Overseas visitors offered UK dialects guide

by William ASTON on June 20, 2012

A UK hotel chain has offered assistance to overseas visitors through an eight-page guide that details the country’s regional dialects.

Jury’s Inn produced the pamphlets while attempting to help Olympic tourists have a better understanding of a variety of British accents, ranging from inner-city London slang to  colloquialisms often used by the Scottish. The Regional Greetings guide by the hotel chain chronicles the various ways a tourist could ask for the most essential of UK refreshments - a cup of tea.

Those visiting London should request a “Rosie Lee”, while those staying on Merseyside might have better luck asking for a “Cup o’ char”. In Birmingham, tourists ought to call the beverage a “Kippertae” and anyone visiting Manchester must enquire after “Scooby Doo”.

Additional phrases recommended for tourists to the capital include the word “Beef” for trouble, “Safe” for good, “Butters” for ugly, and “Innit” for isn’t it. Residents of Liverpool are most likely to use words including “Bizzies” for police or “Boss” for good.

In the Midlands, Brummies might say the word “Bostin” for brilliant, “Mardy” for grumpy or “Cob” for bread roll. Back up north in Yorkshire, residents are often overheard using the phrase “In a boo” when someone is in a mood or “Chuffed” when they are pleased with something.

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