Birmingham and the Black Country are known for their local sayings - which ones have you heard of?
Birmingham and the Black Country are well known for their words and phrases as well West midlands dating quotes their distinctive accents. Some sayings are peculiar either to Birmingham or to the Black Country, others are found in both areas.
It can be tricky to determine exactly they originated because language spreads over time. But according to our readers, all the expressions listed here are spoken in the West Midlands. Some might also used in other parts of the country, whether they were taken there from the West Midlands or the other way round.
Bostin' is a well-known word meaning amazing, brilliant or excellent. Bost is like the similar word bust slang for broken, and so the word bostin' means the same as 'smashing. Our kid is a term for a brother or sister usually younger. It's also used to refer to any younger "West midlands dating quotes," friend or colleague 'Come on our kid, let's get the bus into town. Babby is a local variation of baby, and the shortened form bab is often used as an affectionate term for 'love or dear', as in 'How are you, bab?
Fittle West midlands dating quotes a local word for food, and therefore 'bostin' fittle' is a way of saying great food - it's also the name of a restaurant in Dudley. Going round the Wrekin is a popular local phrase in the Midlands. It means taking a long and rambling route to a destination or taking a long time to get to the point of a story. The Wrekin is a hill in Shropshire.
Bill is a reference to William Shakespeare, with his mother being Mary Arden of Stratford and the rainstorm usually approaching from the south-westerly direction one of the main directions for incoming winds and storms to sweep into the UK from the Atlantic. Yampy is a well-known Midlands word used to describe someone who is daft, mad or West midlands dating quotes the plot. A piece is a local word for a slice of bread and butter, and sometimes also for a sandwich.
The expression 'Never in a rain of pigs pudding ' means something will never happen. The word noggy means old-fashioned or outdated, according to cjp22 31m via Twitter.
A cob is the "West midlands dating quotes" word for a bread roll, supposedly because the small round loaves look like street cobbles. To bawl is to cry loudly, such as the noisy wailing and sobbing of an upset child. The phrase ' go and play up your own end ' is shouted at children who are being a nuisance in the street, telling them to go away and play outside their own homes instead.
Lamp means to hit or beat up as 'I'm going to lamp you if you carry on', 'He gave him a right lamping. Snap is a word for food or a meal - "I'm off to get my snap" is what someone might say when they are going to get their dinner.
The West Midlands has an extensive canal network and Birmingham is said to have more miles "West midlands dating quotes" canal than Venice. Locally, residents refer to a canal as ' the cut ' such as saying they are going 'up the cut' - meaning they are heading along the canal towpath to get somewhere. Back of Rackhams - this phrase had its origins in the red-light spot once at the back of Rackhams department store now House of Fraser in Birmingham city centre. A Birmingham brewery named a real ale Bhacker Ackhams after the infamous location.
If someone is accused of being cack-handed or caggy-handed, they are usually doing something in a clumsy or fumbling way. The phrase also describes someone who is left-handed. You'll 'ave it dark is a phrase accusing someone of being West midlands dating quotes slow in doing something, meaning it will be night by the time they have finished a task.
A face as long as Livery Street means someone looks miserable. Livery Street is a very long street in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. If someone talks about a couple or threethey just mean two or more, a few but not very many.
Your donnies are your hands. Chobbling is a word for chomping or munching loudly, and youngsters crunching on sweets might well be West midlands dating quotes to 'stop chobbling yer rocks.