Saturday, November 8, 2008
A lesson on accents from Clippy Mat. Day 8.
This is a clippy mat.
I too am a clippy mat.
(because Clippy Mat is rhyming slang for Pat).
There the similarities end.
These hand made mats were made from the clippings of old clothes by people who didn't have much money; most likely they were still made into the 1940's would be my guess.
We didn't have any when I grew up, but my parents had them in their homes when they were children.
A clippy mat was also known as a proggy rug.
"Divn't drop ya dottle on the proggy rug."
Which in translation means,
"Please, do not drop your cigarette ashes on the hand made rug."
Where I am originally from, if you are not a native of the region, you might require a translator to assist you in understanding the accent of the local populace.
This is why people here who do not know him, look at me for clarification after m.o.h. has spoken.
His accent is stronger than mine.
I think I am more 'refeened'.
(that's a joke)
So, We are the proud owners of what is known as a Geordie accent.
You know, if you are from London, then you are a Cockney and have a Cockney accent.
So people from our neck of the woods are called Geordies.
and there are quite a few theories on why that is.
The one I like is about those who swore alliegance to King George as opposed to .... need to check that historical fact again, er somebody we Geordies didn't like many moons ago.
So a Geordie accent sounds like this:
This is Bobby Thompson, aka the "Little Waster."
His comedy was based, for the most part, on events before I was born.
He had 2 or 3 acts which didn't vary much in content but he was an absolute genius. This is an example of a Geordie accent.
There are variations.
If we'd had a separate currency in the N.East of England Little Bobby's picture would've been on it.
His act flourished in the working men's clubs across the North East in the sixties and seventies.
Let me know, what you think.
and here's another favourite of mine, Vicky Pollard.
She's deviating from her usual accent here.
which is NOT Geordie.
but she just cracks me up.
and I had a great laugh on youtube this a.m. watching her so I thought you might like it too.