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The term refers to shops licenced to sell alcohol to take away
A Twitter user has opened up an impassioned debate over an unlikely subject.
Dami Olonisakin, a London-based sex blogger known online as Oloni, said her friends were mocking her for using the word “offy” to refer to off-licences.
“Lmao they say the’ve never heard it before,” she tweeted in the early hours of Sunday. “People from the UK have you heard the term?”
Her question was met with a flurry of responses, racking up more than 2,600 likes and trending at number 10 on the social media platform by the afternoon.
For those unfamiliar, an off-licence (or “offy,” if you prefer) refers to a shop which has a licence to sell alcohol to consume off the premises – hence the name.
The writer said the “mixture of answers” she received in response were “hilarious”, with most users confirming that the abbreviation was, indeed, a thing:
Of course it’s an “offy”!! Very common saying ☺️🤷🏾♀️
I hope these friends are eating humble pie now @Oloni 😂😂 https://t.co/3jFCLjZXaX — Leah Charles-King (@Leah Charles-King)
Any Londoner who don’t call it the ‘Offy’ is a psychopath! End of! #londoncitizens https://t.co/dcC7FQzksk — Mr Wuhan Clan 🐻🏳️🌈 (@Mr Wuhan Clan 🐻🏳️🌈)
What? Doesn't everyone call it that? Was probably one of the first colloquialisms I used when I moved here 25 years… https://t.co/wZ9qKGNou1 — And yet... (@And yet...)
@Oloni I don’t trust anyone who refers to it as the off licence. It’s the offy all the way. — 💙ॐ🌳 The Lord II 🌳 ॐ💙 (@💙ॐ🌳 The Lord II 🌳 ॐ💙)
Some referred to divides of some sort – be it north vs south, or leftie vs Tory:
@Oloni Only Tories have the time to say it in full, otherwise it's the offy — Heather Doole (@Heather Doole)
@Oloni I can verify its certainly used up north as well.
Chippy Offy etc
However the terms in the picture below wi… https://t.co/N7klfkD0TU — Steve Langton (@Steve Langton)
@Oloni Of course , the offy but mainly a southern thing. Older folks at least up north ie war generation used to call it The Outdoor — terry christian (@terry christian)
i've been spelling it offie
but i did get mocked once for using the word lappy for laptop computer https://t.co/fAmlfQ4oJC — Andrzej Cichocki (@Andrzej Cichocki)
Others raised the more unconventional term of ‘beer-off’:
It's always been a "beeroff" to me but "offy" also works https://t.co/m3QunZIFGT — Sartorial Thug 🍸(Secretary of State for Bounders) (@Sartorial Thug 🍸(Secretary of State for Bounders))
While one individual shared an image of an ‘offy’ called, well, ‘The Offy’:
@Oloni There's an off license in my town actually CALLED 'The Offy'. Big sign on it and everything. https://t.co/t9WvShTddN — AdonisNimbus on Twitch (@AdonisNimbus on Twitch)
Still, there were a number to whom the term was completely alien:
Never heard of Offy tbh. Sounds like an Essex thing 😷 https://t.co/nIVtEMM5NH — 💫 DANANN'S PUMPKIN PIE 💫 (@💫 DANANN'S PUMPKIN PIE 💫)
no https://t.co/IySIJy9Qf9 — Joseph (@Joseph)
Oloni later shared her amazement at the reaction her query provoked.
“I didn’t expect this,” she admitted.
“But I’m off to go show my group chat now.”