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"Scouse" from Norwegian???
Thread poster: Nina Spencer

Nina Spencer  Identity Verified
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Jan 9, 2008

So it says here!!! ("Scouse" being somebody from Liverpool)

"...the word Scouse was originally a variation of "lobscouse", the name of a traditional dish of Scouse made with lamb stew mixed with hardtack eaten by sailors. The word "lobscouse" may be of Norwegian origin ("lapskaus" in Norwegian)..."

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PS My mum made the best "lapskaus" ever!!!!!

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brigidm  Identity Verified
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well, well, you learn something new every day, as they say... Jan 9, 2008

I say you're getting another one of your "homesick periods", Nina! Happy New Year, BTW.

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Lars Finsen
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fancy title Jan 9, 2008

I'm afraid it's the other way around. The origin of the lobscouse name is probably "lumpy course" in my opinion, but other English dialect words may be involved as well, see the Wikipedia article on Scouse: It must have been borrowed into the Nordic languages like so much of English sailor's terminology.

That sites like refer to it as a loan from north German is a little strange. The misconception seems to have spread from them. The source of their information seems to be Wikipedia, but the Wikipedia article on Scouse today is better presented.

Should like to know how your mum made her lapskaus!
My grandmother made it with beef, onion, leeks, carrots and potatoes. Simple, but nice. I still make it for myself now and then.


[Edited at 2008-01-09 17:46]

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Suzanne Blangsted  Identity Verified
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labskovs Jan 9, 2008

Thanks for bring that up. I haven't heard that word since I lived at home way back when. Actually forgot about it. My mother was an excellent cook and made anything and everything taste great. Labskovs, yes indeed - stew.

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Clare Barnes  Identity Verified
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Scouse Jan 9, 2008

And the Norwegian Wikipedia article too... and a recipe with more/different info about where it comes from... confusing stuff this!

I recall a family friend - a genuine Scouser - who just called this Scouse (you have to imagine the thick Liverpudlian accent).


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