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Thread #153823 Message #3605714
Posted By: Will Fly
28-Feb-14 - 04:42 AM
Thread Name: BS: A tour of the British Isles in accents
Subject: RE: BS: A tour of the British Isles in accents
Not at all bad though, like Yorkshire, he could have done a tour of Lancashire on its own - and excluded Liverpool. I think every county probably has distinct areas where the accents are subtly different from each other - accents which locals will detect and "foreigners" won't.
I remember taking my driving test in Palmers Green in North London in 1971. We finished the test and the examiner - who happened to be the Chief Examiner for that area and who put the fear of God into the candidates - said, "You've passed - well done." Then he said, "And how long is it since you lived in Bolton?" Bolton's in the north-west of the country, in Lancashire, and has a distinct local accent. Ask anyone from Bolton to say, "How's your brown trousers" and you'll know what I mean.
Pity he didn't do the Midlands collection - Birmingham (subtly different from the Black Country), and particularly the Potteries. I have a Potteries dialect book somewhere entitled, "Arfur Tow Krate In Staffycher."