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Croakumshire

Northumberland is so called from the peculiar croaking of the natives in speaking. This is especially observable in Newcastle and Morpeth, where the people are said to be born with a burr in their throats, which prevents their giving effect to the letter r.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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