Liverpool conjures up an image of the Beatles, football, ferries across the Mersey, the Grand National annual horse race and a dialect that is often impossible to decipher.
Liverpool, in the county of Merseyside, is a place that I am proud to say I'm from. If you haven't been to this city then it's about time you did. A true
Liverpudlian is a person of passion, charm and resilience with a strong sense of belonging. I'm not from the heart of Liverpool but was born 'across
the water' as they say, across the River Mersey, on the Wirral. A true Liverpudlian might call me a 'plastic scouser' or a 'woolyback', which refers
to someone not born and bred in Liverpool itself.
The term 'scouser' (/skaʊsə/) is a nickname for people from Liverpool. Scousers are named after a once-popular working-class dish of meat (if you were
lucky) and vegetable stew, called scouse (without the meat, it's called "blind scouse"). The traditional explanation is that scouse is a contraction
of 'lobscouse', which was a type of stew (Norwegian in origin), once popular among sailors, and is still eaten in Liverpool today.
The scouse accent, like much else in the city owes it's roots to Liverpool's position as a port. The major influence comes from the influx of Irish
and Welsh into the city. The mixing of these accents and dialects, joining with words and sayings picked up from global maritime all fused together
to create the unique scouse sound. Every tide brought ashore a new imported verb and many stuck becoming part of everyday language.
We are a gregarious people and that is part of our charm; you can be waiting at a bus stop with a scouser you have never met before, and by the time
your bus comes along you will know their whole life story, names of relatives, job, political view and quite often, medical history! You will hear
about neighbours you have never met, 'our Bobby and our Sam', all innocently and openly gossiped about whether you want to hear it or not.
Liverpool is a city full of expressive, open and honest people. A city that brings a smile to your face and that thrives on a sense of belonging and
community. It's warm and it's genuine.
Often cities are known and visited for their museums, galleries, parks, shops and festivals. Liverpool has all of these and more.
Talk to a scouser because it's the people of the city that make it so special.
Learn to talk proper......scouselike...
'this savvy' /sævi:/ means this afternoon
'the hozzy' /hɒzi:/ means the hospital
'the bizzies' /bɪzi:z/ means the police
Former OISE London students have visited Liverpool during the weekend as it is within easy reach of London by train from Euston station:
- Virgin trains: journey time 2 hours 10 minutes (direct)
Always book tickets in advance to ensure the cheapest fare.
From Gill Atherton, Tutor at OISE London Gill has been teaching English for 12 years and specialises in Business English. She has lived and worked in Rome for several years teaching a range
of corporate clients ranging from legal, media and oil and gas companies. Before becoming a teacher she worked for BBC in London.