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Postby Zorba » 2006-12-18, 13:05

When holidaying in Liverpool this weekend, I was interested to read the following two language-y facts about the history of the Danish sailors in Liverpool:

‘Scouse’ is a legacy of the Danish seamen of
the late 19th Century for whom Liverpool was a
favourite port of call. Their cheap and nourishing
lobscouse stew became shorthand for Liverpool’s
melting-pot persona, and to this day the Danes’
good-luck equivalent of bon voyage is
“See you in Liverpool”.

Could a Danish speaker confirm these? Do you still eat 'lobscouse stew' now? What is the expression 'See you in Liverpool' in Danish, and how regularly is it used?

Mange tak

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Postby SImon Gray » 2006-12-22, 21:20

See you in Liverpool, never heard about it. Maybe some isolated fishermen on the west coast of Jutland use that phrase, but I've certainly never heard it.

Skipperlabskovs is still eaten in Denmark yeah :)

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Postby ehlstrom » 2007-06-12, 12:34


Concerning the expression "...see you in Liverpool" and that among Swedish sailors it still exist but is used very rarely.

More common is the expression "att göra/ta en liverpoolare" translating; "to take/do a liverpooler" meaning that you wash yourself really quickly and not very well.

It comes from the old days when Liverpool was a popular place to "throw in the blue one" meaning that you signed off the ship and went ashore with your whole salary and being thirsty as hell. Naturally you didn't want to spend more time aboard then necessary so you "tar en liverpoolare" get your stuff and walk ashore.

And we do eat lappskojs, if it's the same kind of stew.

Eric :)

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Postby Zorba » 2007-06-16, 23:47

Thanks a lot for coming back to this old thread and passing on those pieces of information :D

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