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(, Sun 1 Apr 2001, 1:00)
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Regional variations
What weird terms for things have you heard from people in other parts of the country?

Barm cakes to buns, snickets and ginnels, let's see what odd things you call everyday stuff. Then we can laugh and point at you.

In Scotland, paper bags are 'pokes'. And in South Yorkshire, they used to call liquorice 'spanish'.

Alt: best toy of your childhood.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 11:59, Reply)
People in milton keynes think driving at 60mph for 15 minutes is a commute.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:01, Reply)
ANd that Milton Keynes is somehow a nice place to live

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:02, Reply)
People in Milton Keynes think corners are the work of the devil

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:02, Reply)
We have lots of corners, we put them on the gravestones of people who say bad things about milton keynes online.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:03, Reply)
My parents live in a New Town
It's like the planners were playing with a new toy. A roundabout-shaped toy.
And there are the weirdest sculptures randomly thrown about in the middle of housing schemes.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:05, Reply)
That explains the jealousy, everyone knows MK is the best new town.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:08, Reply)
That's like saying AIDS is the best illness.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:09, Reply)
IT'S SUFFOCATE THE ANTS!!!

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:02, Reply)
By MB

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:03, Reply)
TERRORISE!

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:06, Reply)
IT'S FACKING PARALYSE.
*WIPES UNDERNEATH*
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:59, Reply)
When I first moved to Cheshire, I found it extremely odd that people referred to chewing gum as 'chuddy'
WHY, DO YOU FUCKING CHUD IT OR SOMETHING?! Weird fuckers.

I call them buns, not barms.

Alt: I used to have metal Thunderbirds toys, and Tracy Island, they were awesome. Either that, or the huge box of lego I had, that was just made up of bits and bobs.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:04, Reply)
oh man
I remember calling it chuddy. Nasty
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:45, Reply)
They call rolls here, "barms", I thought that was an invention of Corrie for years till I moved over here.
When you can get them, they call scraps "scratchings", and even charge for them, which is a bloody travesty. The bits of loose batter from the chippy, in case Southern types are confused.
Alt, apart from the obvious "your mum", anything military; Action Man, soldiers anything which had guns involved.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:05, Reply)
Down here they have no concept whatsoever of scraps.
They just throw those bits away. The fools.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:06, Reply)
The best "scrap" is one containing a bit of fish; a few of these, with chips and mushy peas and that is your major fatty groups.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:18, Reply)
We call them screeds here. I know not why

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:22, Reply)
I believe that Coventry is unique in referring to bread rolls as batches.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:06, Reply)
I know a fact about Coventry.
The black eagle in its coat of arms is a throwback to the Saxon Earl Leofric, who used a black eagle as his banner. Leofric's wife was Godgifu, who went down in history as Lady Godiva.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:27, Reply)
I know another one
it's a bloody shithole.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:32, Reply)
Oh, but everybody knows THAT one

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:36, Reply)

bloody shithole place of great importance and historical significance, often unfairly maligned.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:37, Reply)
I have been to Coventry on several occasions
the only redeeming thing is the Ikea, and that's not exactly high praise, is it?
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:38, Reply)
When I last went to Coventry
the town gates were opened by a cave troll.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:40, Reply)
is that what they call their women?

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:00, Reply)
You seem to have things entirely the wrong way around
The Ikea is an abomination. Look behind it and you will see a lovely 14th century church, one of the few things that survived the blitz and subsequent post-war redevelopment.
If we had done more to preserve what remained after the Luftwaffe had finished and allowed fewer Ikeas, precincts and fucking car parks, then it could still have quite a nice city centre.
And don't get me started on Cathedral Lanes.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:42, Reply)
When I was last in Coventry
I was chased out of it again by a Nazgul.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:42, Reply)
Is this some sort of Star Trek thing?
I don't get any of your nerd references.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:50, Reply)
LotR you fucking pleb.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:51, Reply)
I'm with Tangles on this one
Coventry suffers from 50's and 60's redevelopment. It's a nice place with lots to do and see. The centre, however, is an abomination by today's standards - in the 50's & 60's it was state-of-the-art. It's kinda tired now.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:50, Reply)
Are mosques allowed to drive in Cathedral Lanes?

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:55, Reply)
True...

And in Leicester they call them 'cobs'...

fucking weirdos
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:27, Reply)
'Batches'
Because they are cooked as 'Batched rolls' I:E in batches of 2, 4 or 6 joined together.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:33, Reply)
"Barm cakes to buns"
They're baps.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:06, Reply)
They certainly are
*squeezes*
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:08, Reply)
"Rolls", sorry.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:18, Reply)
Batch

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:26, Reply)
I thought I was in another country when I was introduced to the stottie
A big soft bap filled with sliced beef and gravy.

Alt: Meccano.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:10, Reply)
'Going yem' is going home up here.
I'd love to know who came up with that one, the daft Geordie loon.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:11, Reply)
Isn't that just a pronounciation thing though?
Wales is fairly similar. I have a friend you says 'by yere' for 'here'.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:13, Reply)
But when they say home as a stand alone word they say 'home'.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:51, Reply)
garn yem

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:55, Reply)
Geordie pronunciation
Is closer to original English than current accepted standards. It's the Scandinavian influence.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:22, Reply)
That explains the pillaging and village burning too

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:23, Reply)
No, that's just when Tourettes gets pissed off.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:25, Reply)
I like how one of the most northerly town in Britain is called 'Sutherland'
on account of how the vikings named it. Or something.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:26, Reply)
And someone told me that there's no archaelogical evidence that Vikings wore horns on their heads...
...and someone else told me that modern Russians are descended from North Scandinavian Vikings.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:30, Reply)
Closer to original Danish, surely?

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:32, Reply)
Is Danish not Scaninavian now?

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:33, Reply)
He said it was closer to original English
which is not a Scandinavian language, so I don't quite understand why a bunch of Danes would keep the original pronunciation.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:34, Reply)
Ah.
I misunderstooded. Must be your foreign accent.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:36, Reply)
Midlanders call roundabouts 'islands'
which I find hugely irritating. It's a roundabout; islands are those little bits of concrete you get in the middle of the road so you've got somewhere to stand when you're crossing it.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:16, Reply)
This also explains why no cunt drives around them
choosing instead to continue in a straight line. I have a near miss and row with another driver at nearly every roundabout I encounter here.
"Straight over the island?"
No, GO AROUND THE ROUNDABOUT!
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:26, Reply)
I don't think it helps that it's pronounced OI-land, either
bloody Brummies.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:28, Reply)
The Coventry accent is nowhere near Brummie
Never mind the differing 'Brummie' accents from all over the black country.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:31, Reply)
Bloody Midlanders then, if you prefer
Although it does get softer as you go south and east. The proper Black Country accent is quite definitely the worst.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:33, Reply)
East Anglian for "worthless junk"
Tut - pronounced "Toot". And wasps are known as "Jaspers".

And a lady's front bottom is referred to as a "Biffa".

Alt: Lego by a long shot. I had the car chassis with the adjustable seats, rear suspension and moving pistons. I tried to build it into a Ferrari Testarossa, but ended up with something that resembled a Hillman Imp instead.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:20, Reply)
And in South Africa
A traffic light is referred to as a "Robot".
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:22, Reply)
And a black person is called a Kaffir.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:02, Reply)
Thus causing lols when purchasing Thai ingredients

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:03, Reply)
It's a bit ironic in that I believe it is of
Arabic derivation and the Saffers hate them too.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:13, Reply)
Lets see...Carnwarl talk
Oggy - Pasty
Proper Job - Good
Emmet - Anyone not from Cornwall (from the Cornish for ants)
Dreckly - soon/sometime/never/when i'm fucking ready i.e. I'll do it dreckly
Nod - Knew
Blod - Blew
Ansome - Great
Also what you lot call swede we call turnip which is better than its actual name, which is Rutabaga.

alt. My Manta Force spaceships
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:21, Reply)
How do you lot say "No, I want carrot in my pasty!"?

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:22, Reply)
We say wake me up
when September ends.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:26, Reply)
We call emmets 'grockels'
and in Scotland, turnip is the orange one and swede is the purple & white one. 'champit neeps' is mashed swede.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:25, Reply)
You in Devon then?
We call the Plymouth lot Janners. Filty fucking Janners. Nearly as bad as those fucking Choppers from 'Druth
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:27, Reply)
Zummerzet innit

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:28, Reply)
Oh,
I'm sorry. If there's anything I can do just ask.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:31, Reply)
Swede is short for Swedish turnip

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:27, Reply)
Battered is short for

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:54, Reply)
not enough vitamins as a child

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:11, Reply)
We do the same with the swapping around

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:30, Reply)
Root vegetable confusion abounds.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:31, Reply)
I don't listen to regionals, RP only, thanks.
Alt: Scalextrix and Lego. Although my mum delights in telling people about the time I was found playing with a Sylvanian Families kitchen playset.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:23, Reply)
+last week

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:54, Reply)
is it just me or does the mirage table look shit?
its just a projector screen and a webcam
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:31, Reply)
What?

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:56, Reply)
Mrs Cow is of Yorkshire stock and uses ginnel and such like
There is a sandwich shop in Newcastle called Baps too

Alt:
LEGO, all the way
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:35, Reply)
Oh, I've just remembered
My mum called sweets 'spice' too. A bag of spice with some spanish. Lovely.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:37, Reply)
we used to call sweets 'grots'
but I think that may have just been in Crewe. It meant that the sweet shop was known as the 'grotshop' which has an alternative meaning these days
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:41, Reply)
I'll have a mix up

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:42, Reply)
Difficult to get it all the way
Can usually only manage an inch or so.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:38, Reply)
Use a flatty fourser

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:41, Reply)
Hur Hur, 'baps'
Then again, this is just down the road from me.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:43, Reply)
*fails to find GIF with Japanese people shouting supplies*

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:45, Reply)
You're shit.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:50, Reply)
ta

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:51, Reply)
You're both shit

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:53, Reply)
Well dur

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:56, Reply)
Here's another fact.
The modern North/South divide runs along the same parallel as the old boundary between the kingdom of Wessex and the Danelaw. This is also thought to be the reason why Northerners and Southerners have different mindsets. The civilised, cultured South versus the Northern wasteland full of ill-educated savages.

Not much has changed.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:39, Reply)
we're harder
and blonder than you
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:40, Reply)
haha!

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:42, Reply)
Apparently it runs from Cleethorpes to Gloucester
And is zig-zagged:
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dht1z
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:48, Reply)
I thought the Danelaw border ran up the route of Watling street.
And is really an East to West divide, so your your theory sucks balls.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:50, Reply)
You aint ever been down Edmonton
or Watford
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:51, Reply)
I love Watford and it's town centre
Sorry, I meant street
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:53, Reply)
Tsk you ent bin the Harlequin

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:55, Reply)
I forgot about that place
at the end of the town street
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:56, Reply)
In the potteries there is a great word
'chongy'. It refers to what cheese does when it goes all stretchy. That and 'nesh' (when you are susceptible to the cold)

alt: spirograph. I want one now
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:40, Reply)
nashy in Sunderland means rubbish
as does shan
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:41, Reply)
Due to the inherent racism that exists in the older generations in Cornwall
we have some light hearted slang words for people from other countries

Indian Man or Woman - Paki
Pakistani man or woman - Paki
Saudi Arabian man or woman - Paki
Tunisian man or woman -Paki
Iraqi man or wom... oh you get the idea.

All these words were said in a restaurant so its ok.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:50, Reply)
West Indians are Pakis ?

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:53, Reply)
What are Bangladeshis called?

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:54, Reply)
Dave

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:21, Reply)
It's OK if you've had a Chinkie beforehand.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:10, Reply)
I don't really know any regional ones on account of london being the center of the universe, but I have a few yiddish ones.
Nosh - To have a snack, or reffering to the snack itself.
Broygus - To have a feud for not much of an appparent reason.
Hullishing - To really be longing for something food related, where you're thinking about it all day.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:51, Reply)
Is a moggy a mouse, a cat, or a mole?
THE best way to start a fight in any Northern. gathering.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:54, Reply)
A cat
End of
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:55, Reply)
No, a Morris Minor.
No debate necessary.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:56, Reply)
I demand a mass debate

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:04, Reply)
Wahey!

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:22, Reply)
*helicopters*

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:23, Reply)
Cat.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:57, Reply)
Cat, obviously
anyone who says different is a lunatic.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:00, Reply)
Cat, never heard it be anything else.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:00, Reply)
Nosh means something else to me.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:57, Reply)
£20

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:58, Reply)
11p

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:58, Reply)
and a swig of your mouthwash

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 12:59, Reply)
Listen sunshine
Kroney charges 20, no haggling. Waggling costs 5
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:00, Reply)
I think thats where the word comes from.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:01, Reply)
In Liverpool
a "straightener" is a punch up, not something you do your hair with.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:09, Reply)
In Glasgow that's a rammy
I can't think whether I've heard anyone 'giving it laldy' outside of Scotland.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:12, Reply)
Yes, in Sunderland too

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:18, Reply)
Do they have a term for tax payer?
I doubt it.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:12, Reply)
And no word for "job"
unless it means having a shit.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:14, Reply)
Their lexicon is sorely restricted.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:15, Reply)
Ey

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:19, Reply)
Sassenach, presumably?

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:15, Reply)
I don't think that's scouser. More northern I believe.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:16, Reply)
North of the border, it's what we call you english bastards.

EDIT: although I think it's also what teuchters call lowlanders.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:21, Reply)
I'm glad the Scots have a sense of belonging, and the welsh and paddies too.
Belonging to the English.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:25, Reply)
Subjugation - that's what ya' need.

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:29, Reply)
*Bravehearts*

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:30, Reply)
Yeah - but we took your freedom didn't we?
Because we are BETTER than you.
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:32, Reply)
If you wanna be a recooooord breakeeeeerrrrr

(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:30, Reply)
An East London term for nothing
is "nish".
(, Thu 10 May 2012, 13:22, Reply)

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