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Harry Crawford

Harry Crawford

Harry's words

Harry Crawford from Martinstown goes to university in Cardiff so like a lot of students who study outside the county, his language is a mix of Dorset, UK and international influences - here he talks about some of his essential words and phrases.

Drink

"Getting drunk is a set part of student life, so a lot of vocablary is going to emerge from it. With so many people at uni, words from Dorset get exported - I've got a group of friends in Sheffield who use the word 'mongrolised' as a matter of course. There is also 'pandarised' -  getting drunk on spirits and Panda pops mixers and 'pasturised' -  getting drunk on milk drinks like Baileys"

Chavs

"This is interesting - if I saw a souped-up car here that wasn't worth as much as the stereo in it, I'd call it a 'Kev' car.  I've got friends in Bristol where it's 'Trevs' and in Sollihull, they're 'Barries'!"

Birds

"I had an American friend at Uni and we said we saw some 'fit birds' at the union last night, and he said 'fit birds, what's that?' - he would have said 'I saw some fly honeys in that club, man' - I couldn't say 'fly honeys' and keep a straight face!"

Nice Wheels

"He's got a 'trim' set of wheels, or 'boom gash' - I've got mates from South East London who say that. I think 'Wicked' went out with 'bodacious' and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

Footy

"He's a 'tidy' footballer, means he's really, really good.  I've also heard of 'dope' footballers."

Isit

"Isit is used as a standard response, like the French will make a statement and put 'non' on the end.  It's the wrong tense and context but it's a standard question response.  It drives me mad, my housemate used to say it and I hated it, but now I find myself saying it!"

Luv

"I hate people adding patronising suffixes to sentences - 'love', or 'cheers darling', or anything that belittles you, or anyone of senior age who calls you 'son' - I'd rather have someone who called me 'mate' than someone who's condescending or tried to talk down to you.  I don't mind anyone who is overtly friendly, saying 'alright mate' - I'd rather have that than the other end of the spectrum."

last updated: 27/03/2008 at 15:54
created: 16/08/2005

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