16 Brummie sayings translated so anyone can talk like they’re from Birmingham - alright!

Our Brummie accent has been voted one of the most sexy in the world - here’s a bit of help if you want to talk like us, bab!
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It’s official - the Brummie accent is among the most attractive in the world

An new study in American has placed our beautiful Birmingham enunciations in the top eight sexiest on the planet. And there’s more!

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Overall Brummie ranks eighth in the findings from the 2023 Highland Titles Study. But when the study looked at the world’s most attracitve female accents it found that Brummie girls are in the top four - so there bab! It’s no wonder our Brummie Queen Alison Hammond is on the telly so much! And, of course, our Joe Lycett.

So we thought it time we showed a bit of love for our Brummie dialect. It’s so easy to talk Brummie - when you know, you know! Here are 16 sayings that show it off to a tee. Some are used everyday - others maybe not so often at the moment, but we’ve included a translation so that everyone can actually understand just what we’re sayin’ - alright, bab!

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1. We say: Well I think it’s time for me to 0121

What we really mean is: It’s time for me to leave you for now to pursue other chores/ activities/ leisure pursuits

2. We say: You all right bab?

What we really mean is: Are you OK, my love?

3. We say: He’s popped down the outdoor and get a few cans in for the weekend

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What we really mean is: A male is buying beer from an off-licence to drink on Saturday and Sunday

4. We say: You’ve got a face as long as Livery Street

What we really mean is: Someone is looking glum, sad, upset

5. We say: That was a bostin’ game for the Villa

What we really mean is: Aston Villa played well (this phrase is not used very often! But maybe that could change now Steven Gerrard is in charge!)

6. We say: He’s got a right cob on him

What we really mean: Watch out because that man is in a bad mood

7. We say: Saves you going round the Wrekin

What we really mean is: If you follow my advice you will get results faster

8. We say: They have been too busy clarting about

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What we really mean is: A group of people have wasted time by failing to tackle a task directly

9. We say: Go and play up your own end

What we really mean is: Stop making a nuisance on our street and go and have fun in your own neighbourhood

10. We say: He is half-soaked

What we really mean is: A male is slow-witted

11. We say: Put your fizzog straight

What we really mean is: Please would you cheer up and stop sulking

12. We say: They’ve been caught wagging it

What we really mean is: Some school pupils have been found playing truant

13. We say: There are more islands there than Redditch

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What we really mean: If you’re thinking of driving there, be aware that the area has got a lot of traffic roundabouts

14. We say: Def it out, man. It’s bonkers

What we really mean is: It is advisable to ignore this particular instruction as it is ridiculous

15. We say: My daughter did six gambols in PE today

What we really mean is: My child did six forward rolls in her games lesson

16. We say: Ta-ra a bit

What we really mean is: Goodbye for now, see you soon

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