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Context: Manchester's All Right
My observations of Mancunian4 vernacular, weather and temperament led me to consider the value of humble expectations.
Mancunian Slang Adjective Flash Drawings: Stroppy, Naff, Scally, Grotty, Mardy Ink on six ready-made fluorescent yellow die-cut papers 12 x 7.5 inches each; 37 x 50 inches assembled. Produced in the Breathe Residency at Chinese Arts Centre. blog
Vernacular. I noticed that Mancs have many
colorful slang words, but most express displeasure. Compared with Americans,
Mancs tend to downplay expressions of pleasure or enthusiasm.
Weather. I also noticed a contrast between the perceived and
actual weather in Manchester. Mancs are quite happy to complain about
the poor weather, but I found it not nearly as rainy as I was warned.
In fact, I wore a too-heavy waterproof parka for the first several weeks,
and was pleasantly surprised by the mild temperatures and occasional
Temperament. These observations suggest that Mancunians may employ defensive pessimism.
4. “Of Manchester.” Shortened as “Mancs.”