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Reviewing: Ar Bay A Brummie

"Arrived on time to send to son in New Zealand for christmas. This should help confuse his friends."

Lisa Ansell

Bostin\' job!!!

"Ordered Tay shirt for my pregnant daughter in law and a babby grow for the baby to come, really impressed with the quality and the great job done the guys went above and beyond my expectations!! "

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About Us

Our History

Our principles when starting the business in 2007 are still its core ethos today.
Quite Simply.
To make people proud of themselves & help them be the best that they can be.
We aim to do that with our customers , employees & anyone we meet along the way.
Our 1st step in doing this was to address our local culture.
When we were growing up, there was a definite stigma about being from the Black Country & it was something looked down on, particularly if you had a strong regional accent.
So over a pint & a bag of scratchings we decided our aim would be to turn this into something to rejoice & feel lucky about.

So we set about making people proud about their area and where they live and subsequently themselves, through the promotion of local culture and it’s humour with our range of Black Country gifts & funny videos.
This method of approach has been an amazing success with our t shirts & mugs being sold to people in over 10 counties & our Black Country alphabet video now being taught in local schools as an example of colloquialisms.
This ethos is easily carried into our custom work, by improving ourselves, employees and making others feel good (either our customers or as an ambassador for our area in the way we do business).

Black Country

What Is The Black Country?

The Black Country Locality
The Black Country is in the West Midlands, England. It is located to the north and west of the city of Birmingham and to the south and east of Wolverhampton, with an estimated population of 1 million people.
The majority of the Black Country people despite how near the Black Country is to Birmingham refuse to claim membership to the city due to their pride of being from The Black Country.
The geography of the Black Country is a commonly debated subject as it has no borders & doesn’t appear on any map.
A hot topic is Wolverhampton. Generally, those that are from Wolverhampton say it is in the Black Country, while those that aren’t, say it’s not.
Black Country Map
(A rough guide to the shape of the Black Country)
Our opinion is:
If yow think yow am Black Country, then yow probably am!
The Black Country Industry
The Black Country is world famous for its industry, by the late 19th century the area had become one of the most industrialised places in the country. The coal mining, steel mills, iron foundries and factory furnaces produced a level of air pollution that had few equals in the world.
The Black Country industry which once overpowered the area has mostly gone mainly due to import of goods becoming more cost effective than export. The Black Country still has pockets of manufacturing but on a much smaller scale.
The Black Country Name
Many believe the Black Country got its name because of the pollution; the area was dark with soot, smoke, dirt and grime from the industry at the time.
However, local historians believe that the name existed before the industrial revolution and the black coal emerging to the surface of the ground gave the area the name ‘The Black Country’.
No one else in the world speaks like Black Country folk do.
The sound of the accent of a black country mon or ooman is that of early modern English and middle English, making people from outside the area very confused by it.

“Ow Bist?” meaning “How are you?” derives from the old saying “How bist thou?”. “Owamya” is another very common greeting in the Black Country!
In reply “Bay too bad”, meaning “I’m not too bad” and “Om Alright Ta me mucker!” meaning “I’m alright thanks my friend”

The Black Country dialect often substitutes the word “ar” for “yes” and “I haven’t seen her” becomes “I ay sid ‘er”. .
Broad Black Country speakers say “agooin” instead of going.

There is a friendly rivalry with nearby Birmingham.

“Ar Bay A Brummie Arm from The Black Country” is a common saying amongst the locals.

Brummies often refer to their Black Country neighbours as “Yam Yams”, because of their use of “Yow am” ( or yow’m) instead of “You are”.

In reply, Black Country often say “I Yam What I Yam!” and accept the Yam Yam name.
We created the Black Country Alphabet video to help people know their yam yams from their yampys in 2008 and has had a huge cult following all over the world. CLICK HERE to see the video.

Black Country Tourist Attractions

These days, tourism is now one of area’s main sources of income.
Many come to see & learn about it’s famous industrial past at the Black Country Museum.
Or visit the rides & animals at Dudley Zoo & Castle.
There are many parks & farms to visit free of charge too.
Or you can come check out the many events held throughout the year, such as the popular Sandwell Show at Dartmouth Park every August bank holiday or the unique Black Country Boating Festival usually held in September.

Our Contribution.

We want people to be very proud of this unique area.
So we try our very best to promote the culture & dialect via the internet & with the odd video here & there.
We also mek ower bostin’ range of t shirts, bags, hoodies, mugs, etc with Black Country slogans on them for folk to wear where ever they goo!
Cheers Muckers,