He has the Newcastle bur in his throat.

The people of Newcastle, Morpeth, and their environs, have a peculiar gutteral pronunciation, like that called in Leicestershire harling, none of them being able to pronounce the letter R. Fre, if any, of the natives of these places are ever able to get rid of this peculiarity.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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The Mayor of Northampton opens oysters with his dagger

He has the Newcastle bur in his throat

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