Sarf London

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Pronunciation spelling of south, representing a th-fronting South London accent.


Proper noun[edit]

Sarf London

  1. (UK, nonstandard) South London
    • 1995, Kevin Durkin, “Language Development II: Social Dimensions of Acquisition and Use”, in Developmental social psychology: from infancy to old age[1], →ISBN, page 248:
      Nigel Kennedy, the English violinist, is noted for having acquired a working-class “Sarf London” speech in early adulthood, overcoming the heritage of an elite education as a gifted child at the Yehudi Menuhin school, in the course of which he was exposed to continuous input of RP.
    • 2003, Peter Buckley, editor, The Rough Guide to Rock[2], →ISBN, page 203:
      Their stance as the most honest band in the world was offset by some nagging doubts: even some of their true believers felt that Strummer (real name John Mellors) came from too privileged a background to be genuinely angry, while Jones’s ‘Sarf London’ accent was considered suspect.
    • 2006, Martyn Waites, Mary's Prayer[3], →ISBN, page 106:
      ‘I figured that all this Sarf London wideboy bit was just smoke.’