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Accents and dialects

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Andrew Report 6 Feb 2013 20:43

A lot of my mums family came from the Black Country. I had two maiden aunts who lived together just down the Birmingham New Road from Burnt Tree Island in Dudley. They had very thick accents and used to talk at the top of their voices. I used to pity the neighbours. Both lived well into their 90's


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♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 6 Feb 2013 20:53

The Tudor funerary brass mentioned is in memory of my 18th Greatgrandfather

"me roots be deep in this county" :-D


Sharron Report 6 Feb 2013 20:53

You are right over the other end to us Carol. Did they say somewhen?

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♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 6 Feb 2013 20:57

Yes Sharron, sumwen ;-)


Sharron Report 6 Feb 2013 21:07

That is a very localized word.

I thought everybody used it until I was in my thirties and talking to somebody at a meeting and telling her I had always lived in the village.

I was quite taken aback when she said "You say somewhen don't you?"

Doesn't everybady?!


FootieAngel Report 6 Feb 2013 21:09

Hi Andy I kno that area really well me n my sisters talk loud when we get together x


LadyScozz Report 7 Feb 2013 01:52

OH's first visit to Scotland was in time for New Year's EVe :-D

He was having trouble with the the "eeeeeeeuuuuuuuuuuuch" at midnight, so he joined in with his own Aussie version.....




+++DetEcTive+++ Report 7 Feb 2013 11:01

Living in one of the Home Counties in close proximity to London, I can’t think of any word that is unique to my area, unless you count the pronunciation of place/road names.

One road written Broaditch is Braditch and St Johns is pronounced Sin Gins’. The latter caused an argument with the ‘Boss’ when working full time; Luckily someone I grew up with agreed with me!


PollyinBrum Report 7 Feb 2013 11:29

I heard the tail end of the news yesterday saying, King Richard 111 would probably have spoken in a Black Country accent.......... :-D


JustJohn Report 7 Feb 2013 11:34

Paula+ I think I made that point in the second of my posts that have been reported.

But you will now have to wait to see what I wrote :-( :-( I thought at first it was because I had written "Owd Cock" in my first post and then translated it as "my dear old chap" :-D :-D


PollyinBrum Report 7 Feb 2013 12:01

This may sound odd, but I have been told I do not have an "accent", I do love some of our old local sayings. My fathers family all came from Birmingham/Sutton Coldfield, sadly not many of the oldies left but I still get called "Bab" and I love it. <3 <3


Eeyore13 Report 7 Feb 2013 12:12

I don't have an accent either-my late Mother didnt like the "local" one or that of Relatives on both sides of the family. I do miss being called "Duck" by my Aunt, she had no accent as such but you can hear the sayings echo through the family.
West Bromwich being the loudest contender :-)

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♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 7 Feb 2013 12:20

Listening to your own recorded voice can come as a shock. I did not think I had an accent till I listened to it played back to me.

Whether it be broad with a strong dialect or that of the Queen, it is still an accent of some kind.


GeordiePride Report 7 Feb 2013 12:22

David - aa wish aa nu wot yi wor takkin aboot man


PollyinBrum Report 7 Feb 2013 12:22

The funny thing is, when I heard myself on tape I hought it was my sister speaking.

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♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 7 Feb 2013 12:33

My brother has lived in the USA for 30 years, he now sounds American to us, but he is still teased out there for his English accent. :-D


GlasgowLass Report 7 Feb 2013 13:06

We had a discussion on this subject last night.
Whilst we all love local dialects, I have to admit that I sometimes cringe..
The number of fellow Scots who use incorrect... tenses!
How many times do you hear a Scot on TV saying something like " We have came this far" "We had went to the football" .
Not only is it spoken, my friends and family also use it in written form.
Am I wrong to say that many will be unaware that this is grammatically incorrect?


FootieAngel Report 7 Feb 2013 13:58

I have an accent and very proud of it. I'm from Dudley and haven't lost any of it. The West Bromwich accent is totally different from the Dudley accent we also have dialects in those areas although they not too far apart x


Merlin Report 7 Feb 2013 14:14

Hey Footie, Gornal, that the place where they put the pig on the wall to watch the band go by. :-D :-D


ButtercupFields Report 7 Feb 2013 14:35

After nearly fifty years living in London, I am proud to day I still have my Irish accent. I didn't consciously hang on to it, it is just part of me :-)