Northerners Referring To Babies as 'Burn/Bearn'?

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Found 15th Feb 2012
Here’s a completely random topic for you/someone out there.

We’re having a discussion in my office – and we’ve got a 50/50 split.

My old boss (from Newcastle) used to refer to his baby as his ‘burn/bearn’ or something along those lines.

Is this a Northern thing? A regional thing? Or was he making it up?

I cant find a single reference on the internet – but half the people in the office are aware of this naming convention, but cant spell it (or remember it exactly).

Can anyone help?

Settle today’s office debate!

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Bairn

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It's 'bairn' and it's a northern thing, like incest.

My parents refer to my youngest brothers (twins) as 'The Bairn's'.

They're 29. X)


Edited by: "Ungreat" 15th Feb 2012

They definitely don't say it in Manchester.
I first heard it on Jeremy Kyle and thought the girl has a speech problem oO

They certainly say it in either Newcastle or York as its the greeting to the audience at the main York panto every year

(this makes more sense if I mention the main bloke for the last 30 years or so in the Panto is a Geordie!)
Edited by: "cdm22" 15th Feb 2012

FilthAndFurry

It's 'bairn' and it's a northern thing, like incest.



Thought incest was patented and copy-written by the south coast? X)

Most Scottish and Geordie friends of mine say bairn.

FilthAndFurry

It's 'bairn' and it's a northern thing, like incest.


That's just Middlesbrough.
Bairn is a Scots/North east England term.
en.wiktionary.org/wik…irn

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jellybaby22

Up where I live posher people say bairn....but most say waynes..not spelt … Up where I live posher people say bairn....but most say waynes..not spelt like that but that's how it's said



Wayne's and Waynetta's surely?

'Wee bairn', I thought was a Scottish term of endearment?

Definitely bairn... I hate the term and I'm a Geordie!! oO

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People use it all the time here and it really grates on me.

I thought it was wee 'uns not waynes.

funny.onion

'Wee bairn', I thought was a Scottish term of endearment?


No, it means small child.

It's definately Northern, cos it's not proper English

I think waynes is pronounced the same as bairns, could be wrong...

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Why not call a baby a baby?

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Wean is more of a weegie thing, bairn is more widely used.

Northern dialect is revolting.

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jellybaby22

Eh..... No Wayne is pronounced exactly as it looks..like the … Eh..... No Wayne is pronounced exactly as it looks..like the name....bairn...the way it's spelt....



They pronounce it the same as Wayne here.

jellybaby22

Eh..... No Wayne is pronounced exactly as it looks..like the … Eh..... No Wayne is pronounced exactly as it looks..like the name....bairn...the way it's spelt....



Oh... I see.... I thought I'd heard scots say it like that... Obviously not!! Lol

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dtovey89

Northern dialect is revolting.


And you slept with your dog last night! oO

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dtovey89

Northern dialect is revolting.



I am beginning to think that Northerners are the English equivalent of Hillbillies in the US.

nowt rong with bairn!

btw, us 'northeners' are known to be some of the nicest people around! much better than the stuck up southeners with their mouths full of marbles! (cat amongst the pigeons!)

hocka

btw, us 'northeners' are known to be some of the nicest people around! … btw, us 'northeners' are known to be some of the nicest people around! much better than the stuck up southeners with their mouths full of marbles! (cat amongst the pigeons!)




I have to agree... It's not just the southerners.
They are ignorant where I live now too.

Most people are ****, doesn't matter where they are from!

id say northeners were geordies, could be wrong tho. (im a proud geordie!)

jellybaby22

I think it's a Glasgow thing...waynes...but my mum says bairns...I call … I think it's a Glasgow thing...waynes...but my mum says bairns...I call them monsters...brats....money eating little leeches



Its pronounced wayne but spelt wean (supposedly short for "wee ane")

My favourite word is "stookie"....that and "oxster" are 2 words I never hear in England.....



Edited by: "gari189" 15th Feb 2012

Anything past Birmingham = Northern

Suddenly they miss out words when they speak.

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dtovey89

Northern dialect is revolting.



Southerner's are revolting

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jellybaby22

Are we talking about northerners or Scottish.... Anything past Newcastle … Are we talking about northerners or Scottish.... Anything past Newcastle is southern to me



Anything past Watford gap is a Northerner. The further north you go, the spottier you get. (Have you seen a picture of Gari?)

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dtovey89

Anything past Birmingham = NorthernSuddenly they miss out words when they … Anything past Birmingham = NorthernSuddenly they miss out words when they speak.



We are too busy enjoying ourselves so can't be bothered speaking (_;)

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DLM

Southerner's are revolting



Southerners eat chicken!

FilthAndFurry

It's 'bairn' and it's a northern thing, like incest.



You've clearly never been to Norfolk...

guv

Anything past Watford gap is a Northerner. The further north you go, the … Anything past Watford gap is a Northerner. The further north you go, the spottier you get. (Have you seen a picture of Gari?)


They're not spots they're plooks and don't forget the missing teeth

Was expecting you to pop-in, so I'd better say (for Wihad's benefit) that stookie isn't another name for Guv's willy

Edited by: "gari189" 15th Feb 2012

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guv

Southerners eat chicken!



Definitely revolting.

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guv

Anything past Watford gap is a Northerner. The further north you go, the … Anything past Watford gap is a Northerner. The further north you go, the spottier you get. (Have you seen a picture of Gari?)



We can't afford water

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sancho1983

You've clearly never been to Norfolk...



Or Bristol!

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gari189

Don't forget the missing teeth :DWas expecting you to pop-in, so I'd … Don't forget the missing teeth :DWas expecting you to pop-in, so I'd better say (for Wihad's benefit) that stookie isn't another name for Guv's willy



But ram rod could be!
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