Talking Brummagem

Brummagem sayings and colloquialisms loike ” E met ‘er at the back a Rackhams ” myselfmeaning a tryst with a brassy woman….and “It looks black over Bill’s Mothers” meaning inclement weather is in the offing…..Rare “Brummie gems” rather than Brummagems!!!!!!

Notes from 19th Century Birmingham

Those of us who come from Birmingham are long used to outsiders trying to imitate our accent. Usually very badly. Most of us are also aware that there are words we use that are not generally used elsewhere – ‘island’ for a traffic roundabout and ‘mom’ are the most usual. Then there are local sayings, ‘face as long as Livery Street’ , ‘alright bab?’

Showell’s Dictionary of Birmingham included a section on what it called ‘provincialisms’:

Like the inhabitants of most other parts of the country Birmingham people are not without their peculiarities of speech, not so strong characterised perhaps as those of the good folks of Somersetshire, or even some of our neighbours in the Black Country, but still noticeable.

Some of the peculiarities included brought back memories of things I remember hearing and saying when I was younger, but rarely use now, such as ‘yourn’ or ‘ourn’ –…

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