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‘It’s a little bit leave it’ … Sounds better with glottal stops.

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A Liʔʔle Biʔ Leave Iʔ? (ʔ = glottal stop)

This track is chock full of colloquial words and phrases. It’s also a fantastically all-out track performed in an ‘Estuary English’ accent. Estuary is an accent spoken in the southeast of England and it’s growing massively as a key accent at work, play and in the media. Key Estuary features are all over this track. For clarification and detail about Estuary English and the glottal stop, please follow this link to our sister site Pronunciation-Pro UK.

I also love it because I don’t understand some of the expressions myself. Perhaps I’m just not familiar with them. Or perhaps they made some of them up (created them themselves) because they sounded good musically. I see it as an example of the close link between the sounds of a local accent and the sounds of local expressions.

See below for a few interesting local words … Maybe I should jusʔ leave iʔ.


ChrisandKemVEVO (Published Oct 2, 2017)

A few of the interesting idiomatic or colloquial words and phrases in the track:

slip – make a mistake

ting – thing (not a standard in Estuary or received pronunciation but more in rap music)

leave it – stop; don’t try; go away

a hater – a social ‘adversary’; a critic; someone who they think envies them 

quick – intelligent

outta – out of (10/10 = ten out of ten; ‘ten outta ten’)

paps – paparazzi

mix with the greats – socialise/network with the famous people in their field (in rap)

off the top of my/your head – spontaneous thinking/speech without pre-planning

mash up – here it means cause chaos in a club or party through by introducing excitement and great energy 

smash up – cause chaos in a club or party through by introducing excitement and great energy