So I am offering my input for all us Southerners out there. We're not as culturally diverse as our London neighbours, and hell, we get a bit of stick these days but you got to love a region that includes the Garden of England.
I'm from The Medway Towns, born and bred.
Yes, we are the Motherland for the Chav.
The term "Chav" is actually from Romany Gypsies, and was originally used to describe a child, but for some reason has evolved to describe someone who is prone to wearing hoods, excessive amounts of very garish and cheap gold jewellery, and for being slightly thick.
Little Britain and you immediately have your classic Chavette image. This includes another vast smattering of ridiculous gold (the horseshoe or clown seen here being de rigeur for any chavette), an affection for the tracksuit, the pinker and more cheap the better, a scraped back ponytail (know as the Croydon Facelift) and several children (mostly of unknown parentage) known as Chavlettes.
The Chav as a group hangs around in "Massives", usually in a local park or shopping centre, drinking vast amounts of White Lightning (a very cheap Cider), and swearing.
They have their very own dialect lifted from the "hood", stolen from London and the Cockneys, and the aforementioned Romany Gypsie (to which none of them are members).
A typical telephone conversation between two of the members may go something like this-
Chav 1- Wa gwan? Ya gan dan tan? (Meaning "What are you doing today? Are you going into the High Street?")
Chav 2- Yeah I is gan dan ta Argos innit ("Meaning Yes, I intend to visit Argos today")
Chav 1-Wot yis wearing dan dere bruv? (Meaning "What clothes will you be wearing when you go out friend?")
Chav 2- Dunno, problee me reebok innit and me juicy trakkie. (Meaning "I shall probably be wearing my Leisure wear and training shoes")
Chav 1- Issit? (Meaning "Is that right?")
Chav 2-Sure nuff innit gal (Meaning "Yes I do believe that to be the case, yes friend")
Chav 1- Bo laters (Meaning "Good, I shall see you in a while")
Chav 2-Respect Bredrin (Meaning Good Bye, I have a great deal of respect for you my friend").
Of course, not all South Eastern dwellers are Chavs.
Most of us can hold a perfectly good conversation using the Queens English and without dropping any letters or using any Street slang.
We enjoy country walks in our beautiful countryside, and summer visits to some of our gorgeous beaches. The beaches in the South East are pebbly to the south coast (Such as Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne), and sandy to the north (Herne Bay, Broadstairs and Ramsgate).
We have history in Tunbridge Wells, where one can still drink the restorative water from the wells under the town. And there is Dickensian experience of Rochester. Rochester also has one of the oldest Castles in Europe, and was once a battlement for Henry the VIII (he of the wives), and seen of Thomas A'Becketts seizure and death by the Kings Guards.
We are also the home of the Canterbury tales, and site of the Battle of Hastings. My personal favourite is Windsor, the place where the Queen's son, and heir to the throne Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, and Elton John married David Furnish.
Chances are, if you're using the bottom half of the country to
So don't let me put you off, come, visit the sites and sounds of Englands greenest and most pleasant of landscapes.
Just avoid anyone in a hood......
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