Tea or dinner? Bread roll or tea cake? Tig or tag? Anyone who has ever had one of these never-ending debates with a friend from another area of the country knows that, there’s nothing that can divide a friendship more than easily than a debate around a good bit of regional vocabulary.
Whether your part of the 53% of the country that call their evening meal dinner or an advocate of the 40% who call it tea, here at Suit Direct we’ve found that the North-South divide is losing some of its strongest assets when it comes to regional dialects. We decided to do some research into regional words as part of our focus on Suit Direct stores, with some pretty interesting results.
We found that the UK looks to be facing a regional identity crisis with more than two-thirds of the population snubbing their regional dialects in favour of using more generic words.
Seventy-one per cent of the country claim that they aren’t interested in continuing with their region’s unique words, with a divide opening up across the country as north battles south. The north was most stubborn to cling on to its regional heritage, with 38% of people in the north-east said they wouldn’t use a southern term for an item.
The playground didn’t escape the controversy, despite only adults being surveyed with names for schoolyard games also being hotly contested. Forty percent voted for tag, while 23% said tig and a further 23% said catch was the name of the popular kids’ chasing game.
When looking nationally, what we call the TV channel changing device there was a resounding unison with 77% voting for remote, with just 8% saying controller and 7% zapper.
While 'ace' (19%) is the UK’s top word to describe something as ‘very good’, London prefers to use ‘andsome’, with the North East choosing ‘canny’ and Wales and the South West united in using ‘lush’.
Will you still call a it a sofa, settee or couch? We love a good regional accent here at Suit Direct and think we should all try and hang on to our unique words to keep life interesting!