Representation of Regional Identity #1

—Regional Identity refers to the part of the United Kingdom someone is from. It could refer to a general area such a “North” or “South”, a country such as “English” or “Scottish” or specific towns such as “London” or “Manchester.”

The notion is a part of a person’s identity is rooted not only in the country but also in the region they live in. A sense of belonging similar to that of national identity but on a smaller scale or level.

Northerners Stereotypes:

  • ‘Northern Monkeys’, Loud rude, drink a lot and of a lower status
  • Costume – Track suit or cheap/casual clothes
  • Dialogue/dialect – Vowel sounds over-pronounced
  • Make up – Over the top or minimal
  • Class/Status – Low

Southerners Stereotypes:

  • ‘Poncy Southerners’ arrogant and posh
  • Dialogue/dialect – Well spoken ‘ the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain’
  • Costume – Suit and tie, tailored clothing and dresses
  • Props – Brief case
  • Make up – Classy and to a minimum
  • Class/Status – Middle/Upper

Scottish Stereotypes:

  • Humourless, hate other nations, alcoholic and violent
  • Dialogue/dialect – Strong accent ‘och’ ‘wee’
  • Costume – Kilt, tartan, Tam o’ Shanter
  • Location – Highlands, cold and vast open spaces
  • Props – Bagpipes, haggis, whisky
  • Appearance – Ginger hair and freckles
  • Class/Status – Lower class (farmers)

Scousers (Liverpool) Stereotypes:

Scouse is an accent and dialect of English found primarily in the Metropolitan county of Merseyside, and closely associated with the city of Liverpool. The accent extends as far as Flintshire in Wales, Runcorn in Cheshire and Skelmersdale in Lancashire.

  • Dangerous; ‘Why does the river Mersey run through Liverpool? If it walked it would get mugged’
  • Dialogue/dialect – Flemmy, difficult to understand; ‘like’ prominent k’s
  • Costume – Tracksuits, very casual cheap looking clothing
  • Location – Pub/home
  • Props – Cheap looking jewellery
  • Make up – Minimal or over-the-top
  • Class/Status – Low

Welsh Stereotypes:

  • Small, dark haired people who play all rugby, sing in choirs, herd sheep or mine coal
  • Dialogue/dialect – Very ‘song-like’ and melodic, slow and exaggerated pronunciation
  • Costume – Rugby shirts
  • Location – Rugby pitch, church, pub, fields with sheep
  • Props – Sheep
  • Class/Status – Middle/Lower

Geordies Stereotypes:

Geordie is both a regional nickname for a person from the larger Tyneside region of North East England and the name of the Northern English dialect spoken by its inhabitants. The term is associated with Tyneside, south Northumberland and northern parts of County Durham.

  • Stereotype – Loud, swear a lot, party animals and binge drinkers (help coined by Geordie Shore)
  • Dialogue/dialect – ‘way eye man’, difficult to understand
  • Costume – Revealing, tight clothing
  • Location – Busy town centres, clubs, urban areas
  • Make up – Over the top, fake tan, dark hair
  • Class/Status – Lower middle/ middle

Manc (Mancunians – Manchester) Stereotypes:

  • Stereotype – Loud, rude, funny and fond of fighting (Helped coined by Oasis)
  • Dialogue/dialect – ‘Oh, aye’ ‘Nowt’
  • Costume – Manchester United shirt
  • Location – Busy town centres
  • Class/Status – Low/lower middle

Yorkshire Stereotypes:

  • Dialogue/dialect – ‘Ey up’, ‘An’ Ah’ll tell thi that fer nowt’, don’t pronounce ‘t’s’
  • Costume – Flat caps, tweed jackets
  • Location – Open fields, country pubs, Local shops
  • Props – Whippets/Yorksire terrier and Yorkshire puddings
  • Make up – Minimal/pale
  • Class/Status – Low (farmers)

Brummies Stereotypes:

The accent and dialect of Birmingham, England. It is not the only accent of the West Midlands, although the term Brummie is often erroneously used in referring to all accents of the region.

  • Unintelligent and unfriendly
  • Dialogue/dialect – ‘Yow’ heavily pronunciation the ‘ow’ of ‘You’
  • Costume – Casual/ Cheap
  • Location – Busy, industrialised centres
  • Make up – Greasy hair
  • Class/Status – Low

Essex Stereotypes:

  • Image conscious, unintelligent, love to shop and party
  • Stereotype coined by TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex)
  • Dialogue/dialect – ‘Shut up’ ‘Oh my God’ = common phrases
  • Costume: Girls – Revealing/Over-the-top & boys look fashionable
  • Location – Clubs and boutiques
  • Props: Expensive, flashy, tacky handbags, up-to-date mobile phone
  • Make up – Fake tan, fake eyelashes and hair extensions
  • Class/Status – Lower Middle

Londoners (Northern boroughs) Stereotypes:

  • Dialogue/dialect – Well spoken, range of vocabulary
  • Costume – Cashmere jumpers/sweaters and suits
  • Location – Skyscrapers, swanky bars, posh homes
  • Props – Briefcase
  • Class/Status – Middle/upper

Londoners (Cockney/Southern boroughs) Stereotypes:

  • Dialogue/dialect – ‘Gorblimey’, Rhyming slang ‘apples and pairs = stairs’, dropping ‘t’s’
  • Costume – Flat caps
  • Location – Busy streets, market stalls
  • Class/Status – Low

Irish stereotypes:

  • Living in the countryside
  • Working in rural areas such as farms
  • Very religious
  • Good at dancing and singing
  • Very friendly but less intelligent
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