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I'm a "foreigner" to the Black Country, having married a native. He's so defensive about his accent, constantly going on about how it is closest to the original Anglo-Saxon than any other accent. It'd be pretty boring if we all sounded alike. Defend yourself and enjoy being different
Kirsten Guest - Bridgnorth
I logged onto the Black Country website after seeing it on Midlands Today and just wanted to say a lot of that's also Lancashire dialect! So people do speak that way outside the Black Country ... we certainly do in my native Lancashire
Ian Birch

l lived most of my younger years in Pensnett near Dudley but never really picked up the true accent although my brother did. I was called on to translate to my future husband at first until he could understand my folks. I love to hear people speaking from 'home' and am always reprimanding others when they insist that blackcountry folks are 'brummies'  when l was in hospital having my children my hubby would bring in the Bugle to give me a taste of home. Long may yo goo on
John Coombs
It is also suggested that some of the Black Country dialogue has its roots in Prussian or old German. The written dialect contains such words as "bist" and "bin" which are also German for "are" The written word for "work" is "werk" which again is German for the same word.
Brian Bott - Birmingham

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