“I’M A DUCK, YOU’RE A DUCK, HE’S A DUCK, SHE’S A DUCK”
British accents are probably the best ones in the world, don’t you think? You can say anything in a British accent, and it just sounds…better. But those accents can also be a little hard to understand sometimes — like the one in the video below, which features a candid conversation between Ed Herr and a gentlemen we met during our Pub Style Pretzels visit to the UK.
Is he saying, “You’re a dog”? It certainly sounds like it, and Ed thinks so, too. As Ed soon finds out, he’s actually saying, “You’re a duck,” which is a common phrase used to describe people from Nottingham and the surrounding region. “Duck” is often used to refer to men, while “ducky” is sometimes used for women.
The official greeting — “Ay up me duck” — can be heard throughout Nottingham. Loosely translated, it simply mean “Hello there!”
If you’re ever in the area (and you should definitely visit), keep your ears open for it, and don’t be afraid to offer up an “Ay up me duck” of your own to your newfound British friends.