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Old 17-10-2012, 00:48
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I have family who live near Newark and know the area very well and have never heard any of those words and phrases before... never mind understand them!!
That type of lingo is most commonly used by the gypsies, people from the rougher areas and kids. Every school kid knows what 'someone's chorn me chockers' means (stolen my shoes) but very few adults would seriously speak like that.
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Old 17-10-2012, 01:16
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'me duck' is more Ilkeston - a town between Derby and Nottingham. It gets as far as Derby, but not much. A characteristic East-Midlandsism is how 'nowt' is pronounced. Oop north, it's pronounced to rhyme with clout. Round 'ere, it rhymes with boat.
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Old 17-10-2012, 01:18
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Who cares?

They've got the prettiest girls!
I can vouch for that - some of them really are stunning
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Old 17-10-2012, 01:38
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I first came across the Nottingham accent in D H Lawrence's masterpiece 'Sons and Lovers'

But it read from the page like a lancashire or yorkshire accent

Maybe because I'm from Lancs i was reading it in my accent..............

But when i knew people from Nottingham and visited there it seemed pretty non-descript............
D H Lawrence was based around Eastwood, which is NW of Nottingham. The villages around there have accents that sound more like a mix of Nottingham and Yorkshire.

The accent in Nottinghamshire varies a lot from north to south, and also within the city itself. The accent of someone brought up in Aspley, Strelley and Broxtowe (areas I mostly lived in as a child) is different from Bulwell, which is again different from West Bridgford.
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Old 17-10-2012, 01:43
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Oh, if you're looking for famous people who have Nottingham (or very similar) accents, then Samantha Morton and Lauren Socha (in Misfits) or her brother Michael (in Being Human) are good examples, though the latter two are from Derby. It's very similar though. Socha's chavvy accent in Misfits sounds just like some of the girls I went to school with .
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Old 17-10-2012, 02:39
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They say 'duck' a lot.
As tinman and somebody else said that's more a Derby thing
And the most slovenly and lazy drawl...

ent i... (isn't it)
doown cha (don't you)
Ent I is incorrect, ent I means "haven't I" but it's more of a "ant ah" anyway.


Isn't it is "int it"

Don't you is more "done ya" (done is pronounced like dome but with a "n").
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Old 17-10-2012, 02:43
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It's not Nottingham as such, but Rebecca Adlington is pretty close.
Nothing like, she's from Mansfield and talks "proppa".
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Old 17-10-2012, 02:45
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Without offence to people from there, I think Mansfield has one of the worst accents in the country... It horrid!
Worse than the north east or scouce........... Your having a laugh.
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Old 17-10-2012, 15:42
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"Jugger dahn" did you go to the football match.?

As others have said the accent varies from area to area. When I lived in Calverton a mining village just outside Nottingham, there were a lot of Geordies who had come down in the 60s to work in the pit.
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Old 17-10-2012, 15:58
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They say flow like floe if you can work out what I mean by that. I like the accent it's good
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Old 17-10-2012, 16:22
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"Jugger dahn" did you go to the football match.?

As others have said the accent varies from area to area. When I lived in Calverton a mining village just outside Nottingham, there were a lot of Geordies who had come down in the 60s to work in the pit.
Hence it having it's own 'Geordie' club :P
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Old 17-10-2012, 17:23
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I was born & brought up in Croydon But lived in Nottingham for over 25 years with my Notts OH - he doesn't have a particularly strong accent but I can hardly understand his sister - who lives in Beeston!

Just the word Bulwell gives me flashbacks and makes my stomach churn.
Worked in the Jobcentre there for 2 years - a totally alien land (AKA the ars*hole of Nottingham)

Rebecca is from Mansfield... there's even a swimming pool there named after her
My ex sister in law is a swimming instructor there

Overall:

1) My neighbours were suspicious of me as, according to my husband, 'I talked "posh"!'

2) People 'turn around' a lot there - as in 'She turned around and said to me'
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Old 17-10-2012, 17:49
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1) My neighbours were suspicious of me as, according to my husband, 'I talked "posh"!'

2) People 'turn around' a lot there - as in 'She turned around and said to me'
You can add "I did ne more to do...." and "It dunt mek no nevermind" to those who "turn around" a lot! It's something, but it ain't English...
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Old 17-10-2012, 17:57
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They only speak like that in Bulwell ' or Bu''ll as they pronounce it .
True, spoken in true Bulwellian Bulwell has only one syllabel
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Old 17-10-2012, 20:35
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1) My neighbours were suspicious of me as, according to my husband, 'I talked "posh"!'
Oh yeah, I can well believe that. Again not wanting to offend, I don't find Nottinghamshire a friendly county

I find people don't like 'outsiders' there much sadly
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Old 17-10-2012, 20:38
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Worse than the north east or scouce........... Your having a laugh.
No I'm not, sorry

The north-east accent is quite nice on the ear, the Notts accent is just harsh sounding. I lived many years in Nottingham and never grew to like it, even when I visit now, I don't find it nice to listen to
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Old 17-10-2012, 20:50
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2) People 'turn around' a lot there - as in 'She turned around and said to me'
Oh blimey.............that's something that you don't hear much now but was really common usage when i was younger

Haven't heard that for ages !................
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Old 17-10-2012, 20:57
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They say flow like floe if you can work out what I mean by that. I like the accent it's good
Yes that is a really typical example of the accent - the 'o' sound is exactly as you describe it so that 'no' becomes 'noe'. The 'i' sound is also flattened, so that 'like' sounds more like 'lark'.
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Old 17-10-2012, 20:57
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the Notts accent is just harsh sounding. I lived many years in Nottingham and never grew to like it, I don't find it nice to listen to
Me neither, I grew up in Nottingham, my parents said it sounded common and would correct me if I slipped into it. I now do the same to my grandkids in Derby or "Darbeh" as they say here.
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Old 17-10-2012, 21:00
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As a big fan of Shame Meadows films I find I'm quite fond of Midlands accents.
Brilliant. Dead Man's Shoes is my favourite film.
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Old 17-10-2012, 21:13
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I was committed to the mental hospital in Bulwell once and what a shithole.
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Old 17-10-2012, 21:19
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I was committed to the mental hospital in Bulwell once and what a shithole.
I lived there for a while. Never liked it. The people there are very odd. They stare at you suspiciously. No matter how long you've lived there you are an outsider if you weren't born there.
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Old 17-10-2012, 23:25
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I used to have a couple of cousins from Leicester - I think the area was called Primrose Hill or something like that?

Had a job understanding them and often used their mum as the official interpreter!
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