Last years inaugural Talk Like a Brummie Day was loads of fun, thousands of people (on top of the million or so that already do) spent one day practising their best Brummie accents and I spent the day rushing between TV and radio interviews. It did seem to raise conciousness of the plight of the Brummie, and there’s a sense (with no corroborating figures) that our accent might be less abused in the media.
That said there’s more to do, take adverts; for every cute Brummie Feta cheese that says “what have I towld yew about playin with yer food?” there’s a guy that knows too much about ballet while at a pub quiz machine and gets sucked up a tube.
But how good does “plié” sound in a Brummie accent? No wonder the Royal Ballet moved here.
A few people have been asking when this year’s TLAB Day was, so I thought I’d mention that Talk Like a Brummie Day is like Comic Relief. Not “associated with Lenny Henry and not funny”, but “every two years”.
The Brummie Dictionary project is still going on the TLAB site, add your words or phrases.