West Midlands English
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Certain areas of the West Midlands are stereotyped as having stronger accents than others, Dudley in the Black Country being an example. There are some local phrases in the Black Country that are renowned. People do tend to substitute a reply of "arr" for "yes". Generally, most words are shortened, most commonly being "I haven't" to "I ay" (which can be argued as an even shorter form of "I ain't"). In the south of the West Midlands (southern Warwickshire and Worcestershire), the accent is more similar to the general southern accent.
Dave Bradley, a presenter on BBC Hereford and Worcester said in 2005 that:
Kidderminster and the North Worcestershire area where many, but not all, have a Brummigum twang, and then off down to Ross where there's a hint of the rounded Gloucestershire tones.— Dave Bradley
Varieties of West Midlands English
- Black Country
- Brummie (spoken in Birmingham)
- Potteries (North Staffordshire)
- Herefordshire (West Country accent)
- Salopian (Shropshire)
- BL staff. "Sounds Familiar?". British Library. Retrieved February 2012. – Listen to examples of regional accents and dialects from across the UK on the British Library's 'Sounds Familiar' website
- BBC staff (November 2008). "Voices 2005:Hereford and Worcester". BBC Hereford and Worcester. Retrieved February 2012.