Coronation Street’s Tracy sparks North-South divide by using the word ‘mingebag’


CORRIE bosses sparked a North-South rift after a character used the word “mingebag”.

Southerners were horrified at what they thought was a pre-watershed reference to women’s private parts.

Southern viewers were horrified at the use of the word ‘mingebag’

But amused Northerners were quick to point out that the term is actually slang for someone who is tight with money.

Tracy McDonald called hubby Steve a “mingebag” for taking her to a curry house that had a discounted meals offer.

Taurean Bordeaux wrote on Twitter: “Mary Whitehouse would be spinning in her grave if she had heard Tracy McDonald ­saying mingebag.”

Jody Irwin wrote: “Surely this isn’t allowed to be said on TV?” But Northerners insisted the term, believed to have originated in Liverpool, was fine to use.

An online dictionary confirms that ‘mingebag’ is a term used to describe someone who ‘avoids paying their way’

Merseysider Kelly Jones, 27, said: “We use it all the time, I didn’t realise it was weird until I spoke to people in the South.”

But it does not seem to have made it to the East Midlands, where mum-of-three Amy Kyne, 27, was watching in Newark, Notts.

She said: “I was quite shocked when I heard it. I just kept thinking about my nan watching it at home.

“I haven’t dared ask her about it — she’s very old-fashioned.”

A Coronation Street source said: “The phrase mingebag is a Scouse slang term for a tightwad.

“The writer is Scouse and Steve was trying to get away with a cheap meal so they used the term to describe him.”

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