Do You Speak Pompey?

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 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, jodie-silsby.com, 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 blanka.co.uk.

NB Studio map
  • Marian Arnold

    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! 😉

  • AJ

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  • Jeffrey

    Very beautiful! It’s something I wish I would have made!

  • Patrick Burgoyne

    @AJ
    Thanks for letting us know – gone now

  • http://www.thejunction.de Chan TheJunction

    Wow, what an effort. Looks great. When will she translate Berlin into its slang? ^^

  • http://centrodesign.co.uk/ centro

    Kushdi Mushdi

  • http://www.pickle-design.co.uk thepicklebot

    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!

  • Kevin C
  • Hume

    Very nice. Only suggestion would be a different shade or colour for the street names compare to place tags.

  • yann

    very nice !!! you should all check http://www.jotta.com

  • http://www.sellsellblog.blogspot.com/ Ryan

    Having attempted this brief last year I appreciate how difficult it was. Jodie did a really good job with this.

  • Hollie

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

    Brilliant!

  • honest joe

    How do you say “Harry’s left you up shit greek again”?

  • Dennis Boxall

    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-
    denfbee@aol.com

  • Anon

    This look eerily like Layla Curtis’ maps http://www.laylacurtis.com/ just with different words

  • Andrew Martin Garvey

    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
    Turin
    Italy

  • Ruth

    I absolutely love this! i live up north now but originally from Pompey and now i’m getting everyone learning the lingo. Fanks!!

  • http://www.seamlessmedia.co.uk/ Rob

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

    On my road it reads ‘Farkin’ Scummers’. NICE!

  • http://www.seamlessmedia.co.uk/ Rob

    ‘You’re a farkin din’ead’ is my favourite Pompey saying.

  • http://www.atpf23.dsl.pipex.com/ Martin

    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 :)

  • debby

    hi where can i buy this ; bloody love it

  • http://terryperring104@hotmail.co.uk Terence Perring

    Very good. But- nobody says ‘darn tahn’ (that’s London) its either correct (down Town) or Dain Tain

  • Steve Johnston

    “Far cough. I comes from Sowsee dunn I ?”