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UK's Fish and Chips Preserving Regional Dialects

by VR Sreeraman on  February 17, 2010 at 3:57 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
 UK's Fish and Chips Preserving Regional Dialects
UK's popular fish and chips meal is doing its bit in preserving the country's regional dialects, experts believe.

A poll found that Britons used at least 26 different words for fish and chips and 25 per cent thought the chip shop uses more local language than any other business.
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While a portion of chips was called a "poke" in Glasgow, it was a "bechdan" in Wales, the survey for National Chip Week observed.

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A meal of fish and chips was "fish and nerks" in Leeds but a "fish lot" in the North East and leftovers toppings were "scraps" in Yorkshire but "screeds" in Plymouth, The Sun reported.

British Library linguist Jonathan Robinson said: "The UK's regional speech remains extremely diverse, and the local chippy is a shining example."

Prof Clive Upton, of Leeds University, added: "It's in accompaniments and serving methods that regional phrases appear, for example a 'chip butty' in the South is a 'chip barm' in Manchester."

Source: ANI
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