Posted by Pdianek on January 24, 2004
In Reply to: "Mi duck" posted by Gary on January 24, 2004
: : From SheffieldToday.net: One asylum seeker from Syria [said] . . . "I think Sheffield people are very friendly and have helped me feel at home. I have learnt to say 'mi duck' and now I support Sheffield United".
: : I'm supposing that "mi" is pronounced "mee" or a fast M-apostrophe. Why "duck"? Is this a particular-to-Sheffield expression? Meaning?
: Duck is commonly used here in Sheffield as a friendly greeting. Not so often as 'love' though. It's quite normal for both men and women to be greeted by complete strangers with 'Hello mi love'.
: Personally I like this and agree that Sheffield is a friendly place to live. I wouldn't go so far as supporting Sheffield United though, that would be expecting too much.
Ah, you're an Owls fan, then? I admit, I was fascinated (laughed out loud) at The Guardian's publication a few months back of UK fooball teams' fans' songs. Can't recall the Owls', but the Blades' (with its mention of a chip butty -- a food item I can now identify!) was admirably quirky.