Noun. Slang. Mid-19th century.
[Shortened from BRUMMAGEM.]
(A nickname for) the town (now a city) of Birmingham, England.
Adjective & noun. Archaic. Mid-17th century.
[Dialect form of BIRMINGHAM.]
A1 adjective. Of the quality of coins and some other goods made in Birmingham, England;
counterfeit, sham, tawdry. M17
A2 adjective. obsolete. See BIRMINGHAM.
B1 noun. obsolete. See BIRMINGHAM.
B2 noun. (an article of) counterfeit or cheap and showy ware. M19
Noun & adjective. Colloquial. Also Brummy. Mid-20th century.
[formed as preceding: see -IE.]
(A native or inhabitant) of Birmingham, England.
The Brummie accent, one of the most recognisable of the UK's plethora of regional accents, frequently tops the "Worst British Accent" type poll, and is attached to stereotypes such as Brummies being stupid and uneducated (in UK slang, a 'Brummie screwdriver' is a hammer). It's also a mercilessly impersonated accent, being (fairly) easy to copy for crude comedic purposes; in fact, during my research for this post, I found it exceptionally difficult to find a good quality video of someone Brummie talking in a Brummie accent, as YouTube is so full of people impersonating it. All of this, quite naturally, is rather irksome to the good people of Birmingham, who feel that the stereotypes are unfair (which is fair enough), and also feel that if us outsiders are going to impersonate them, we could at least bother to make sure we're impersonating the right accent, and not confusing a Brummie accent with, say, a Black Country one (don't ask me - I wouldn't have a clue).
|Veteran BBC broadcaster Sue Lawley who consciously changed her Black Country accent at the start of her career|
(photo courtesy of BBC Radio 4)
- It's the UK's second most populous city after London with a population of over one million.
- It's the birthplace of numerous great musicians and bands, including: Black Sabbath, ELO, Dodgy, Ocean Colour Scene, Duran Duran, and UB40
- Birmingham's 18th century canal network, with 56kms of waterways, is longer than that of Venice
- Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter is the epicentre of the UK's jewellery industry, accounting for over 40% of the national production
*It's not the best sound quality, so if you know of a better example of someone talking Brummie, do let me know and I'll gladly include it.
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