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Mate, bud, chum, pet, love, duck.... what's your local equivalent

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
25 Sep 2006 11:42AM
Just doing a straw research poll to see what informal terms people use in areas around the country, or even world.

I'm thinking of things people say when getting change from a shop assistant, a ticket from a bus driver - that kind of thing.

Could be handy reference for togs who do street photography...

To get the ball rolling...

Leeds - Love (men call each other love, it's insane)

Halifax - Lovey

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LAF 15 1.7k
25 Sep 2006 11:44AM
Derby - Duck

Shardlow - Shag (I'm not kidding! And it is scary.)
markharrop 14 191 England
25 Sep 2006 11:45AM
Chelmsford - Mate, although sometimes it is just a noise.
stevekhart 12 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2006 11:47AM
Herfordshire - next
helenam 12 21
25 Sep 2006 11:58AM
It'd be unaustralian if I didn't say MATE, or rather......maaaaaaaaate - you need to really drag out to vowels to sound authentically aussie - that's for blokes though. I do still get "Darl" on a regular basis around Brisbane, mainly from other woman though ( most of the blokes have worked out they can't get away with that one anymore !)
starliz 14 1.6k 3 England
25 Sep 2006 12:02PM
Bedfordshire - Thanks.....some parts you`re lucky to get your change : ))
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
25 Sep 2006 12:06PM
Back in Clitheroe you get....


though they're usually just from the opposite sex! Well, flower's fairly unisex actually.

Lancashire is quite a friendly county though.... never realised till lived in Yorkshire!
jimbo_t 14 959 England
25 Sep 2006 12:14PM
Herts- mate/ old boy depending on recipiant!
Bristol- love or babba
Northants- me duck

keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2006 12:29PM
In Devon,

man to man, mate.
Sometimes mucker, which I think came from Liverpool.

Love, Lover, My lover, ususally woman to man, but not always.

Also dear, my dear

From lady shop assistants, in addition to all above, darling, sweetheart.

In Cornwall, "My 'andsome", and all the above.
Possibly 'cousin' as well, seeing as they're all related.
(See Cousin Jack, and Janner)
JohnHawthorne 12 1.7k 5 Scotland
25 Sep 2006 12:48PM
Gross! I think I'm going to cry now ...

flower, petal, sweetheart? Even my girlfriend knows not to call me that! As for men calling each other 'love' - that should be outlawed completely.

In Scotland it's 'doll' or 'hen', although never between men.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
25 Sep 2006 12:55PM
calm down! Smile

I meant this as a reseach thread - so when you're in Newcastle you know to call people "pet" etc.

not to slag off other area's terms of endearment... Smile

though I was shocked when an old bus driver said "84p love" when I first moved to Leeds...

I assumed that Manchester's mantle of gay capital of the north was misplaced!

but no - the natives do call you love, male or female. unless they are mugging you of course.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
25 Sep 2006 12:57PM
I know there's a 4 letter that begins with "C" and rhymes with "hunt" that is a popular name to call your aqaintences in scotland.

Well it was - is that still the case?
c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
25 Sep 2006 12:59PM
Back home in South West Wales it can be 'mun', 'boy' or 'fychan' (tho 'butt' has made inroads in recent years; Swansea used to be 'wuss' though I haven't heard that much lately. You hear 'pal' sometimes but it's fighting talk realy.

I have never called anyone 'boyo' or been called it by anyone Welsh.

c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
25 Sep 2006 1:01PM

Quote:know there's a 4 letter that begins with "C" and rhymes with "hunt" that is a popular name to call your aqaintences in scotland.

Same in North Wales but if you call a southerner like me 'cont' that's fighting talk.

Ceri Smile
25 Sep 2006 1:29PM
Birmingham - 'Bud' 'all right Bud' or 'Babb' in a brummy accent lol

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