Scousers are an interesting result of the industrial revolution and Liverpool is a true immigrant city equalled only with London, New York and Buenos Aires. Most Scousers are of Irish and Welsh descent though the city has long standing Chinese, West African and Scandinavian communities with the term 'Scouser' coming from the dish 'Lobscouse' which is a bastardization of the Norwegian word 'labskaus' which is a Norwegian lamb/mutton stew.
I have read a lot of the enteries on here and knowing the city and a lot of the people I feel I can make a decent unbiased job of writing a fair review about Liverpool.
Scousers are famous for the sense of humour, though they can laugh at others and do so regulary, they cannot laugh at themselves, any joke about Liverpool is taken as a great insult, Scousers tend to have a victimized/martyrdom complex but despite this they are capable of great acts of charity and benevolence. Scousers more often than not employ a disarming but superficial friendliness to strangers - it is only when you get to know a Scouser that they start to grate.
Scousers have a 'big man' complex, most Scousers are not physically big nor physically hard though they are able to intimdate people through shouting at them with a guttural accent that has changed a lot in the past 30 years so they can sound more tough. Scousers can be violent and aggresive but the vast majority cannot fight to save their life - another paradox of this is that Liverpool is a famous amateur boxing city and has produced many fighters in the lighter weight divsions though never a really good big man and they never will due to the typical Scousers puny physique.
The 'Big Man' complex is more apparent in the workplace, Scousers as a rule loath to work but when forced to put in a days graft, Scousers all want to be the boss - 99.9% of them aren't capable of bossing a lemming over the cliff but their attitude to earning a honest living means they aren't receptive to working 8 hours a day under the orders of someone else - strikes and industrial action is still common in Liverpool even in these fraught times - Scousers therefore like to go into small business such as window cleaning and market stall trading and the shadier ones go into petty crime such as burgulary, drug dealing etc.
Liverpool is a great city in many ways that has inspired great artists,
writers, poets and musicians and is one of the most aestheically beautiful architectural cities in the world - however Scousers have a love hate relationship with Manchester - a horrid shit tip 30 miles away - It is lost on the majority of Scousers that the Mancunian is the most closest thing to a Scouser you can get in look, attitude and lifestyle. Scousers are nothing like Geordies or Glaswegians like they purport to be, but the Scouser and the Mancunian is an near identical animal.
The one thing you will never ever hear a Scouser saying is 'Oh! I never/didn't know that?' Scousers know everything about anything. A Scouser will never admit to not knowing about any subject on planet earth and is quite capable of telling a brain surgeon how to do thier job despite the fact the Scouser in question might be a milkman or a doley or something equally as tragic.
Scousers have a highly developed and protective sense of self, they are proud to be born in the city and any 'Texan' 'Plazzy' or 'Wool' who claims to be one of them is going to get the heave ho before long, they are not tolerant of non Scousers claiming to be Scousers.
Even the good people of Birkenhead, Kirkby, Huyton and Skem are seen as 'plazzies' even though the rest of the planet see them as Scousers. It is a complex state of affairs. (If you are from Skem that is!)
The true Scouse accent is Celtic in origin, it is a mixture of Welsh, Irish and Lancastrian dialects, the lilting sounds of John Lennon have now been replaced by the rasping, guttural sound
of the Scouser of today - apparentley
TVs Eastenders is the biggest influence in the change of the accent over the past 30 years!
Liverpool has a higher ratio of beautiful women than in other parts of the UK down to the high racial mixing
of the populace - its is not uncommon for your bog standard Scouser to have a
Somalian/Paraguayan/Egyptian/Burmese etc grandparent or great grandparent which leads to attractive women - though their attractivness is negated by their big mouths and bad attitudes - mind you
they have been dealing with their male counterparts since birth so I can understand it but I wouldn't want any part of it!
I could do a piece about the football but a) It has been covered ad nauseum and b) I would have to mention Heysel and the pre 1989 'Munich 58' song.
Ey larrrrrrrrrr - yer allright - Have yer got any bifters on yer like - me giro comes in tomorrer.
Scouser - 'Yer not a troooo Scouser - yer from Birkenhead'
Someone who comes from Liverpool
Inhabitiant of liverpool, often downplayed by rival cities due to false stereotypes from godawefull 80's TV shows such as "Bread", "Boys from the black stuff" and "Brookside" depicting them to be thieves and killers, and enforced by the peasant underclass of youths known as "scallys" or "chavs" who are generally annoying cunts. while these can be found anywhere in the United Kingdom, some people live under the delsuion that they dont exist around them, and they are only found in liverpool.
Scousers are usually easy going, up for a laugh, and welcoming to outsiders, and usually posess a strong wit similar to that of the Irish, and Geordies, also loves a good party!
"we do dat doe dont we doe?"
People from Liverpool who aren't that different from anyone else, except we don't slag off other cities as much as everyone else slags us off.
The myth of scousers as criminals is usually reinforced by right wing toffs and the gutter press, who've never visited Liverpool - probably because we don't tolerate third-hand bigoted remarks from people who can afford a 'good education'.
Merseyside, with Liverpool at its centre, is one of the safest metropolitan areas in the UK according to Home Office statistics. A decline in the number of crimes reported per 100,000 of the population, has made Merseyside the third safest metropolitan area behind Northumbria and South Yorkshire - burglary rates are at their lowest levels for more than twenty years. Which probably explains why Ive heard so many students saying they feel safer in Liverpool than they do back home.
Don't believe the crap written about us.
You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are! - John Lennon
Person from Liverpool.
The nice ones are really nice, ie very friendly & chatty, like to take the mickey out of all and sundry and as honest and trustworthy as the day is long.
Bad ones are quite possible the most irritating people ever met, with large chips on their shoulder who whinge a lot and can't be trusted as far as they can be thrown.
Visitors from other countries (and also from the UK) can generally not always understand scousers with strong accents.
Good - Ken Dodd (except for the whole tax evasion thing)
Bad - Wayne Rooney (despite the obvious talent on the field)
Person from Liverpool. Scousers are generally welcoming, fun loving, hardworking and a talented breed of people. Over the years there has been a wealth of talent come out of Liverpool and that flame still burns bright today. Let me also mention that Liverpool will now be the Capital of Culture 2008, and with the funding from Europe, it can only make Liverpool even better. As for the people who like to use old boring stereotypes made popular in the 1980's, I really would like you to come and see for yourself. Either that or check the crime and unemployment stats, Liverpool has higher EMPLOYMENT rates and LOWER crime rates than the likes of Manchester and areas of London.
"Today I met a Scouser, it changed my mind about the stupid stereotyping by idiot comedians such as Bernard Manning"
People from Liverpool. Like everyone else expect with an exaggerated accent. Yes like you, or in fact me. Some are "scum" but then again I imagine everywhere in the country has twats living there. So all you pricks from manchester, get a job and stop bitching about a place you can't afford to get to because you support several kids, have a drink problem and scav off the dole :)
i saw a scouser today, la
n. a person from Liverpool, England, or Liverpudlian, or Merseysider (the River Mersey; Merseyside County). Scouse is a term for the distinctive local accent or dialect. Derived from "lobscouse," a traditional sailors' stew usually made with lamb and hard tack (very hard, baked bread/cracker).
A scouser himself, Steven Gerrard is perhaps the most beloved of the current players on the Liverpool squad.