It’s all change here at DJHC! Since our relocation to our new officesat Gatcombe House in Portsmouth, we’ve recognised it’s time for another phase in our evolution as the South East’s MEP engineering experts. Formerly known as David J Higgins Consulting, we’re now rebranding simply as DJHC. This signals a new chapter as we continue to provide client-focussed, resourceful MEP consulting to our clients.
With this evolution comes a growing team. To accommodate the newest members of DJHC, we’re moving to bigger offices within the Grade II listed former naval residence. It’ll be from here we’ll manage all the exciting new projects we’re working on in our new iteration as DJHC. To mark the occasion, and to pay homage to our home and this new phase in our development, we’ll share some facts about the local Pompey lingo.
What’s in an accent?
Portsmouth’s naval history sets ‘Pompey speak’ apart from the typical Hampshire accent, which is more West Country-sounding. The closest match would be a Cockney accent as after World War II, many Londoners were relocated in Portsmouth to work on the docks. There are also several words that are Romany Gypsy in origin, inherited from camps in the nearby New Forest area.
5 highlights of ‘Pompey speak’
First, the expression Pompey itself, which is slang for the city and its football club. The origin of the word has never been proven, but one theory is that it comes from ‘Pom. P’, a shortened version of Portsmouth Point which was entered in ships’ logs as they entered the harbour. Others say it comes from La Pompée, a captured French ship which was moored in the harbour for use as a prison.
Dinlo is a word that finds its roots in Portsmouth’s Romany gypsy connections. It’s a lighthearted insult which means fool.
To squinny is a wonderfully flexible word. It can be used as a verb: ‘stop squinnyin’; a noun: ‘stop being a squinny!’; or as an adjective: ‘they’re well squinny’, meaning ‘they’re a real moaner’ or a person who typically gets upset easily.
Turk Tain is slang for Gosport and another throwback to Portsmouth’s naval history. It’s thought the term comes from Turkish sailors who docked in the 1840s that died from cholera and were buried at a local cemetery.
The Lippy Tower
The Lippy Tower is the nickname given to the large tower block at the waterside shopping centre, Gunwharf Quays. It is supposed to look like a ship’s funnel, but many think it looks more like a big tube of lipstick.
Bonus tip: Lose the T and add an S
Locals always drop their ‘Ts‘ and add an ‘S‘ to the end of everything said, for example, Yous twos, Tescos, and ones…basically if you’re from Pompey, anything can become a plural. And there you have it – a crash course in Pompey speak to honour our new home. We hope to see you in the office soon!