speech.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 14:10

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