"To my good friends, welcome to another post that takes a look not just at the speech of Newcastle but that of England." *
Perhaps even more difficult then learning the English language itself is having to cope with all the different accents and dialects - Geordie here in Newcastle, Cockney in parts of London, Scouse in Liverpool, I could go on.
Having most likely learnt what we term the 'Queen's English' as a second language it really must be difficult for non native speakers to arrive in England only to find that the language they are faced with may bear little resemblance to the language they have been taught - indeed a friend of ours from 'doon south' had great difficulty with some of our more, err, accented friends who may just as well have been speaking another language - only one of the reasons why some campaigners believe regional accents (and dialects in particular) should be discouraged at all costs. Myself? I love hearing different accents (I won't pretend I always understand them) as to me it is all part of the rich tapestry of life.
Anyway, I witter ......
Linguists have found that Britain's traditional dialects are enjoying an unlikely resurgence - thanks to the power of the internet.
In news certain to disappoint defenders of the Queen's English colloquialisms once understood only in Manchester, Newcastle or London are entering mainstream use throughout the country.
Dr Eric Schleef, a lecturer in English sociolinguistics at the University of Manchester, said "Dialects were traditionally passed on relatively slowly through spoken language. But social changes such as the speed of modern communication mean they are spreading much faster than they would have.
"Twitter, Facebook and texting all encourage speed and immediacy of understanding, meaning users type as they speak, using slang, dialect respellings and colloquialisms. The result is we are all becoming exposed to words we may not have otherwise encountered, absorbing them into everyday speech." Matthew Moore, the Daily Telegraph.
So what are the words on the street?
NORFOLK - Mardle (talk)
CORNWALL - 'andsome (lovely/good)
LIVERPOOL - Boss (good) Scran (food) Bizzies (police)
ABERDEEN - Ken (know) Bairns** (babies)
NEWCASTLE - Canny (good) Ket (sweets)
MANCHESTER - Mint (good) Mardy (moody)
MIDLANDS - Cob (bread roll)
LONDON - Sick (good) Whack*** (rubbish) Butters (ugly)
*To translate English into Geordie click HERE.
**Also used in Newcastle though not just with regard to babies. Despite my being 40+ my mam still refers to me as the bairn.
***With a totally different meaning here in Newcastle, it means to hit someone/thing.
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