O Is For My Scouse Accent

20 Jan

Another in my occasional series, The A to Z of The Laughing Housewife.


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O is for orange juice – I’ve been craving it lately. Not so nice for my bladder – drink too much orange juice and I’m like Julie Andrews in ‘The Sound of Music’: When the blog writes, when the pee stings

The last time I drank this much orange juice was twenty-three years ago.  I was pregnant with Tory Boy and I must have needed the Vitamin C.  How embarrassing would that be for him, to have a sibling twenty-three years younger?  It would almost be worth it, just to see his face.

I’m pretty certain I won’t have that pleasure but, if I start craving cheese and tomato on crackers (my other craving), Tory Boy will stop speaking to me.

No, I have to face it – I am a woman of a certain age; it’s probably my ‘ormones. This is where my Scouse accent comes in, if you were wondering.  We Liverpudlians drop our aitches, extend words like ‘like’ to ‘lichhhh’ and talk about ‘me mum an’ me dad.’

Me Mum was my age now when she watched me get married.  I thought she was old then; now, I’m not so sure.  They say fifty is the new forty so if fifty is the new forty then forty is the new thirty and life begins at forty which must be thirty and at thirty I was raising babies.  When does my life begin?

O is also for ‘owl’ as in, ‘self-pitying ‘owl’.

41 Responses to “O Is For My Scouse Accent”

  1. bevchen January 20, 2013 at 10:06 #

    I actually have a brother who’s 23 years younger than me. It’s not that bad, honest 😉


  2. misswhiplash January 20, 2013 at 10:19 #

    If only we could hear comments as well as read them. I love to listen to people’s accents…this is what makes them who they are. I can hear the difference with my three daughters. Two were brought up in Essex so have Essex accents and ways of speaking whilst younger daughter was brought up in Surrey so speaks posh but to me it makes no difference..these are my daughters..it is other people who can notice the difference.
    It is always such a shame when people try to get rid of their accent. especially Northerners, but then those from Devon and Cornwall are just as broad.
    You keep on without your aitches, and your ooooo’s . Stand tall be proud of being who you are…I love it!

    You forgot to mention how outspoken you lot are..a spade is a spade and that is it!

    Gawd! the thought of another baby! That would be the worse thing ever!!!! Just the passing of the years, that’s all it is!

    love from me


  3. vivinfrance January 20, 2013 at 10:19 #

    Life begins at 60. What Scouse accent? I don’t hear it. My craving was for freshly squeezed orange juice and I never associated it with peeing: I thought that was the baby pressing on my bladder! The other craving was for condensed milk,, of which I ate a small tin every day. No wonder I ballooned!


  4. Helen Cherry January 20, 2013 at 10:40 #

    Seriously.. get your blood glucose checked !!


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife January 20, 2013 at 20:39 #

      Because of the oj?


      • Helen Cherry January 20, 2013 at 20:45 #

        It was just a thought… If you are craving sweet things, drinking a lot, feeling very tired and are little fat, as you put it !! it could be because you are diabetic. ( I was diagnosed as type 2 in Sept and used to be a nurse, so know about these things) If you just fancy orange juice and don’t have the other things then you just fancy orange juice 🙂


        • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife January 20, 2013 at 20:51 #


          I was tested last year during my well woman check and there were no warning signs. I think it really is just needing Vitamin C.

          Thanks for the info, though. It’s worth knowing these things.


  5. benzeknees January 20, 2013 at 11:55 #

    I call my hot flashes “my personal summers”


  6. Ron.. January 20, 2013 at 13:22 #

    Big deal. I was 50 once…ages ago.


  7. mairedubhtx January 20, 2013 at 14:07 #

    For your own sanity, I hope you are not with child, unless of course you want to be. I would still fear for your insanity, however. And your blogging.


  8. thehutts January 20, 2013 at 14:26 #

    I sometimes crave condensed milk – is this something to do with my mother being VivinFrance? I went off chocolate and coffee when pregnant – don’t remember craving anything in particular.
    When my son was learning to speak I tried to drop my hard a’s so he wouldn’t be teased at school. Now I have a thoroughly mixed up accent. Sally


  9. laurieanichols January 20, 2013 at 15:01 #

    On the Graham Norton show there was a comedian trying to teach Antonio Banderas and Selam Hayek how to do a Scouse accent. I was on the floor with that. The phrase that he used to teach them was “I would like some chicken and a can of coke” It was brilliant. When I was pregnant with the baby girl, I craved all things chocolate. Before that with the baby boy, I had been craving all things healthy so that I actually lost weight, not so with the baby girl. I don’t put much stock into the forty being the new thirty because I felt much better at thirty physically than now however I feel better about myself now than I did at thirty, so it evens out in the end.


  10. SchmidleysScribbling January 20, 2013 at 16:43 #

    If I got pregnant now it would be a miracle. Really. Dianne


  11. slpmartin January 20, 2013 at 17:20 #

    O is for the ‘onor’ of reading your posts.


  12. Rorybore January 20, 2013 at 18:56 #

    hubby had a brief panic last week when I as so sick…..but also craving hamburgers. turns out, it was just the plague *side eye*. But honestly, I had to remind the man that I told my OB to tie really good knots after the 3rd C Section, so it was highly improbable. Course…I do remember his exact words one night 9 months before #3 did arrive: “What are the odds one time without protection…???”
    you’d think he’d just feel properly studly. 🙂


  13. kateshrewsday January 20, 2013 at 21:41 #

    Enjoy the OJ, Tilly….


  14. Grannymar January 21, 2013 at 06:08 #

    OJ makes you preggers???? I’m giving it up right now!


  15. Three Well Beings January 21, 2013 at 16:39 #

    What a funny one you are! You’ve also given me a good reason to be just fine with my age. I no longer even THINK about some of these issues. And I’ve stopped asking the question ‘where is my life.’ Now I’m just grateful I have one! LOL!


  16. Pseu January 21, 2013 at 16:46 #

    Helen Cherry has a point. It is worth getting your blood sugars checked again if you are drinking out of thirst, especially if you are up in the night for a drink and a pee, which would suggest your sugars are running a little high. The sugar in the orange juice could be aggravating this. When Cyclo was diagnosed he was drinking large amounts to quench his thirst… diluted squash, which was pushing his sugars up higher.

    I would say orange juice alone wouldn’t make your pee sting, so it may be worth checking out if you have an infection too.
    Also orange juice is very sweet, albeit natural sugar – about 10 carbohydrates per 100 ml, so drinking it neat in large quantities is adding a lot of calories.
    150 ml of orange juice gives you about 62% of your daily recommended amount, so you’d not need more than two glassfuls to give you all you need.

    Symptoms of type 2 diabetes may include:

    Feeling tired during the day, particularly after meals
    Often feeling hungry, particularly if you feel hungry shortly after eating
    Urinating more often than normal, particular needing to do so during the night
    Feeling abnormally thirsty
    Blurring of vision
    Itching of the skin, particularly itchiness around the genitals
    Slow healing of cuts or wounds
    Having regular yeast infections (thrush) and more….


    he female hormone thing, menopause is so rarely openly discussed, and even though I’m a nurse I didn’t know much about it all.
    I’ll find the link I found useful


  17. Amba Nair January 22, 2013 at 00:17 #

    I love how, in the middle of a completely light hearted blog post, you slip one line that always makes me stop and think.
    ” forty is the new thirty and life begins at forty which must be thirty and at thirty I was raising babies. When does my life begin?”
    You’ve got me thinking Tilly!


  18. bluebee January 22, 2013 at 11:46 #

    Do you also say, “Yom, yom, pig’s bom”? 🙂

    A laat lammetjie! Sjoe! Dit sal snaaks wees…


  19. eof737 February 1, 2013 at 13:14 #

    Honey, 50 is the new 30 and it’s not old. Have some juice will ya! 🙂


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