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Do You Speak Pompey?


Posted by Mark Sinclair, 17 October 2008, 12:21    Permalink    Comments (23)

Pompey map detail

Jodie Silsby, a recent graphic design graduate of the University of Portsmouth and D&AD New Blood winner, has mapped her beloved city by its slang, renaming each street in the Pompey dialect...

Pompey map

The map, entitled Portsmouth Vernacular, is the result of a research project looking at the origins and use of slang. "My family goes back four generations in Portsmouth," says Silsby. "I'm proud that the city has its own phrases and dialect and the map should be seen as a celebration of that."

Pompey map detail

Silsby's map was created for a national project called Doin' My Nut In that invited students to investigate slang through typography. "I knew students from all over the country would be answering this brief but that I was the only one from Portsmouth," Silsby explains.

Pompey map detail

Pompey map detail

The Portsmouth Vernacular map is now available to buy from Silsby's website,, in black, cyan or fluorescent coral ink.

Apparently Silsby is now working on an even more ambitious project; to map London slang. When we get more details of that undertaking, we'll be sure to post them on the blog.

In the meantime, why not ponder a similar undertaking from last year – NB: Studio's fantastic London's Kerning street names map, which is still available to purchase from

NB Studio map


Noice one Jodie! I am from Portsmouth and absolutely love this! I moved away up North a few years ago and this brought memories flooding back!! Great Project mush! ;)
Marian Arnold
2008-10-17 13:18:54

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2008-10-17 15:16:38

Very beautiful! It's something I wish I would have made!
2008-10-17 15:43:56

Thanks for letting us know - gone now
CR Patrick Burgoyne
2008-10-17 16:09:35

Wow, what an effort. Looks great. When will she translate Berlin into its slang? ^^
Chan TheJunction
2008-10-17 16:21:08

Kushdi Mushdi
2008-10-18 10:08:15

One of those concepts that could have failed miserably if not handled with a great deal of care. Well worth £35.00 pounds of anyone's money!
2008-10-18 22:16:57
Kevin C
2008-10-19 11:45:13

Very nice. Only suggestion would be a different shade or colour for the street names compare to place tags.
2008-10-20 12:40:24

very nice !!! you should all check
2008-10-20 15:04:37

Having attempted this brief last year I appreciate how difficult it was. Jodie did a really good job with this.
2008-10-21 16:56:42

That's fantastic. What a brilliant idea to link the blueprint of a place to the dialect of its inhabitants!

2008-10-28 18:15:43

How do you say "Harry's left you up shit greek again"?
honest joe
2008-10-28 19:15:20

Nice-one Jodie, Have you seen over 1000 words and sayings from Pompey & Turktown published in "Well I'm Blowed - would you believe it!"?, "You haven't!" well for details, blurb and invitations to a forthcoming booksigning in Pompey just send an email to-
Dennis Boxall
2008-11-17 18:55:34

This look eerily like Layla Curtis' maps just with different words
2009-01-16 15:20:28

I'm proud to say I was born in Southsea in a pusser's blanket.
Veri noice, werk Jodie, an ta fink ah'd almos forgo'an wot Pompey sanz loik. Ah almos fort I woz becomin a roight dinlo.
This will come in rather handy with my university and Italian army college students here in Turin who often study English in Pompey and Sarfsea or visit, but sometimes find the local vernacular pretty tough to handle!
So, fanks Jodie!
Andrew Martin Garvey
Andrew Martin Garvey
2011-03-17 22:16:03

I absolutely love this! i live up north now but originally from Pompey and now i'm getting everyone learning the lingo. Fanks!!
2011-05-10 14:56:38

I saw this in a pub in Southsea the other day, great idea.

On my road it reads 'Farkin' Scummers'. NICE!
2011-05-10 16:08:52

'You're a farkin din'ead' is my favourite Pompey saying.
2011-05-10 16:15:21

Next time i'm on the 5A heading to Saufsea (I live in Portchester), and I hear someone saying "I likes that I does" , I'll think of this - Priceless :)
2012-04-28 05:46:22

hi where can i buy this ; bloody love it
2012-12-12 12:43:49

Very good. But- nobody says 'darn tahn' (that's London) its either correct (down Town) or Dain Tain
Terence Perring
2015-01-13 11:06:49

"Far cough. I comes from Sowsee dunn I ?"
Steve Johnston
2015-02-25 20:26:00

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