Updated: Jan 10, 2010


Notes & Expressions used on this web site that only a true scouser would know:

Scouse“- The word “scouse” has three meanings:  a stew, made from cheap cuts of meat and the staple diet of the Liverpool working class; a native of Liverpool (scouser) a dialect spoken by the inhabitants of Liverpool. Source:  Scouse English, compiled by Fred Fazakerley, ISBN 9 780902 920941

“Scouse” is a type of lamb or beef stew. The word comes from the word Lobscouse (originally lob's course), a meat based stew commonly eaten by sailors throughout Northern Europe, which became popular in seaports such as Liverpool.  Scouse is still a popular dish in Liverpool, where it is a staple of local pub and cafe menus, although recipes vary greatly and often include ingredients which are inconsistent with the thrifty roots of the dish. In its short form, the name for this meat stew eventually came into common English usage to describe a resident of Liverpool. The traditional recipe for Liverpool Scouse consists of a cheap cut of lamb, or in earlier days, mutton (such as breast, forequarter or "scrag end of neck"), removed from the bone and browned in a large saucepan, to which are added chopped onions, carrots, and water or meat stock, to which are added as many potatoes as possible. The sauce is not thickened, and it is usual to serve with preserved beetroot or red cabbage and white Butty Bar bread with butter. An even more impoverished variety of this dish is 'blind Scouse', which features no meat. Either recipe should more rightly be considered a potato stew.

Butty or Sarnee - A sandwich - derived from a quasi combination of bread and butter.

Bommee - This term is a contraction of a “bomb site” which occurred after buildings were demolished during the war. Once clean-up began, sections of housing were removed, leaving an area which was later turned into a parking lot, or just left as vacant space.  As kids, we termed this vacant space as a bommee. There were several in the radius surrounding 28 River Avon Street and I reference two on this web site.

Back-enog- a small entrance way in-between the backs of the houses.

Ciggy- a contraction of the word a cigarette.

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