The UK’s sexiest accent? Parliamo Glasgow

In a survey by the Travelodge hotel group, 5000 Brits voted the Geordie accent (Newcastle and the north-east) the nation’s sexiest. They clearly don’t appreciate the finer tones in life:

“Bahookie”, by the way, is a Scottish word for your bottom, behind, backside, or “rearward contours”. One look at the Glaswegians thronging the city streets on a Saturday afternoon and you can see how apt a word it is. Parisiennes have “derrières”, Glaswegians have “bahookies”. Such is life.

The sketch is from the wonderful Stanley Baxter’s “Parliamo Glasgow”.

By Marian Dougan

Published by Marian Dougan

Marian is a translator and editor (specialising in web content) currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Marian previously lived in Italy for over 20 years, working as a language teacher, translator and policy analyst with the British Embassy in Rome. A qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and its Italian-language and ITI Scotnet networks, she is currently Scotnet's Convenor and Deputy Webmaster. From 2003 to 2006 Marian taught translation skills at the Italian Department of Glasgow University and now gives Master Classes as part of the new Masters in Translation Studies course. She also conducts web-writing and usability workshops to help people improve their websites and communicate more effectively with their readers, users and customers. In September 2014 Marian obtained User Experience Certification, with specialisation in Web Design, from the Nielsen Norman Group. She loves language, especially English, and is convinced that learning languages opens up people’s minds and horizons (and increases their brainpower!). To share her enthusiasm, she advises schools and educational authorities on language skills and enterprise. She gives talks to pupils on how to combine language studies with other subjects and so enhance their potential and increase their career options. Marian is an active member of organisations such as: Scottish Council Development and Industry (SCDI); Association of Scottish Businesswomen; Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Scotland. She also loves architecture, design, fashion (British Vogue!), cities and chocolate. She’s a great fan of Twitter and you can also find her on Linkedin.

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  1. Will be telling my English friends about this clip. Loved it! They will not have a clue through!

  2. Just visited your blog for the first time.
    You cover a very interesting range of topics in an entertaining manor. Many of your subjects are close to my heart such as good speling and acurate grammer, two often ignorred these days.
    These remane imporetant isuess, if you dont mind me saying so, but too many people are’nt realy paying enough atention or seem to bother.
    Ignore proper sintax and speling at your pearl, that’s what I say.
    Staying litirate will pay dividends in due coarse.

  3. Hahaha love this clip! Reminds me of all my Pappi’s favourite jokes: “era pear ower er”-“where?” – “ona ster!” will look forward to reading more posts!

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