Brought to you by Jake Wardle at https://www.jakewardle.com. A parody video I made during an 18th century battlefield re-enactment event. In this parody I combine the standard British soldier from the later part of the 18th century with a "Mandem" (now commonly referred to as a "roadman") from the early 21st century "street" culture found in some parts of the UK today. I thought such a combination would make for a funny, interesting and absurd parody.
If you are not from the UK you may have never heard of this "street" sub-culture we have, let alone be able to understand it (further down I have included a translation of the slang words I used). It mainly exists in the poorer, rough "ghetto" areas of major English cities. The particular variant I did in this video is the London variant (as I am from London myself and grew up in an area where many youth speak this way) I do not however speak this way myself in my normal speech (some of you who know me and have seen my other videos already know this) but I am able to do an accurate imitation due to going to school and sixth form college where many spoke this way.
The official academic name for this accent and dialect is 'London Multicultural English'
To give you an idea of all of this, here is an example of the type of "Mandems/roadmen" that I am imitating in this video. Here is a scene from the film 'Kidulthood' which is a drama about the "street" culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TunQD2ZDz7Q
And here is another (funny) example, a scene from an actual parody film of the street culture called 'Anuvahood': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUVftk9FRW4
Anyway, now for the translation off the slang... "Street" or "mandem/roadman" slang is a combination of mostly Jamaican patois, ghetto American and some words that seem to be unique to UK street culture. However, the accent and dialect as a whole is predominately Jamaican (due to many Jamaicans settling in the UK) which is why in my previous accent videos I had labeled it as "Jamaican influenced" it is not to be confused with an actual Jamaican accent though. Anyway here is the slang:
Badman: tough/gangster/man who commits bad deeds and gets street cred for them
Wagwan: a typical Jamaican greeting equivalent to "whats going on?" or "whats up?"
Mandem/mandems: used to describe a male or group of males in the street culture
Galdem/galdems: same meaning as mandem but for females instead
Man/Manz: I, you or them
Dun kno: Done already known used as a conformation of something, exitment/celebration or to gloat
Blud/fam/cuz: man, dude, homie, mate, friend or foe etc
Garmz: garments (clothing)
Brap: a kind of imitation of a gun shot that is used an expression of excitement or celebration
Screwfacing/screwface: pulling an angry or disapproving/disgusted/distasteful expression on your face
Vexed: angry/mad/really annoyed etc
Innit: isn't it
Par/parred: an insult, or misfortunate event that has happened to someone
Wifey: girlfriend/serious lover
Buff/peng: sexy (male of female)
Back off: sexy bum
Bare: really, very, lots of, large quantity or size etc
Pussyhole: an insult that pretty much usually means what it what its says on the tin. It is used in the same way as just calling someone a pussy.
Shank: a knife or sharp object used for stabbing (noun) or simply to stab (verb) originated in American prisons to describe and improvised sharp melee weapon
Jook: a verb meaning to stab
Sket: slut, whore, bitch, overly promiscuous woman
Sick: very good or cool
Spit barz: rap/rhyme
Butterz: an alternative way of saying butt ugly used to describe someone or something ugly or disgusting
*kmt*: kiss my teeth, a "mtchew" kind of sound produced by doing just that, used to display a distasteful attitude towards something or someone.
You can also find more detailed translations on the Urban dictionary website: http://www.urbandictionary.com
Also here is some of the 18th century military terminology I used:
Make ready: cock your musket (ready to fire)
Shoulder firelocks: place your musket against your shoulder supporting it from the bottom with your palm
Huzzah: British battle cry from the 18th and 19th centuries
Finally I would like to say a special thanks to the 'Redcoats and Rebels' re-enactment group that I have the privilege of being a part of.
Also if you like shooting videos, my fellow redcoat cameraman 'K Fish' has a YouTube channel full of them. Check him out on YouTube (he has lots of videos firing both historical and modern guns alike)
As stated in the video, the music I used was:
Barry Lyndon - British Grenadiers (fife and drum)
Strictly Beats Series - Hood Riddims
Thanks for watching!