Right lads & lassies here's the outsiders view. I'm not a native of S-O-T & live in Peterborough (stoke supporter 31 yrs coz of Banksie in case you're wondering why). First of all the Stoke accent is the best in the world , i wish i had it (gimme lessons plz). It is true though you do sound like scousers with a bit of brummie thrown in but don't start seething & all come searching me out on satdee at the Brit for a kicking you're accent is unique & its great to hear every time i'm there. Keep it up you're soooooo lucky to have it i wish i did you ought to hear my shit southern accent its orrible >
I guess to the un-trained ear it can be mistaken for scouse at times (especially the way R. Williams lays it on a bit), but the best way to summarise the Potts/North Staffs accent is to say that we do tend to stress our vowels a bit at times, duck.
If you want a great illustration of the dialect/accent - I love some of the examples on this site
Post by RipRoaringPotter on Mar 1, 2004 11:05:27 GMT
Coming from Stone, I havn't got the foggiest what my accent is meant to be ??? ??? ??? ???
I get a bit of Stokie from my mum (Satdee and Sent-nul) but apart from that it seems to be just mixed in. I think it's just a general common accent which most people seem to have in Stone. Not quite Stokie but not far off.
Some people sometimes say I talk bollocks, is that an accent? ??? ;D ;D
I lost my broad Potteries accent a few years after leavin' Hanford when I was 5.... Still come out with the odd word every-so-often (hey, all my words are odd), but what wi' my Mam bein' a northern lass (Preston), an' my Dad bein' a Stokie (Kingsley), my accent's been butchered by northern-ness....WAAAHHHH!!
Folk up here say I'm southern, folk down south say I'm northern...
Let me tell you now,our accent sounds nothing like the bloody Scouse accent,the only similarity is that we say look(not 'luck) and so do they! I always remember an argument was it Sooty and sweep or Sooty(sutty) and sweep!!!!
If you go up north,they always know where we're from- Duckland as they call it!!!!
As soon as you say duck,people know where you're from!!!!
Speaking as another non-SOT born Stokie, I think the Potteries accent is fantastic. It's completely unique and always brings a smile to my face, especially when heard out of context.
As a kid I would always be confronted by my grandad or uncle who would bark "At owraight 'ar yuth?" at me, and despite my startled look of incomprehension would repeat themselves until somebody intervened "He wants fer know if yer owraight!".
Undeterred, I took a crash course in Arfer Tow Crate, May Und Mar Lady and Owd Grandad Piggot and now proudly consider myself relatively able to hold conversations with my extended family. I also feel priviledged to be realtively able to pull off a few words of my own relatively convincingly, although due to the rest of the country's complete lack of apprciation of the art of how one should 'tow crate' this usually falls to a stony, unappreciative silence.
For me, it's one of those things that gives you a warm feeling of homeliness and nostalgia, with memories of coal fires, the boothen end, my grandad and cheese and bacon oatcakes. And something which nobody else around here appreciates, uninitiated as they are as to what one should do with a "bow", a "wow" and precisely at what point one should cease to "yed" the former against the latter.
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