Thursday, 19 March 2015

Nominations invited for the "Couldn't Shout Coals" award

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Mine is Janis Joplin

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Note: 'Why, s/he couldn't shout coals' (but pronounced differently) is a Geordie/ Pitmatic Northumbrian dialect phrase ejaculated as a judgement on somebody's singing. 

It suggests that the person in question would be unable, due to the poor quality of their voice, to obtain employment announcing wares for sale from the back of a horse-drawn wagon, as it traversed the back streets disbursing sacks of carboniferous fuel.

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Note on the note: Pitmatic is, or was, the dialect of the mid-Northumbrian coalfield, spoken by many close and distant relatives during my childhood. 

My Father tells me that the Newbiggin by the Sea pronunciation would have been something like "Cannat Shoot Kerls"

For further info:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVA59EPjV2g
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