Sefton Taxis

And this is why we lalk la la
January 2, 2008, 2:08 am
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Scouse (pronounced /ˈskaʊs/) is the accent and dialect of English found in the north-western English city of Liverpool and in some adjoining urban areas of Merseyside. The Scouse accent is highly distinctive and sounds wholly different from the accents used in the neighbouring regions of Cheshire and rural Lancashire. Inhabitants of Liverpool are called Liverpudlians, but are more often described by the slang term Scousers.

The word Scouse was originally a variation of “lobscouse”[1], the name of a traditional dish of Scouse made with lamb stew mixed with hardtack eaten by sailors. Alternative recipes have included beef and thickened with the gelatin sauce found in cowheel or pig trotter in addition to various root vegetables. The word “lobscouse” may be of Norwegian origin (“lapskaus” in Norwegian), which is possible, considering the Viking background of the area, illustrated by the number of Merseyside place-names ending in “-by” (Formby, Crosby, Kirkby, Greasby, Pensby, Roby). Various spellings can still be traced, including “lobscows” from Wales, and some families refer to this stew as “lobby” rather than scouse, as in the Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent), where a ‘bowl of lobby’ is a welcome meal on a cold winter’s night.[citation needed] In Leigh, between Liverpool and Manchester, there is even a “Lobby shop”. The dish was traditionally the fare of the poor people, using the cheapest cuts of meat available, and indeed when no meat at all was available scouse was still made, but this “vegetarian” version was known as “blind scouse”.[citation needed] The term remained a purely local word until its popularisation in the sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, which some also believe to have introduced stereotypes about Liverpudlians.[2]

The roots of the accent can be traced back to the large numbers of immigrants into the Liverpool area in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries including those from the Isle of Man, Wales, Scotland and, most substantially, Ireland.[citation needed] The influence of these different speech patterns became apparent in Liverpool, distinguishing the accent of its people from those of the surrounding Lancashire and Cheshire areas. It is only recently that Scouse has been treated as a cohesive accent/dialect; for many years, Liverpool was simply seen as a melting pot of different accents with no one to call its own.[citation needed] The Survey of English Dialects ignored Liverpool completely, and the dialect researcher Ellis said that Liverpool [and Birkenhead] had “no dialect proper”.[3]

I think i might even publish my mrs secret scouse recipe ?

And the old joke about “blind scouse”……you couldent see any meat,when the war was on on they couldent get any,so the joke’s not that funny when you think about it?


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It doesn’t do to delve into secret recipes you know – that special flavour might just turn out to be some strange ingredient like old socks!

Comment by byronbring

I never thought about it that way,thanx Byron,happy new year mate.

Comment by seftontaxis

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