Hear Say: Is the only ‘writing way’ Essex?
A SIGHT for sore eyes last week was the story of how a school is rising up against slang – with the headmistress telling parents not to teach their youngsters a string of mispronunciations.
The stance by the Sacred Heart Primary School, in Middlesbrough, certainly gladdens the heart.
They spell out 11 incorrect phrases: “I done that”, “I seen that”, “gizit ere”, “ I dunno” and “it’s nowt” being blacklisted, while parents were reminded that “yous” should not be permitted because “you is never a plural”.
There’s one I’d very much like to add.
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It sounds like the rude four-letter word beginning with “c”, which I hate, when trying to say they “couldn’t do it”.
The school uses the very valid argument that they want to equip the youngsters for the world of work by helping them to speak properly.
But it has sparked the debate over whether Queen’s English is proper, and whether slang, dialect or accent have an equal place in British language.
In which case, let’s explore the Essex accent, which came last in a recently popularity poll.
See if you can work out these recently published Essex terms ... and whether you think they have a rightful place in modern English.
Ab sloo ny mare
Bangow da vorder
Ig stench urn
Lye po such shurn
R B yoniz wivya
Spee day tin
Tess mess itch
Wozbin app nin
Read all of Michelle Hurst’s Hearsay column in the Grimsby Telegraph today