St Helens is definitely a unique borough with a lot of history and a lot of things that make it special.
We asked people what they think the areas strangest quirks are, and things you may not notice are strange if you’re born and raised here.
As someone born and raised in St Helens, I must say some of these were even a surprise to me.
Weird terms of endearment
One St Helens resident said: “One of my old bosses is American and I called him cock a few times.. almost got myself in trouble and had to explain it is a term of endearment.”
“Were you made in Pilks?”
One of St Helens biggest institutions historically has always been Pilkington’s Glass, with the glass manufacturing company founded in the town in 1826. It’s often one of the first things people not from the area think of when hearing the name St Helens.
One Facebook user from St. Helens said: “Being asked were you made in Pilks? When stood in front of the telly, meaning people can’t see through you!”
Weird chip shop orders
While chip shops differ greatly based on where you are across the UK, with northerners typically preferring gravy and southerners going without, one thing typically local to St. Helens is a ‘split’.
People not in the know may be bewildered by this name, but a split is actually simple- it is a portion of chips and a portion of mushy peas.
The bread debate
Bread roll? Cob? or barm? The age old debate on what you call that particular type of bread is a popular topic of conversation, with St Helens having their own answer. Kim Gallimore said: “Originally from the midlands, where a barm is a cob, I’d never heard of a barm until I moved here.”
Mother or Grandmother?
Another figure of speech used in St Helens which may seem weird to those from elsewhere, is calling your grandparents on one side ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ instead, Sharon Connolly told the ECHO. While someone commented: “For us it was my dad’s side were mother and father.”
“I’m hungry me”
There are many local sayings used to shorten things down, however one speech habit of St Helens natives is to add ‘me’ on the end of a sentence, even if the sentence starts with ‘I’. Actually making your sentence longer instead of abbreviating what you have to say.
If you’ve never heard the term corporation pop, you’d be forgiven for being confused! But corporation pop is actually water, as Jean Coaley explained: “When young we went to the park with Corporation pop -water, and sugar butties.”
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