Hove, actually.

The phrase, Hove actually, comes from the posh residents of Hove objecting to the notion that they are in any way connected to Brighton. Thus any conversation about where you might live would go like this:
Person 1: Do you live in Brighton?
Person 2: Well, Hove, actually.
This is a source of much comedy amongst some people in our fair city, when the film Love Actually came to Brighton many of the posters were changed to read, well I’ll let you work it out for yourselves.

It’s not just the residents that are this particular, no no. Hove has grass on the seafront, Brighton has none. Hove has a fetching deep dark green colour covering it’s railings and bars, Brighton has a lurid turquoise. Hove has helpful signs under the road names reassuring you that, yes, you are still in Hove. And Hove has Heritage. Or lots of signs pointing out the interesting things about Hove. Brighton is lacking in such items. This one amuses me the most, mainly because it underlines all of the above. The first thing of importance about Hove, is that it is separate and very different from Brighton. Got it?

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2 Responses to Hove, actually.

  1. Jonny:) says:

    So just to check, the summerary is…. your posh???(yes i know i lived in chichester AND royal tunbridge wells)

  2. Duncan Hill says:

    The funny thing about people pronouncing “Hove actually” is that they usually pronounce “Hove” in a Received Pronunciation accent to rhyme with “mauve”.

    However the local pronunciation is like “Hoove”, to rhyme with “move” – but very few people say this.

    My point is the irony of people proudly declaring that Hove is separate to Brighton – they are not even true locals, but came from London and other areas (Myself, I lived in Hove – as an outsider – for a few years).

    Of course Hove and Brighton were both separate places – and of course still are even if their town centres both join!

    If anything, a true Hove born-and-bred local should respond to “Do you live in Hove?” with “Hoove actually!”.

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