‘Scouse’ is an eighteenth-century word from ‘lobscouse’, a sailors’ meal of meat and vegetables similar to Irish stew. Hence, ‘lobscouser’ was the name used for a sailor and ‘scouser’ became the term for a person from Liverpool, a major port where the stew was popular. ‘Scouse’ has come to refer fairly recently (probably since the Second World War) to the flat, adenoidal working-class speech of the city, which combines elements of Lancashire with English dialects from Ireland and, to a lesser extent, Wales. Probably the most famous users of scouse were the Beatles, though the Mersey Poets used it to literary effect.
   See also: Cockney; Geordies

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  • Scouse — (skous), n. (Naut.) A sailor s dish. Bread scouse contains no meat; lobscouse contains meat, etc. See {Lobscouse}. Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scouse — [ˈskaʊs] ist ein Dialekt des Englischen, der in der Metropolregion Merseyside um die Stadt Liverpool gesprochen wird. Er unterscheidet sich stark von den Dialekten der angrenzenden Regionen Cheshire und Lancashire. Dies ist durch die zahlreichen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Scouse — [skaus] n [U] BrE [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: lobscouse, name of a type of stew eaten by sailors (18 20 centuries), of unknown origin] the way of speaking that is typical of people from Liverpool >Scouse adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scouse — 1840, short for lobscouse a sailor s stew made of meat, vegetables, and hardtack, of uncertain origin (Cf. loblolly); transf. sense of native or inhabitant of Liverpool is recorded from 1945. In ref to the regional dialect, from 1963 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Scouse — Brit. informal ► NOUN 1) the dialect or accent of people from Liverpool. 2) (also Scouser) a person from Liverpool. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to Liverpool. ORIGIN abbreviation of lobscouse, a stew formerly eaten by sailors …   English terms dictionary

  • scouse — [skous] n. short for LOBSCOUSE …   English World dictionary

  • Scouse — This article is about the accent. For the food, see Scouse (food). For the type of dance music, see Scouse house. Location of Merseyside within England. Scouse ( …   Wikipedia

  • Scouse — Le terme scouse ([skaʊs] selon l alphabet phonétique international) est un mot anglais servant à désigner l accent propre aux habitants de Liverpool et du Merseyside, ainsi qu un ragoût à base de pommes de terres, de viande salée et d oignons.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Scouse — This very unusual surname is of Old Cornish origin, and is a locational surname deriving from any of the various minor places in Cornwall named with the Cornish term skaw , elder bush, with the locational suffix es . Locational surnames were… …   Surnames reference

  • scouse — lob·scouse; scouse; …   English syllables

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