A Southerner’s take on Liverpool

Posted on 28 February 2015
By Sarah Noble
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Applying for UCAS and deciding on a University far, far away from your home town may seem scary, but a lot of students do just this.

Students originally from the South find that coming to Liverpool feels like you need to ditch your slang and how you pronounce words to learn a whole new language.

That’s a joke, but people from Liverpool do love to have different words with completely different meanings.

If you are not from the city, it is unavoidable to have these words drilled in to you by Scousers as soon as you set foot in Liverpool.

You think you’ll bring the southern side of yourself to Liverpool? Forget it.

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself asking someone for a ‘chewy’ instead of chewing gum and calling people that you are friendly with a ‘lid’. No you’re not calling someone a removable piece of plastic which covers a container. It seems to be between the word ‘kid’ and ‘lad’. Two words not commonly used either down south, but we absolutely love it.

Another word you may be familiar with, if you’ve come to Liverpool for the night, is the word ‘prinny’. It’s as amazing as it sounds; it’s short for princess. The word is most commonly used in hash tags and for captions under an Instagram picture before a night out in ‘conny square’ (Concert Square). You may also find the night out being described as ‘sound’ or ‘boss’. It does not mean someone’s manager from M&S came along to Baa Bar for three shots of dave, but as in it’s a great night out.

Eyebrows may be raised to these Scouse words, but not as much as these Scousers love to raise their eyebrows to how southerners will pronounce the words ‘bath’ and ‘grant’. It is a common occurrence to be told that there is no letter ‘r’ in these words. You may go back home and be in complete shock when you say the word ‘basket’ to not have anyone imitate your accent.

Meeting students at university who have the same accent as you is an immediate ice breaker. Southerners team up with others because how they say the words ‘basket’ and ‘glass’ is completely correct and no Scousers can say otherwise. For now.

However, falling in love with Liverpool is inevitable. It is full of the friendliest people always asking how you are, even at a checkout paying for a weekly shop. You are also never too far away from a Lobster Pot but more importantly, you will never get over the personality and character that this city holds.