Are you alreet?
To those of you who don't know. I am a published author born in northern England (that's why my blog is called 'Northsider') and now living in West Cork. I have been told that my writing (musings-rants) contain a lot of northern English colloquial phrases. I like to think that I speak and write in my mother tongue. My mother was Lancastrian and if her dialect and northern colloquial speech was good enough for her - then it's good enough for me or even thee? What do you think?
I have just found out on the Internet) that a famous store (they sound like they sell white goods for kitchens) in Manchester, asked their staff to stop saying the following words: "Hiya, ta-ra, cheers and see-ya". Apparently these terms are not appropriate and "Hiya" is far too friendly. Refreshingly. I have also read (Tinternet and T'web) that Manchester airport is encouraging its non-native staff to use the 'friendly northern words' and they are playing Manchester music bands like the'Smiths' at the check ins.
Stuart Maconie's excellent book: "Pies and Prejudice" comments about the BBC having a North of England correspondent. Yet it doesn't have a 'South of England' correspondent. Why do you rarely see a news or sports presenter with a regional accent?
Any thoughts readers?