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Members of the Sealed Knot discuss our Voices

Members of the Sealed Knot talk Voices

Pumps, plimsolls or sandshoes?

Or are they just trainers? We spoke to some members of the Warwickshire Sealed Knot regiment about words they use every day that may not ordinarily be part of the English language.

Well, what did you wear? Pumps. plimsolls? If you're under 20, the chances are you've always worn trainers but in our day, we always wore pumps for PE!

There are many other terms too, not least the peculiar-sounding sandshoe (there was definitely no sand in the Coventry gyms we played in as kids) according to members of the Sealed Knot's Warwickshire regiment.

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's Amy Donnelly went along to find out what Bob Leedham, John Reid, Mick Parker, Kevin Cockayne thought about words we use everyday and what kinds of variations we have in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Members of the Sealed Knot discuss our Voices

Plimsolls? The Sealed Knot discuss!

None of the group is from Warwickshire, Bob's from Wolverhampton, John's original home was in Oxford, Mick's was Darlington and Kevin is from Cowbridge but all of them did have something in common in that they've all lived in South Warwickshire for many years.

The men in the group were able to add a number of interesting and, in some cases, very funny words and phrases into the ring that are used as modern day slang because of their different backgrounds.

Does South Warwickshire have a less defined accent than Coventry and the north? If you listen to the group, who were interviewed in Aston Cantlow, it would appear to because the difference in words used is very clear.

Listen to the sound clips by using the links on the left to decide if any of the words used are similar to ones used by you.  If they are, or if you have different words to share with us, please get in touch with us via the Messageboard, using the links.

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