Hi everyone, as you get to know me more through my blogs you might question some of the quirky little phrases I use, this is because I’m from Yorkshire and of course speak all the lingo! Whilst my accent isn’t as strong as some, I still like to use a good old phrase here and there. Leaving for university I thought going from Yorkshire to the Midlands would avoid the North/South divide. Wow, was I wrong. Out of my 5 flat mates the most northern after me was south east London. So here are some of the problems I encountered with my VERY southern flatmates!
Pronunciation is grounds for mortal combat when it comes to ‘grass’ or graaaass’ and don’t even get me started on the ‘mug’ or ‘mug’ debate (I know you just said them differently in your head). Within a few weeks I can guarantee you’ll be switching between northern and southern every time you say something that’s questionable. But don’t think you’ll get away it, your friends will wind you up regardless of how you say it. Annoying. I remember on the bus into university during fresher’s week, there was a major debate over ‘scone’ and ‘scon’. The answer is still under debate.
Food is also something very exciting when surrounded by Southerners. I quickly became in charge of the gravy EVERY Sunday as well as making Yorkshire puddings from scratch. I realised chips were a northern delicacy and we will pair them with EVERYTHING (even curry). My two uni sisters came up to visit for the weekend and my mum took us to the seaside, they both had scraps on their chips and one even had chips and gravy, whilst I thought it was funny they believed it to be revolutionary!
At the end of the day though I wouldn’t swap my Southerners for anything. Pret actually is worth the money although it’s got nothing on a Greggs sausage roll. And when you’ve explained your quirky phrases once you’ll be overjoyed to hear your bestie from Devon claiming your room looks like ‘Blackpool Illuminations’ when the furthest north they’ve been in the UK is Bristol. They even helped me to become a vocal chameleon, you should hear my phone voice now. It’s safe to say that I’m proud to be an honorary Southerner.