THE North-South divide came alive this week as Southerners were puzzled as to what a “mingebag” was, after the term was used on Coronation Street.
Tracy McDonald, played by Kate Ford, blasted screen hubby Steve (Simon Gregson) with the slur when he took her to a curry house doing discounted meals.
(L-R) Lynsey Clarke from Yorkshire and Joely Chilcott from Hertfordshire have a ‘bull and cow’ (argument) to highlight some other parochial terms[/caption]
“Mingebag” is everyday slang “oop North” for a person who is tight with their cash — but one of many regional put-downs that would force outsiders to use their loaf.
Above, Northern lass Lynsey Clarke, from Yorkshire, and Southern belle Joely Chilcott, from Hertfordshire, have a “bull and cow” (row) using some other regional favourites.
We translate below.
1.NORTH: Would you refrain from chattering into my ears, you stupid person?
SOUTH: Good friend, kindly stop nagging me.
2.NORTH: You were extremely intoxicated, young lady.
SOUTH: It was a night of debauchery and I simply wish to rest.
3.NORTH: You have been grumpy all day, like a sulky child.
SOUTH: I feel rather emotional. I am hungover and you are making me angry.
4.NORTH: I found your telephone in the alleyway between the houses, you silly fool.
SOUTH: Yes, I misplaced my phone. Everyone was drunk and the establishment was full of disagreeable people.
5.NORTH: You look tired. Get some food and sleep as soon as you possibly can.
SOUTH: I am very hungry and going to McDonald’s. Please don’t be jealous of my food.
6.NORTH: You smell foul and are causing me to retch.
SOUTH: Be quiet. I smell good. You are irritating me.
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