Look at this….a lovely bottle of Vimto, a cordial made from a secret blend of blackberries, grapes and raspberries and some special herbs and brewed oop north for t’last 100 years and more.  It’s like the northern equivalent of Coca Cola and, yes, there is a carbonated version now and a shiny new logo style too (which I don’t really like if truth be told).  It’s what we grew up drinking as kids and just recently we’ve  introduced it to our two grandsons. A bit of Lancs DNA in a bottle. And they love it, naturally. They aren’t exactly talking with flat vowels just yet but it was amusing to hear our eldest grandson asking for another glass of that really tasty stuff ‘Vomit’. Ah spoken like one or two Blackpool lads I used to know. Makes you raht proud. And as Paul Daniels might have said  if he’d spent less time in hospital and more time studying, ‘Now that’s Metathesis’ …….

Metathesis (English pronunciation: /məˈtæθəsɪs/; from Greek μετά-θε-σις, from μετα-τί-θη-μι “I put in a different order”: Latin trānspositiō) is the re-arranging of sounds or syllables in a word, or of words in a sentence. Most commonly it refers to the switching of two or more adjacent sounds.




2 thoughts on “Metathesis

  1. I know just what you mean about it being a bit of Lancs DNA in a bottle. For a few years it was hard to find Down South so I used to buy a bottle each time I went home and smuggle it down to Euston.

    I think at part of the reason it’s now readily available down here may have little to do with Lancashire and more to do with the Caribbean though. A friend’s parents came from Guyana 50 years ago and were shocked to find Vimto in London. It had apparently been made under licence out there and it was a shock to discover that the taste of back-home in fact came from the sun-blessed shores of the Irwell.

    • Hi JB

      Rum and vimto; it’s the future!

      Thanks for checking in JB; just feel that I owe it to my grandsons to let them know about the cloggies, eccles cakes, blackpool tower, the tower ballroom, the tower circus, robert’s oyster bar, pilling sands, the M6 preston by-pass etc before they all disappear and we all speak estuary english.

      eh up


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