A Northerner​ in London

Where I come from saying, “Am made up,” “Gorra cob on,” or “Am Fumin” is pretty standard.

If you haven’t guessed, I was born in Liverpool and can speak fluent Scouse. I moved to the Big Smoke 18 months ago and whilst I have travelled and lived overseas for the past 10 years I still feel like the biggest northerner when living in London.

Here’s why:

CHATTING TO RANDOMS ISN’T NORMAL
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Photo Cred: Viktor Forgacs / Unsplash

Eye contact and chatty conversations with someone, anyone, up north are completely normal and friendly. But find yourself doing it in London, especially on the tube then be prepared for confused and sometimes irritated reactions. There seems to be an unspoken rule that you’re not supposed to chat or god forbid make eye contact? I have now taken to fitting in with wearing earphones and refraining from eye contact but anyone who tries to chat fear not, I’m up for it!

NEITHER IS CURRY SAUCE WITH FISH AND CHIPS

This chippy delight is just not complete without that thick, tangy curry sauce. Nuff said. End of. Fact.

IT’S SARNIES NOT BUTTIES

Prepare for the emergence of Peter Kay as you ask for a butty down South, if you fancy a sandwich you’re best asking for a sarnie!

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Photo Cred: Kazuend / Unsplash

AND IT’S TEA NOT DINNER

“What’s for tea?’ is one of the most common questions up North. But down South, it’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve now adapted and tea is solely linked to Yorkshire Tea. By the way that’s the only tea what us Northerners drink.

SALAD CREAM IS CONSIDERED WEIRD

Especially with pizza. I don’t get it, it beats ketchup hands down.

THEY LOOK AT YOU FUNNY IF YOU ASK DO THEY WANT A BREW

Reserve the brew for up north, it’s tea or coffee in London unless you find a fellow pal to chat northern with. We drink tea 24/7 and the kettle is probably the most utilised home appliance so tea, brew, cuppa who cares as long as there’s one coming.

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Photo: Sheri Silver / Unsplash

Are you a northerner in London? Am I alone in this?
I would love to hear any funny stories!

N x

So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.

5 Comments

  1. March 14, 2018 / 11:00 pm

    Goodness I thought we had those regional dialects here in the states. Interesting. Same country but things have a different meaning depending on what part of the country you’re in.

    • niccimcshane
      March 15, 2018 / 12:15 pm

      Oh really what other differences are there over there?!

  2. March 15, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    If you go to Rhode Island and ask for a hero sandwich, they’ll say, oh you mean a grinder. The Midwest states call sodas , “pop” whereas up in Boston, we say “tonic”. In Pittsburgh , it’s not a sandwich , it’s a “sammich”. We won’t even talk about dialects between the different Southern States.

    • niccimcshane
      March 15, 2018 / 3:15 pm

      Oh wow I never knew any of those phrases! Thanks for sharing! I’ll know now next time I go!

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