12 Things That We Just Can’t Reach Agreement On
Whilst not strictly an 80’s themed article, these issues are certainly important to us 80’s kids! You grow up thinking you understand the world in which you live but as you get older and travel or meet people from different parts of the country your world is blown apart when you realise that something as simple as the humble teacake is known by so many other names!
Let’s start with the most controversial of them all…. Teacake, bread roll, cob, barmcake, bap….. anymore? Let us know where you are from and what you call it in the comments. I am sure most will agree this is definitely a Teacake!
We grew up calling this a snicket but for some people it is a ginnel, gennel, alley or passage.
When you went down the the shop to spend your pocket money did you buy sweets, spogs, spice. I have always liked spogs best, such an 80’s word!
4. Evening Meal
Where I am from you went home for your tea but this caused great amusement to my southern friend who insisted it was Dinner. If that was the case then my Dinner Ladies at School must have been turning up to work at the wrong time. Breakfast – Dinner – Tea. Let us know if you disagree!
This one is pretty standard, we all call it a scone and how Grandma loved to make these, but we pronounce this word very differently. Is this a scone or a scon?
6. Fish and Chips
Ahhh, the nations favourite….. our good old Friday night treat….but who would have thought what a minefield this simple meal could be. First of all, we have ‘bits’ (bits of crispy, fatty batter) on our chips. However, in some parts these are called ‘scraps’ and in other parts they don’t even serve them!!! That is not all. In the north you throw a load of salt and vinegar all over your fish and chips. In the south they prefer lemon with their fish. How do you eat yours?
Remember how we would dread Sunday nights, bath time and then the toenail scissors made an appearance. If you were posh you would have had a barth, the rest of us had a bath.
In the playground there was always a group of kids playing this but what did you call this game?
Aye up Duck, You alright luv, steady on flower …. we love our affectionate little words but there are so many of them. Which one do they use in your neck of the woods? Whilst we are the subject of ducks, research carried out suggests they have regional accents. Cockney ducks make a rougher sound to be heard above all of the noise.
Oooh gravy! In the north we love gravy on everything and it is proper gravy too, nice and thick so you can almost stand a pencil up in it. Not like that watery jus stuff they have down south!
Northerners often don’t bother with this word – “I’m off to t’shop”…… “I’m going to the shop”.
There are 2 main differences as far as the pint of lager is concerened. Generally, the further north you go, the bigger head you will get and the cheaper the pint will be. A 2017 survey found that Liverpudlians pay an average of £2.90, whilst in Londoners pay a whopping £4.50 on average. Cheers!