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4016.  Sat Jan 10, 2004 9:30 am Reply with quote

Brimming with Brummie blather.

4017.  Sat Jan 10, 2004 9:49 am Reply with quote

The leader of Birmingham City Council is Sir Albert Bore.

4018.  Sat Jan 10, 2004 10:30 am Reply with quote

The word Birmingham is old English meaning ‘the homestead of the people of Beornmund (or Beornma)’. It is often alternatively called Brummagem (the old local pronounciation) from which the slang words Brum and Brummie come.

Birmingham has historically been spelt in numerous ways: Bermingeham (1086); Bremingeham (1166); Brumingeham (1189); Birmingeham (1206); Burmincham (1260); Byrmycheham (1285); Brimygham (1377); Brymycham (1469); Bromecham (1505) and Bromegem (1650).

The transposition of letters or sounds within a word (such as the way the ‘r’ moves around changing the pronounciation from ‘Birm’ to ‘Brum’) is called metathesis.

s: EPN s: OEP

Thus the words of the old song:

I lost my heart in Brummagem
Where hunky cable cars
Climbed a minuscule fraction of the way up to the stars.

s: jqm

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4019.  Sat Jan 10, 2004 10:58 am Reply with quote

Between 1775 and 1831, Birmingham's population quadrupled, and it became one of the leading manufacturing cities of the world. Despite this, it acquired a reputation for shoddy workmanship, the word brummagem entering English as a synonym for cheap, sham, second-rate or counterfeit.

Conditions were crowded and unsanitary and typhoid and cholera were rife. The churchyards rapidly became overpopulated and sextons resorted to the use of "boring rods" probing the soil to find space for one more body.


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4020.  Sat Jan 10, 2004 11:07 am Reply with quote

A Birmingham (or Brummagem) screwdriver is a hammer.

(The workers supposedly being so oafish they would hammer screws in like nails).

s: SLA

A hammer is also sometimes called a French, Chinese, Jewish or Irish screwdriver.

s: SLA

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4021.  Sat Jan 10, 2004 11:14 am Reply with quote

A Brummagem button is a shilling.

(Probably a forged one).

s: SLA

4022.  Sat Jan 10, 2004 1:22 pm Reply with quote

[quote]Brummie accent is bad for your career
Sep 29 2003

Aspiring executives intent on climbing the career ladder are being urged to mind their language, particularly if they have a Birmingham accent.

A third of company directors believe that businessmen and women with a Brummie or Midlands accent are likely to be unsuccessful in their work, research by the Hampshire-based Aziz Corporation found.

The Birmingham twang is regarded as the worst regional accent in the UK, behind even Liverpool.
It was also suggested that even Birmingham-born executives don't rate the local accent. A quarter of directors from the Midlands instinctively believe Brummie-speakers will not succeed.
Those with a Birmingham accent are considered to be hard-working and reliable by only 26 per cent of directors, a score below those of any other UK accent except Liverpudlian.

4030.  Sat Jan 10, 2004 3:04 pm Reply with quote

Brummie Sayings

He'd skin a turd for a farthing.

I could eat a cock-eyed kid with measles.

I couldn't give a kipper's dick.

Short and sweet, like a roast maggot.

If horse muck was pudding nobody would starve.

A face like a bulldog licking piss off a thistle.

A face like a bag of frogs.

As busy as a cat in a tripe shop.

As drunk as a boiled owl.

As handy as a pig with a musket.

As the monkey said as he put his hand in the commode, "There's more to this than meets the eye."

s: bru

Frederick The Monk
4132.  Sun Jan 11, 2004 2:07 pm Reply with quote

The manor of Duddeston (just outside Birmingham if truth be told) was once owned by the Holte family whose armorial crest included a bloody hand. It was said that the hand was added after an incident involving Sir Thomas Holte who often boasted to his guests about the punctuality of his cook. On one occasion said cook rather let his master down however and so Sir Thomas - always one to be firm with his staff - marched into the kitchen and hit the poor man over the head with a cleaver.

Now many of you are, I'm sure, thinking that it's only right to occasionally admonish the staff "pour encourage les autres", and sadly this might sometimes call for the judicious application of a cleaver. Sir T however was clearly unhappy that such a story was circulating and attempted to bring an action for slander against one of its propagators, William Askerick, claiming;

"that he did openly, publicly and maliciously and in the hearing of divers persons, utter with a loud voice, these false , fictitious, scandelous and approbious words in English, respecting the said Sir Thomas viz: Sir Thomas Holte took a cleaver, and hytt his cooke with the same cleever uppon the heade, and clave his heade, that one syde thereof fell uppon one of his shoulders, and the other syde on the other shoulder; and this I will veryfie to be trew"

Sir Thomas lost his case.

4331.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 7:36 pm Reply with quote


Now I may be as thick as a whale omelette, but this doesn't appear to make sense...

If the family were so cheesed off with the story, why did they add a bloody hand to the crest?

And why just one of them? Surely the metaphor is 'blood on one's hands?'

4332.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 7:43 pm Reply with quote

Famous Bummies # 19

Bishop Francis Asbury (1745-1816) lived in Newton Road, Great Barr, Birmingham until 1771 when he left for the New World. He travelled over a quarter of a million miles preaching and became the first Bishop of the American Methodist Church - which then had the largest following in the country.

4333.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 7:56 pm Reply with quote

The key-ring was invented in Birmingham.

Samuel Harrison of Lancaster Street, Birmingham invented the split-ring for holding keys, and is also said to have invented the steel pen-nib, for his friend Joseph Priestley in 1780.

s: jqm

4334.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 8:02 pm Reply with quote

Fascinating facts about Birmingham:

A massive system of canals was built to cope with the influx of traffic that resulted from the Industrial Revolution, so that Birmingham now has a more extensive canal network than Venice.

4335.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 8:04 pm Reply with quote

The post-WWII reconstruction program earned Birmingham's inner ring road the nickname 'the concrete collar'.

4336.  Tue Jan 13, 2004 8:05 pm Reply with quote

The first four-wheeled petrol driven car was built by by F W Lancaster in Birmingham in 1895. Birmingham now acts as the UK's motor-manufacturing hub (brummm brummmm)


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