Friday, 18 December 2009
The Vagueries of English
Just for the benefit of readers around the World, I will try to clarify some of the expressions that not only I use, but which you might come across when viewing British websites.
My regulars will be aware that I live in the Northeast of England, so to make it easy I will say we are called Geordies. Some useful words and sayings follow:
Canny Dia:nice day
The Toon:Newcastle upon Tyne or Newcastle United Football Club
Wor Lass:My wife,my daughter or my sister.
Ha Wey!:Fuck off!
Ar Divnt Na!:I don't know!
Ar man ye feckin blaked:I say old chap you are drunk!
Yea suthern bastad!I take it you are from down south!
In other parts of the country you will experience a different set of expressions.
In London you have cockney rhyming slang, which some of you might have come across watching Guy Ritchie films like Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch.
Simple examples follow:
Apples=apples and pears=stairs
Bottle and Glass=Arse
In other parts of the country accents are different:
In Yorkshire the lads will say' Aye I sup some stuff!' Meaning I had a few beers!
The West Country Lads will say arr ass roit good beer that is, arr! Meaning the beer is ok!
Oi reckon the sheep round ere are ok. This could mean Welshmen or Norfolk lads who obviously are attracted to sheep, so be careful!