I think the actual phrase is ‘taking coals to Newcastle’ but we seem to use ‘from’ often as well – I have no doubt our emeritus English professor SGM will leap on (!) this one.
There was a small mention on the news last night that Cheryl Cole has been axed from some American ‘talent’ show –
– and I can only agree with the Grauniad – no loss, big hair!!
This sacking/publicity stunt/non news worthy item, will give me hours of chuckles this week end as one of the reasons given was that Americans wouldn’t understand her accent. For a vast country boasting every possible interpretation of the English language and regional patois almost richer than anything one could find in Europe, I find it stunning, if not unbelievable.
The only ‘wrong foot’ this redoubtable manipulative bimbette has ever made is to marry an excellent but amoral footballer. Everything else is brilliantly managed PR. She can’t sing, she can’t talk and she is very height challenged – needs to be noticed!
However, it may be that you don’t know where Newcastle is, or have experienced its accent – which I have to admit even I find challenging! I get, at best, to one word in 4!
Known correctly as Newcastle upon Tyne, it is in the North East of the UK –
– but probably, and more pertinent to the language, this standard British schoolboy history lesson map will help…… displaying my history teacher’s brilliant and easy ‘instant map of the UK’!
From this one learns a lot. The Angles and the Saxons chose the sunnier climes of the ‘southern’ bits, whilst all the Jutes landed in Newcastle. This led to a serious siege mentality as the others simply rampaged around with rape and pillage of the remaining Romans and Celts, whilst the Jutes got bogged down in the snow and mud, with the Scots right up them and stayed where they had landed. Thus, with the passage of time and interbreeding, the language stagnated and now no one understands a word they say.
As a couple of tasters, the first from Stephen Fry, and ‘Geordie’ is a word for Newcastlers (?) and their language, the roots of which I have no idea (get set for another lesson from SGM) –
Keep it going girl, the money and fame/notoriety are rolling in!
Yours, diablog, bemused