Just a quick question... Last week, I was entertaining some friends, and took them out for dinner to a nice Indian restaurant in the village. Towards the end of the meal, they were getting rather jovial and began taking the piss. I told them jokingly, "Mind where these jokes are heading, otherwise you'll be walking up that bank instead of being driven up it", as I pointed out of the window towards the steep road that climbs back up towards my house. They looked perplexed. Within a couple of minutes, I discovered that neither of them (nor my OH) had ever heard of a steep hill being referred to as "a bank". Is that just a north-east thing then? Does anyone else here sometimes call a steep hill, "a bank"? Also, can you think of any local words from your area that we can all have a guess at?