Slang Guide Is Bostin!; Expert's Call to Preserve Our Local Language

Birmingham Evening Mail (England), November 7, 2001 | Go to article overview
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Slang Guide Is Bostin!; Expert's Call to Preserve Our Local Language


Byline: Phil Banner

BIRMINGHAM historian Carl Chinn today welcomed a new slang guide by declaring: 'It's bostin.'

The guide, including phrases coined in Brum and the Black Country, reveals how the use of slang has been influenced by food and drink.

'There are lots of wonderful and colourful examples used by Brummies and people from the Black Country which are part of our heritage,' he said.

One of the most popular was the phrase 'never in a rain of pigs' pudding' which meant something that simply would not happen.

Dr Chinn, a modern history expert at Birmingham University, said another colourful slang expression used locally was 'blob chops' for a gossip.

And youngsters often asked their mum for a 'piece' which was a slice of bread which might be coated in margarine, butter or jam.

Another regional slang expression, particularly popular in the 1920s , was 'sop' - a chunk of stale bread with the drippings from a tea pot poured over it.

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