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USER-COMPILED LIST OF NORTH-EAST DIALECT

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a-bed - in bed: "Shhh, your grandad's abed" Richard Tucker (Throckley)

ahint - behind. S.Taylor (Hetton/Easington Lane)

allawand - I forecast that: "allawand yill turn out a baddun" Kenn Johnson re Sunderland

alley - marble: "the bairns are playin pot alleys" (East Durham)

appro - hire purchase (on approval): "The bairn needs school shoes, ahv put them on appro" (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)

areet - alright: "areet pet" (South Shields)

As - I was (always used for I was): "as just thinkin'..." Helen Hemingway (North Shields 1980s)

at - "where's Bruce at?" (what's he doing?) Seaham 2004 per BG

away - "Aw man, he 's away to the shows" (A bit daft, being silly) Ivor Lee (Willington)


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baccy/backie - tobacco( loose pipe or chewing): "Get me backie and pipe for uz" (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)

backy - like croggy, to travel on back of bike: "Gis a backy" Roger Key (re East Durham)

bahh - stop! e.g. "bahh ye bugger, bahh!" - usually to stop a pit pony. Roger Key (Easington Colliery)

baigie - a turnip or swede. Brian Davidson (Ashington)

bairn - child: "Put the bairn in the buggy pet" Helen Hemingway (North Shields 1980s)

bank - hill, esp one that is used as a route: "He cycled down the bank" V.Glass (Morpeth,Belford)

barm-cakes - large bread rolls (BG, Sunderland 2005)

bary - gorgeous, lovely, etc. "We used to say that 'summat' or someone was 'bary' (long 'ah' sound as in 'father')" Markus Dow (Seahouses, 1990)
"barry or baree is quite common around SE Northumberland and means good" Dave Davison (2005)

baulk (pronounced bark) - thick wooden plank used when shoring up the roof in the pit: "Pass us a baulk. OR saw us a baulk in half" (Peter re Dawdon Pit)

beck - stream: "jumping the beck in Dalton-le-dale" Tom Moreland (1950s)

iron benker- "a large ball-bearing used in playing marbles" Les Worthy (Sunderland)

bewer - esp. a girl who who tarted herself up for a night out. Stuart McQuade (Hartlepool)

My daughter says it isn't exactly uncomplimentary but its on the level of 'totty'... 'Looka that bewer at the bar'. Vic Wood (Teesside)
blackclocks/blacklocks - big shiny blackbeetles (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)

blaked - inebriated: "ahm ganna get blaked the neyt" Terry Hagan (Wheatley Hill, Peterlee)

blather - rubbish/ramble on: "stop blatherin on about nowt" (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)
blether via Cate Dobson

blez - to have a go: 'Fancy a blez o me new bike?' Gerrard Crinion (Hexhamshire, Consett)

bleeze - meant to 'zoom'. Markus Dow (Seahouses, 1990)

bleeze - "bleez up the fire, ahm frozen"; The fires bleezin' hot:" (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)

bleezer - the bleezer was a tin sheet the size of the fire opening with a handle on the back which when held over the front of the fire caused air to be sucked through the grate through the fire and up the chimney, thus "bleezin'" it up. (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)

bleezin' - 'In South East Northumberland I've heard this used as a weather description as in "It's bleezin down a snaa/ rain" to mean it is raining or snowing heavily' Cate Dobson

blory - fuzzy (of vision). Easington 2006

boggie - four wheeled vehicle - somewhat like a go-cart. Made from a plank of wood and two sets of pram wheels. Also used to mean the produce of ones nose! Fred Short (Hartlepool)

boilee - milk and bread and sugar. South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003

bool - go: "We'll bool over and have a gleg at yer leeks" (Alan Murray, Ferryhill)

booler - "hoop , childs/boys toy used with stick" Alan Coates (Shildon)

bowk - to vomit: "Ye'll feel better if ya bowk it up" (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)
bowk - to burp: “Lissena him bowkin'. That's rude, man” Harold Johnson, South Shields

boxegg - beautiful: "That Bairn's a little Boxegg" (Alan Murray, Ferryhill, Fishburn)

borned up - with a fever: "the bairn's borned up2 (Seaham 2006)

brattish/brattice - a rough wooden or curtained partition to separate a front or back door from living areas, behind which outdoor coats and boots could be kept out of sight. Gillian Wilkinson (Coundon, 1950s)
bratticing from brattice meaning a shaft lining or a wooden partition used underground in mines. IBrian Davidson, Ashington)

bullets - Hard boiled sweets: "Gis a bullet - give me a sweet" Helen Hemingway (North Shields)

bray - to give a good hiding. Briand Davidson (Ashington)

bull's lugs - the best; better than others: "He thinks he's the Bull's Lugs" (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)

butterlighty - butterfly: "Lukka them butterlighties on the flooers" Harold Johnson, South Shields

butterlooey - butterfly (South Shields 1960s)

Byker tea-cake - head butt: "He stuck on the Byker teacake - he headbutted him" Helen Hemingway (North Shields)


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cack-handed , cowey-handed - left handed. Cate Dobson

cansh (proper word caunch or ripping) - making mine road higher by removal of stone above or below: "borrum cansh coal seam" Ken Johnson (Dawdon pit, 1960s)
canch, or caunch - the part of the heading above the top of the seam, consisting of stone which has to be removed to allow arched supports to be put in for the roadways: "The canch men are drilling so the shot firer can blow out the canch" Yvonne Shelley, South Hetton

cap piece - block of wood: 'gis a cap piece to put over this prop end' Norman re Dawdon pit

carlings – very hard orangish peas / pigeon food (and good for pea-shooters), Jack Roddam (Sacriston)
carlins - rabbit droppings: "Clean the hutch, it's full of carlins" Alan Brown re East Durham mining towns

carr-handed - left-handed (Richard Walsh, N'd)

casey - leather football. (Philip Oxley, Consett)

chaw - to thieve something .(Alan - Wheatley hill) [Romany]

chebble - table. (Philip Oxley re Stanley); "get the feet off the chebble" S.Taylor (Hetton/Easington Lane)

chetty - potato. (Philip Oxley re Stanley)

chewy - an adjective for a task difficult to perform. Pete Greig, Hartlepool
chewed, and chew-on - bothered, to bother to: "Ah cannet be chewed te gan te the Club", "dinnet chew on too much on my account" Alan Brown re Durham mining villages. See also TEW

chewy -: chewing gum: "any one have any chewy?" (Weardale)

chod - turd (Seaham C20/mid)

gettin on me chops - getting on nerves; annoying: "Kids stop arguin, yer gettin on me chops!" (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)

choz (pronounced 'choss') - good, referring to food. 'My parents didn't use this word and said 'choller''. Les Gorse (Deneside, Seaham)

chud/chuddy - chewing gum. J.Seed (Chester-le-Street 1960s)
chutty - chewing gum. Philip Oxley (consett/Stanley)

chum - empty e.g. empty tub, empty water-bottle, empty pint-glass etc. East Durham (Pitmatic) via Kenn Johnson

claggy - sticky; gluey. Harold Johnson, South Shields

claggum - something gluey or, more likely, saliva (pron.slavva) used to stick something together eg '... just needs a bit of claggum,' he said, spitting on his forefinger ...' Harold Johnson, South Shields

clarts - mud, clarty - muddy: "Dinna walk in the clarts", "Your hands are all clarty" Betty Lindsay (Silksworth)

cled - in a mess, cluttered up beyond desciption: "His front room was kled from floor to ceiling" Arthur Kay (Murton)

clem - stone: "Arm fower pund off seventeen clem and its arl gan on me kite, so dinnet mess with us" Alan Murray, Ferryhill
clemies - stones: "to hoy clemmies". 'widely used in Billingham' B.Forster re C20/mid
"If thoo disent givower dee-en that al chuck a clemmy at the." George Butler (Leeholme.Coundon 1920s,/30s)
clemmy - stone or broken brick: "to hoi (hoy) a clemmy at someone" (J Hicks, Spennymoor)

cloaker - grey bug found under rocks. Bill Pearson (Berwick)

clocks - [?faces]: "ay we cleaned their clocks for them" (they were well beaten) Ivor Lee (Willington)

clouty pudding - meaning 'a white cloth used to boil suet pudding.' Jenny Mason (Byers Green)

"all of a cokkle" meant unbalanced & teatering & on the brink of losing balance. Can be applied to describing drunken walking, but usually for criticism of badly stacked items. Derek Reynolds (Darlington)

coggled – balanced (upon) Margaret Bond (Darlington)

coiner – a children's cart or bogey, constructed from a few planks of wood and four old pram wheels, the front two being pivoted to turn, hence coiner. Michael Makepeace (South Shields, C20/2)

cotty - knotted or tangled: ''my hair was cotty' Sam Ripley, Bishop Auckland, 1980s

cowey-handed, cack-handed - left handed. Cate Dobson

cowp – "shu slipped o the clarts n cowped a creels" (fell over dramatically). Jack Roddam (Sacriston)
cowp - a swop: "Arll gie yu a cowp" Wheatley Hill meet, May 2004

cracket - small home made wooden stool: "Sit yersel on the cracket" Duncan re Durham

craw coal - anthracite. Derek Reynold

cree - shed e.g. hen cree South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003
"pigeons are kept in a cree" Alan Brown re East Durham

coup your creels - a forward role. A.Geggie (Ashington)
cropple your creels - a forward roll: "Ee A slipped owa n croppled me creels" S Barratt (Bearpark)

croggie - a ride on a bike's crossbar: "hey, give us a croggie home" Roger Mason (Norton pre-1961)

crowdy - specially prepared hen food. Ivor Lee, Hunwick, B'p Auckland
crowdy - "We only used the word 'crowdy' for hen food, which was grain/oats/kitchen scraps/boiled tatie pealings, mixed into a paste with hot water." Brian Joslin (re Bishop Auckland 1940s)

cuddy wiffer – left-handed Fred Short (Hartlepool); "cuddy handed" S.Taylor (Hetton/Easington Lane)

cundy - a stream, or culvert for a stream: "D'ya waant te gan on the swing down the Cundy?"(stream), or"Let's walk through the Cundy (culvert) under the Road te get te the Beach Dene" Alan Brown re Durham mining villages

custy – good. Jack Roddam (Sacriston)
coosty - good. Jim Cromarty (Berwick)
"That' s cushtie, that is." Comment at fairground/stalls, Durham Miners Gala, 2001.


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dacker - really good, brilliant: "That's a dacker bike you've got". Alan Murray (Ferryhill)

dad - to bash, hit: 'Ah'll dad yer heed in', 'He dadded him in the gob', etc. Alan Brown re Durham mining villages

daflin – a light breeze blowing from no definite direction: "divven nar which ole te blar frae" (Alan Illingworth, Hartlepool)

dag - dressy, hair smarmed - 'our doctor who sported lemon gloves was a bit of a dag.' Alan Myers (South Shields, 1950s, also back to 1920s).

darbo - a cement and sand mix without the aggregate, a sort of finishing mixture: "All he'd done was tap the posts about six inches in and then slapped a bit of darbo round the base." Vic Wood (Middlesbrough)

daza - good or excellent. (Swalwell, ca.1950)
darzer - slang for a good one. e.g. "It's a darzer - it's a smasher." Roly Veitch (Winlaton)

decibels - "An aunt of mine used to speak of her 'decibels' by which she meant her underwear: 'The front door bell rings and here's me in me decibels.'" [deshabilles, or everyday wear] Harold Johnson (South Shields)

dee - do: "Aa've got nowt te dee" (Newc. and general)

deeks - to look at something: "Give us a deeks/deakes o' that" Garard Crinnion (Hexhamshire)

ding - to hit: "ding you on the heed" (Birtley 1980s via South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003)

divn't - do not, don't: "I divn't want to do that." Dave Scott, Jarrow 1970s/80s

to doll - to hit: 'I once heard a bus conductor counselling caution when dealing with late-night drunks: 'They've a chance to doll you'.' Alan Myers (South Shields)

dolly-wash - coal dust from beck. (Wheatley Hill meet, May 2004)

dother - to shiver or tremble (with cold): "I'm dothering." Roly Veitch (Blaydon)

dover - to fell, knock out: "he dovered him"" (Seaham per BG 2004)

dowser - a lively lad, a champion anything e.g. pigeon, girlfriend: "That's a dowser!" (cf. 'daza') Gordon Patrickson (Seaham re 1950s)

drawkked - soaked through: "I was drawkked withat rain last neet" Kenn Johnson re Sunderland

duckat - pigeon loft. (South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003)

dunched - collided: "We were wrestlin' and accidently dunched our heeds together" Alan Brown re Durham mining villages
dunsched - bumped; "Geordie dunsched his head or dunsched his car" Bob Brown (Ryhope)

dutt – bowler cap or best cap, but not flat cap. (South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003)

dutt - to head-but: "He dutted him reet on his nose." J. Seed (Chester-le-Street, 1960s)


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edgy - excellent, great, cf. daza or darzer. Used by Swalwell kids around 1950 after daza went out of fashion. Michael Makepeace

ettle – to intend. 'My dad still says ettle in 2004.' Jack Roddam (Sacriston)


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fadge - round loaf, Newc. per BG

fadge - female organ. TR (Seaham)

fanant - as in "Worra fanant. Ah nivvor hord the like" meaning 'What a bizarre situation' or 'What a carry on/caper/excessive response to a happening.' Harold Johnson (South Shields)

Felt-o - "As a child I played Felt-o, not hide and seek. To 'get felt', of course, was to hide." Dorothy Barker (Barnard Castle)

femmer - weak, spindly: "The wood you are using for that cree is ower femmer" WDF (Blyth)
femmer - fragile. (Durham)
femmer - delicate, fragile: "the stool is femmer, be careful with it" V Glass (Ashington)

fettle - condition, health: "Hope you'r in good fettle" Ivor Lee (Willington)

fettled - "fixed" or "finished". So banging in a nail which on the last bang splits the wood: "That's fettled it". John Seed (Chester-leStreet)

fever van - used for the colliery ambulance transporting injured miners (S.W.Durham meet)

fliggied – [flew away] - 'when chicks flew a nest we said they fliggied.' Jack Roddam (Sacriston)

fond - silly: "That's a fond idea." Eve Thornton (Horden)
fond - stupid or foolish: "a daft fond, a proper fond!" R.E. Stockton

foonded - cold e.g. "I'm foonded" Roy Veitch re Esh Winning

fornenst - near at hand, close by or against. Brian Davidson re Wooler/Alnwick C20/1
. strite fenence -straight oppostie: "I'll meet you in that pub strite fenence the chip shop" Alan Smith (Backworth)

fustins - strong trousers. A. Geggie (Ashington)


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gadgie – minor authority figure: "the gadgie'll get ya" Alan Walker (Tynemouth 1950s) 

gallowa - a pit pony: "He's as strang as a gallowa" S.Barratt (Bearpark)

galluses - braces. Brian Davidson (Ashington)

ganny - grandmother or any old lady - not derogatory at all: "Mind the way for that Ganny - move out of the way for the old lady" Helen Hemingway (North Shields)

gansey - jumper, pullover. (Seaham per BG)

ganzi - a go, a turn: "give us a ganzi". Philip Oxley (Stanley)

geet - very: "it was geet cold", or "he's geet stupid." Dave Scott, Jarrow 1970s/80s

all gone gee-why - gone wrong. Eve Thornton (Horden)

tak the ghee – get the huff. (South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003)

gissy [hard 'g'] - pig. Amey (Sunderland)

glakey - not reet: "he's a glakey bugger". Harold Johnson, South Shields

gleg - to look at: "gi's a gleg at the photo" Alan Brown re Durham mining villages
gleg - see: "We'll bool over and have a gleg at yer leeks" (Alan Murray, Ferryhill)

glegs - glasses (pair of). (Seaham 2006)

glif - a fright or a shock. Roly Veitch (Winlaton)

gizer - face. e.g. "He's twisting his gizer - pulling a funny/miserable face." Roly Veitch (Winlaton)

gollied - "referring to a bird's egg when you break it open expecting it to have a normal yolk and albumen and find that there is an embryo in some stage therein (anywhere from just starting to develop to being ready to hatch!)" Peter Kendal (Tyneside)

to gorn on - to moan on. 'Still in regular use.' Roly Veitch (Winlaton)

gowk – apple-core but also a fool: "ye daft gowk!" Jack Roddam (Sacriston)

greazer - place in pit where tub wheels automatically got greased: "gan steyady owr the greaser." Wheatley Hill meet, May 2004

Greggs dummy - A sausage roll or other savoury pastry which is given to a child in it's 'buggy' - pushchair.: "That bairn has a gregg's dummy again" Helen Hemingway (North Shields)

gripe - fork: "turn the soil over with a gripe" S. Barratt (Bearpark)

growler - a pork pie. I.J.Redshaw re Darlington

grunge - grunt: "grunging, heavy metal music" (Seaham, 2006)

gulley - carving or bread knife: "I cut my finger on the gulley" (Duncan re Durham)


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haad thee pipe - wait or slow down: "Haad thee pipe, aa cannot waak as fast as thou." Brian McLoughlin, Hebburn

hackyblack - very dirty. Dave King (Newbiggin)
muckle hacky - very dirty. James Quinby (Ashington)

keepa hadd - farewell expression e.g. when passing a marrer at Dawdon pit. Kenn Johnson

haddaway-comeback - trombone: "That lad's canny on the haddaway-comeback." Dave O'Hara (Shildon)
haddawayantiddle... Dan Devlin (Seaham)
haddya whisht - keep quiet: "Haddya whisht woman and stop complaining" David Oliver (Silksworth in Sunderland)
haddaway and loss yersel... Shaw Pendavey from California

half-on - roughly half a cigarrette: "Gi'us half-on, will ye?" B Yule (Durham)

hap - warm coat, cloak:

"At the Westgate came Thornton in
With a hap, and a halfpenny, and a lambskin."
(about Roger Thornton of Newcastle, who prospered to become a lead mine owner in the 15th century)
happed - "we're gonna be happed up" (snowed in) (Hexham C20/2)

hasky - rough and dry: My dad was born 1904, and used to say his hands felt "hasky" when he meant rough and dry. Isabel Adams (Seaham)

hellish - very: "that ket was hellish good" David Holland re Durham 1970s
ellish - fantastic, fabulous: "last night was ellish" Jools Apsinall, Darlington, 2006

hinney - used as a pet name for a child. Jenny Mason (Byers Green)

hinting on a lorry - 'to jump on the tailboard of a moving lorry and ride with it'. Sylvia Waugh (Tyneside 1940s). cf. hike

hockle - to spit. Michael Makepeace (South Shields ; "Who hockled in the sink?" C.Morris, round Peterlee

hogger - airhose; waterhose - "get the hogger out the grass needs watering"; hoggers - "boxer type underpants worn by aarl fyes wurkers except cutters we used te keep their trousers on mind am tarkin here about when aarl the coals cyem off the showlder." George Darby (Co.D'm)

hoit... oit - "My experience with the use of 'oit' was mainly when berating or abusing somebody for doing something silly or clumsy when it would usually be linked with the word 'stupid'" Peter Kendal (Tyneside)

honkers - a stooping position. Brian Davidson (Ashington)

hooley - very windy: "It's blowin a hooley out there" Norman (Seaham)

hotching along - shuffling, like a baby on its bottom (Hexham C20/2)

howk - to pull out: 'He howked me out by the scruff of the neck,or, see if you can howk it out the bottom of the cupboard' Alan Brown re Durham mining villages
'howk' - 1980's washington slang for being able to 'kick some ones head in'... "can yeh howk him?" ... "he was howked by brian"... "i give him a howkin"... Christopher W.

hoy clemmies- [throw stones]. 'widely used in Billingham' B.Forster re C20/mid
'That would be hoying money at it.' Alan Myers (Newc. 2005)
hoyin-skyul - 'gamlin school where pitch and toss was played' Norman Wilson, Newburn


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idle - out of work: 'Are ye working?' 'Na, aam idle' Dave Neville (Tyneside)

impittant - impertinent: "don't be impittant!". Kevin Young (Sacriston 1950s)
impitent - impudent: "That Bairn's impitent fond" Alan Murray (Ferryhill)

itchybacks - 'rosehip bud/seeds which you threw at each other and it made you itch for days' Alan Bowes (Wheatley Hill)

itchy dabber - hopscotch. 'Even as close as Trimdon it is the Durham itchy dabber. The Hartlepool word is itchy-bay.' Vic Wood


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jaloused – "my Aunt would use the word after someone knocking on the door and enterng her house: 'I jaloused it was thoo'" Ivor Lee re Sunnybrow

jarp - "competition on easter day between two paste eggs" Alan Coates (Shildon)
jarped - bashed/banged: "When I fell ower I jarped my wrist" Melanie March (Crook/Willington)

jell - piece of wood: "get us that jell" John Patrickson (Seaham) re C20/mid

jinker - chamber pot. Bill Thomas (Teesside, C20/2)

joogle - dog: "take the joogle for a walk" Nick/Jimmy/Raphael (Hexham)

jowling - 'a means of communicating through the mine particuly after roof falls' (knocking on walls etc). Ivor Lee (Hunwick, B'p Auckland)

jumpy-jack – a jumping cracker (firework) or a here-today-gone-tomorrow sort of person. Bill Lanaster (WInlaton 1950s)

just now - directly, as soon as I can: "A'll fetch a one just now" (Seaham per BG)


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to keep - to carry on: "He's keep watchin'us", "He's keep bawlin" Helen Hemingway (North Shields 1980s)

kelpie - a pony. A.Geggie (Ashington)

kep - to catch: "Kep the ball!", "I kepped the ball" Betty Lindsay (Silksworth)

keps - in context of, "dropping of at the keps (nodding off, feeling tired. After a shift maybe.) You would also kep (catch) a ball" Tom McGee re Brandon

ket - sweets, especially the cheap and nasty kind: "That's not proper chocolate, that's just ket!", "You'll lose yer teeth if you keep eatin' ket" (Horden, Murton 1960s)
kyet - rubbish or unsuitable food to eat. Brian Davidson (Ashington)

kiff - great, fantastic: "that game is kiff (not sure if the word is still in use. It was 40 years ago!Very localised use by children. Think it originated from Boer War...There was a shop in Morpeth called The Muckle Kiff Shop)" V Glass (Morpeth)

kist - wooden chest: in the mines, the deputy had a meeting station where he kept his report books in a large wooden chest called a kist. Bob Brown, Ryhope 1937 - 1974.
kist - tool chest (underground): "The kist is at the bottom of the shaft, where you meet your marrers before going in-bye" Yvonne Shelley (South Hetton)

kizzen'd - burned (while cooking). (Wheatley Hill meet, May 2004)

knack - to hurt considerably: "Ow that knacks". David Simpson (Eaglescliffe near Stockton, C20/2)
knack - to beat someone up: "Arm ganna knack thoo" S. Barratt (Bearpark)
knacked - broken: "yuv knacked me bike" (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)

knowled (pronounced knooled) - under the thumb. Alan Myers (South Shields)

kreibal/kryble – to 'creep, abase oneself': "dinnut ye gan oot thor an kryble ti that lot!" (South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003)


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laced - "the losser in a fight ifin hed come off badly".Geordie Darby

ladge – to embarrass: "ladged to the teeth" (sorely embarrassed), "what a ladgin" (what an embarrassment) Jim Cromarty, Berwick

The Lads - Newcastle united: "Haway the lads - come on; Newcastle United - the lads" Helen Hemingway (North Shields)

larty -        toilet, a children's word, "the school larties". Michael Makepeace (South Shields C20/2)

liftin' - smelly. James Quinby (Ashington)

lisk - groin: my ma-in-law also uses lisk and confuses doctors with it. (Consett)
lisk - groin: "he's ruptured his lisk area" (Cockfield)

loggerheed - (large) moth: "A've been doon the born coppin loggerheeds" - mind your own business i.e. in response to question "Wheor hev yee been?" Ed Bassford (re Benwell 1920s)

lop - a flea: "Thoos got a lop" Betty Lindsay (re Murton)
"Yer like a loppy dog" - you appear to be scratching yourself a lot. Cate Dobson

losser -     something lost, for example a lost ball. "It's a losser!". Michael Makepeace (South Shields C20/2)

low - flame: "a cannel... macks a berra low" Charles Trelogan (New Herrington)

lowp - jump: "he lowped ower the wall" (South Shields)
lowp - [a walk, some exercise]: "I'm ganna tak the dog for a lowp." Ivor Lee (Hunwick, B'p Auckland)

lowse - time to go: "howay lads, rap lowse away" (New York, Shiney Moor 1940s)

lugs - ears: "Bye Jenny the meat's tough as bulls lugs" Ivor Lee (Willington C20/mid)


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maggie – [lamp] "we used to play Jack Shine the Maggie." Jack Roddam (Sacriston)

Mags - Newcastle Utd supportes: "The Mags thanked him and went off down to the Strawberry for a couple of pints" (http://www.the-scum.freeserve.co.uk/page4_sun.htm)

mak-on - pretend: "When we were playing yer cud makon yer were a cowboy an indian owt yer wanted arrl reet" Geroge Darby

mak - make: "how's the makking out?" - Nelson Dunn, Evewood

marler - a scamp (affectionate) Alan Myers (South Shields C20/mid)

Mam - mother. "me Mam" Cate Dobson

marrer - workmate, friend

mawky - miserable, depressing (person, colour scheme, etc.) Vic Wood (Teesside)

mazzled - "The word mazzled (rhymes with dazzled) means all churned up/mixed up in the mind / head in a spin / in a flummox. Used in the context, 'Eeh, Arv'e had a mazzlin day, Ahr din't knar if A'm cumin or gannin', or 'A'm mazzled'." Brian Joslin (re Cockfield, ca.1900)

meg - halfpenny. Harold Johnson (South Shields)

message - an errand, to run a message (also Scots, Liverpool). Michael Makepeace (South Shields C20/2)

mingin' – disgusting, smelly: "it was mingin' e.g. re abandoned Hawthorn shaft at Murton" 2003 per BG

mizzled - confused: "Yer mizzled us" (for misled?) Derek Bell (Bearpark) 1940

moke - donkey: "dead as a merk" (Morpeth 2005 e-mail)

monkey - the ladle of molten steel. 'If I mentioned "Tow Law" my dad would say "The man who fowt the monkey itha dust." (The dust was the sand on the foundry floor to stop the founders legs and leathers getting badly burned.)' Ivor Lee

monkey's blood - raspberry sauce for ice cream: "Please mister, can I have monkey's blood on me cone" (Also dragon's blood for the green sauce whatever that was.) David Holland re Durham 1970s

t'morn's nicht - tomorrow night (J Hicks, Spennymoor)

mort - "mort I picked up, not literally, living in Morpeth and meant girl or lass. It was sometimes qualified by muckle - muckle barry mort!" Dave Davison (2005)

to put the mozz on something - to put the mockers. Vic Wood (Teesside, also used in Australia)

muckle - "meant not only meant 'big', but it could also be used adverbially as an intensifier to mean 'very' or 'really'. This was used instead of 'reet', which was considered more Tyneside." Markus Dow (Seahouses, 1990)

muggles - marbles: "showuz ya bag of muggles" (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)
muggies- marbles Hedley Watson, Ashington

munter - an ugly person, possibly more so female than male. Stuart McQuade (Hartlepool)


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nash or nash off - run away: "Us nashed" (we ran away or I ran away) (http://my.sunderland.ac.uk/web/support/campuswatch/makam?makam)

netty - toilet: "Wee was last in that netty!" S Barratt (Bearpark)
of a thin woman: "straight up and down like a netty door" Harold Johnson (South Shields)

new cake - flat loaf like a 'stotty': "I'm making newcakes the day.. I'll keep y' one." Sylvia Waugh (Tyneside 1940s)

playing the nick - truancy: "Have you been playing the nick from school?" Alan Brown (Horden/Easington 1950's)

nipper - cigarette butt: "Hoo save us yer nipper mister" S. Barratt (Bearpark)

nithered - freezing, very cold: "Eeh I'm nithered". Kenn Johnson re Middlesbrough

nowt - nothing: "ye knaa nowt , ye!" Ram Wallace (Gosforth school ca.1980)

nyen - none (George Darby, Co.Durham)


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ower yonder - it's over there. Roly Veitch (Blaydon)

oxter - armpit: my 81-year old mother-in-law still uses the word, so does ny 55-year old wife. (Consett)
oxter - armpit: "he's got a boil in his oxter" (Cockfield)
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pagged (rhymes with 'badgered') - worn out: "Let's gerra chinky-out I'm fair pagged and cannit be bothered t'cook!" Helen Hemingway (North Shields, 2004)

pallatic - very drunk. "Aaam pallatic." Cate Dobson

panacalty - "potatoes & onions & corned beef in our house - variation on the spelling / pronunciation of pan haggerty" I.J.Redshaw (Blackhall)

pappa - faeces. (Seaton Burn)

parny - to rain. Harold Johnson (South Shields)

patt'n-can - a mess: "get squared up, this place is like a patt-n-can" Gillian Wilkinson (Coundon 1950s)
"Ee, this hoose looks just like a patt'n-can" Mrs Heale (West Stanley 1950s)
"The place looks like a pan-can" Meg Stephenson (North Shields C20/2)

peffy - out of breath (S.W.Durham)

pegged - running fast - "the polis' is cummin let's peg it - The police are coming lets run" Helen Hemingway (North Shields)

pelched - tired, knackered, out of breath: "hl have te rest, am pelched man!" Alan Brown re Durham mining villages

penka - a large glass marble. Jenny Mason (Byers Green)
penka - 'a steel ball-bearing, often quite large' Hedley Watson, Ashington

pet - darling: "Put the bairn in the buggy pet - Put the baby into the pushchair my dear" Helen Hemingway (North Shields)

physic - to loosen the bowels: "them sprouts arlwis physic me like" S. Barratt (Bearpark)

"pick the soft out of" - to take the mickey out of. Michael Makepeace (South Shields C20/2)

pittle - urinate: "he pittled on the back wall" (South Shields)

pittle-le-bed - dandelion. Bill Bowman (Easington Lane)

pit-yack - mining dialect. Phil Cheesman re Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington

pityackers - pitmen. Harold Johnson, South Shields
pityacker - "in Ashington it was normally used as a derogatory term for someone useless." Hedley Watson

plat - face. (Seaham 2006)

plate - dishy, attractive, etc.: "he's a plate" meaning he's dishy. Margaret Ward IDarlington re 1960s)

plit bark - plank: 'I need a plit bark to put over this support' Norman re Dawdon Pit

ploat – to pluck and dress a bird (Sacriston); widely used in Billingham - B.Forster re C20/mid
ploat - to pluck: "Mother always 'ploated' chickens" Harold Johnson, South Shields
ploat - well and truly subject to crime i.e. "the area's been ploated [by burglars]." Ian Colquhoun (Tyneside)
ploat - to inflict great violence upon: "I'll ploat you." Vic Wood (Teesside)
ploat - "not an ordinary punch but a hefty wallop, a great crushing knock-out blow." John Seed (Chester-le-Street)

plodge – to paddle in the sea. Ivor Lee (Hunwick, B'p Auckland)

poach -     to have a wander, as in "I had a good poach around the shops in town today". Michael Makepeace (South Shields C20/2)
spoach - "for 'poach' i.e. having a wander" Hedley Watson, Ashington

pode / poad (variant of pod?) - a little person; any animal small and neat of its kind e.g. used to address a bairn. Vivien Ripley re Borders, C20/mid

"gie us a pog up" (hand up). Fred Short (Seaham)

poke - bag: "by, thoo smell like a poke of devils" (of somebody that has had too much beer/tobacco). Ivor Lee (Willington)

polis - police officer: "Arl send the polis round" S. Barratt (Bearpark)

puffler – man in charge of long wall in mine (Sacriston via Miners Gala 2003)

puggy – [to rob a nest]: if we destroyed a nest we "puggied it" (Sacriston)

pyet - face: "Hoo lad shut thy pyet!" S Barratt (Bearpark) ?=pate


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radge - rage, anger (and) fashion: "me mam'll gan radge man" S Barratt (Bearpark)

ram - "if we left any of the four cinemas that Seaham once boasted and described the film as 'ram!' we meant 'lousy!, boring!, rubbish!'. Les Gorse

rammel - rubbish (originally mine waste): "the boot sale was full of rammel" Terry Hagan (Wheatley Hill)
rammel - copper coins as well as the stone mixed with the coal: "Aa've got a pocket full of rammel" Les Gorse, Deneside, Seaham

ramper - 'I was sweating like a ramper.' Youth in Brandon 2005 via Alan Myers. ("He had no idea why he said it.")

rattly-bags - thunder: "My mother-in-law used to hide under the table: 'Rattly-bags is coming'" Bill Lancaster (Winlaton 1950s)

to rax out - to make an item fit better. Wheatley Hill meet, May 2004

roundy - large piece of coal: "Hoy a big roundy on the fire, son" Alan Brown re Durham mining villages


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Sally Bash - Salvation Army: "Ah gan te the Sunder school at the Sally Bash" Alan Brown re Durham mining villages

sands - the beach: "Aa yes gannin down the sands - are you going to the beach" Helen Hemingway (North Shields)

sark - a one size fits all unisex garment. J.P.Maher (from Chicago)

satched - drenched, saturated: "getting satched" R.E. re Durham Icerink

scenty eddie - said of anyone effeminate; believed to be a comment on Edward VIII when he visited the North-East as Prince of Wales. Bill Lancaster (Winlaton, 1950s)

scotchie - butterfly. (Wheatley Hill meet, May 2004)

scran - "went o pick some scran up..." - implying fast food? (N'd Jul 2004 per BG)

scranchum - odd bits of batter which came off the fish. Harold Johnson, South Shields

scrunchin's - the small waste bits of batter skimmed off at the fish shop: "Can ya hoy some extra scrunchins in Missus?" Alan Brown re East Durham mining villages mid C20

scuddick - small, low-value coin: "not worth a scuddick" Tyne C19. [? seesta/sista - seest thou. seesta/sista - seest thou re Allendale, ca.1950

shabby - confetti/rice seed: "Ahv got a box of shabby to throw at the couple as they come out" Alan Brown (Horden/Easington 1950's)

sharp - quick: "ye're reet, it's sharper that way" (Seaham 2003 per BG)
make sharp -hurry up: "Make sharp. You're late already" Harold Johnson, South Shields

shows - a fair, as in ' the Amble shows' the old Amble Feast, once held in August of each year. Michael Makepeace (South Shields C20/2)

showther - shoulder. (Seaham 2006 per BG)

shuggy - to swing: "a mother wound pick up a child and say come on al give yer a shuggie, and with the child in her arms would swing both elbows side to side which would calm a child down." George Butler (Leeholme/Coundon 1920s/30s)

shuggyboat - a playground/fairground apparatus for two or more persons, swinging back and forth: "Let's see whee can get the highest on the shuggyboats" Alan Brown re Durham mining villages

skeg - a look, glance: "aa've hed a good skeg thru it aal" Helen Hemmingway (North Shields 1980s)

skelp - to smack a young child. Jenny Mason (Byers Green)

skemmie - pigeon, but would be a poor bird, a bird below standard (South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003)

skinchies – crossing your fingers to be safe when playing a game: "I'm not out I've got skinchies" and to take time out in a game i.e. not taking part for a few minutes. Denise Stobie (Horden)

the skitters - looseness of the bowels. Harold Johnson (South Shields)

skumfished - hot, sweaty, sticky, stuffy: "I'm skumfished,open a window" (Seahouses) V Glass

skyull - meaning: (gambling) school: "he lost arl is pay at skyull". S Barratt re Durham area

sleck - mud at a river where tide comes in and out. A Geggie (Ashington)

slog - a drink: "Gis a slog." Roly Veitch (Blaydon)

smits - if somebody has the smits they cannot be touched because they're contagious. Often used for bullying i.e. re invisible bugs: "No I won't sit next to you, you've got the smits." (Dnise Stobie, Horden)

smitol - infectious. (Seaham, 2006 per BG)

snadgie, snagger - see turnip

sneck - nose: "Why man yea canna see past thee sneck end." Ivor Lee (Hunwick, B'p Auckland)

sneck - latch: 'My dad always used to tell me "not to leave the sneck up" when I went to his allotment, i.e., keep the gate securely closed.' Roger Mason (Norton pre-1961)
sneck - door latch: "make sure that door's shut, put the sneck down" Norman (Seaham)

snicket – back road, short cut. John Seed (Chester-le-Street)

skemmy - a feral pigeon. Norman Wilson, Newburn

soor-duckle - an edible plant found in hedgerows or long grass. Michael Makepeace (South Shields C20/2)

spam back - weakling/scared/spineless: "he's frightened to say anything, spam back" Norman (Seaham)

spelk - splinter: "Aa've gorra spelk in me finga" Steve Stephenson (Consett)
spelk - splinter: "spelk in the finger" (J. Hicks, Spennymoor)
spelk - "a sharp sliver of wood that sticks in your finger and really hurts and you have to pull it out with a needle!" JS (Chester-le-Street 1960s

spile - "I think they'll have spiled them" (re posts into ground). Joe Henry (Seaham)

splet - thin wooden plank used when shoring up the roof (in Dawdon Pit): "Pass us a splet" (Peter)

spon - money: "A' hevvent got enough spon fer the next roond" Helen Hemingway (North Shields 1980s)

spoots - "pipe from house tiles [i.e. gutter?] into a barrel at back door." Alan Geggie

spuggy – any small bird (JSeed (Chester-le-Street)
"to take a spuggy's ticket - to climb over a fence to get free view of football/cricket match" Les Gorse (Seaham)
spuggy - sparrow - or small person- lass or lad: "A bonny spuggy - A pretty sparrow or lass"
spuggy - a bird; "we went looking for spuggy's nests" Bob Brown, Ryhope 1937 - 1974
spuggy meeting - spiritualists' session. Dick Irwin 1981

squirly - wrong, haywire: "ma computer's gone aal squirly" Helen Hemmingway re Seaham

starved - very cold: "My grandma (born High Spen 1891) always said she was 'starvin' when she was very cold, but this sounded quaint to us..." Alan Walker re Tynemouth 1950s

steelies - marbles (South Shields)

stickyjacks - 'a stalk of a green weed that used to cling to your clothes when thrown , felt sticky in your hands'. Alan Bowes (Wheatley Hill)

stife - "equals a fog in the air e.g. By, it's stifie in here" Pete Greig (Hartlepool)
stife – 'my mother said stithe' (Horden)

stinkers - starlings. Vic Wood (Teesside)

stithe – [steam, etc.]: "the kitchen was full of stithe." Jack Roddam (Sacriston)

stythe (hard th) - gas, methane. (South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003)

stocks - bedframe: "A'm tired out, A'm off to the bedstocks/stocks." / "It's time you were in the stocks." Brian Joslin (re Cockfield, ca.1900, not used Houghton, Bishop Auckland 1940s)

stonkered - puzzled: "Can ya fix it? Nah,It's got me stonkered!" Alan Brown re Durham mining villages

stot - bounce. (Seaham per BG)
stottin down- raining heavily: "mind it's stottin down out there" S. Barratt (Bearpark)
"Aa'll stot thee" - give a beating. (Seaham per BG)

stowed off – fed up. (South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003)
stowed off - crowded. (Wheatley Hill meet, May 2004)
stowed or stowed out - full (http://my.sunderland.ac.uk/web/support/campuswatch/makam?makam)

strand-loopers - beach combers (Saltburn 1974)

strow - mess: "What a strow!" Meg Stephenson (North Shields C20/2)

summick - something. Helen Hemmingway (North Shields, 1980s)


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tab - cigarette: "Aav got nee tabs left man" S Barratt (Bearpark)

tchetties – [potatoes] "the tchetties set on [to boil]" Jack Roddam (Sacriston)

tew on – to bother on or struggle on. Jack Roddam (Sacriston) - see also CHEW

thine - yours: "That's not thine!" S. Barratt (Bearpark)

thon - that over there: "Thon lass is canny lookin'". Harold Johnson, South Shields

thoo - you: "what's thoo got?" Betty Lindsay (Silksworth)

touchywood burner - "a small clay hollowed out box approximately a 3" cube. Two side holes for string. One hole through to the bottom of the bowl. It was fired up on the beach using drift wood until it was baked. Tiny pieces of driftwood were then fired in the bowl and the lot was swung around at arms length. The touchywood burner became white hot and kept you warm while on the beach" Cate Dobson:

trashed - worn out: "aam trashed". (G'head 2003)

tuffys – breed buns, George Darby (Co.D'm)

tuggy - "the game was called Tuggy. It was only if you went to grammar school it was called 'Tiggy'." Dave Douglass

re TURNIP:

tonnup or snashie. Bill Weightman (Middle Herrington,C20/mid)
snadgie, - turnip. Harold Johnson, South Shields
snagger - turnip: "There's nowt nicer than raw snagger" (Alan Brown, Horden/Easington 1950's)
snagger - South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003
nasher (because animals gnash it) Stuart McClaren (re Houghton/Penshaw)
snadger - Birtley via South Moor (Stanley) meet, Jun 2003
tungie - Hartlepool. 'tungie-snackin' Middlesbrough via Vic Wood
tunjie - Wheatley Hill meet, May 2004
towsing - a beating, or a hard day's work: !Ah caight him breaking into me shed and give him a right towsing", "I had a right towsing the day at work" John re Pitmatic

tudder way - backwards: "Tudhoe - where the craas fly backwards" (Yes, they fly "tudder way").  Les Gorse, Deneside, Seaham re C20/mid

tussy-pegs - teeth. Frederick Short (Hartlepool)

twang - accent: "he had a broad twang" S.Barratt (Bearpark)

twank - to smack: “If you don't behave I'll twank your bottom'” Harold Johnson, South Shields

twanky man or woman - the person who checks that your not skivin' school. No further data

twist - "full o twist becos he'd just woken up" i.e. irritable; "stop twistin'!" (S'm 2004-5 via BG)

twitchybell - earwig. Bill Bowman (Easington Lane)

tyum, or tchum, - empty. Empty pit tub: any tchum'ns down there? Also I'm tchum (hungry). Tom McGee re Sherburn Hill


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varnigh - very nearly: 'I var nigh missed the bus' Mel Skelton (Tyneside)

vision – television. Ivor Lee (Hunwick, B'p Auckland)


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wah/wuh - our/we (Ashington)

wee - who: "Wee ya tarkin to?" S Barratt (Bearpark)

whisht! - "My grandmother used whisht if one of her grandchildren hurt themselves and were crying" Allan Scorer

windy - pneumatic pick: "I'll use the windy to break this stone" Norman re Dawdon Pit

wooden heed - thick, not very bright or brainy: "Hey wooden heed, come here. What der-ya think this is?" Rex Thompson (Shildon)

workie or workie-ticket - a troublemaker, awkward customer. Michael Makepeace (South Shields C20/2)

wowl (sounds like foul) - cry: "he's a bit wowly" (of babies only); "stop wowling" (re small children). Coxhoe

get wrang - get into trouble: "If yer divvent dee yer hermwerk yer get wrang off the teacher" Neil Adamson (Sunderland 1960s)


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aard yakka - former miner. George Darby (Co.D'm)

yacker - a labourer - but this [word] was less frequent. Roger Mason (Norton pre-1961)

yammering - constant chatter. Jenny Mason (Byers Green)

yas - you (pl): "Aal see yas sat'de - I'll see you (pl) on saturday" Helen Hemingway (North Shields)

yatter - "listen to that lot yattering" re children talking. (S'm 1950s via GP)

yem - "How-way, let's gan y'em" (come on, let's go home) Ada Godfrey, Jarrow 1950s
yarm - home: "is the gannin yarm?" Linda Oxnard (Hetton-le-Hole)

yestee cake - "flattish roundish bread, dinner plate size, a bit like italian Focaccia or so i thought the first time i tried it. (focaccia that is...) made on saturdays in washington from the 70's to present day by my auntie peggy. i shall approach my mother for production specifics... " Christopher W.

yoke - to hit or beat up: "Yer ganna get yoked" S Barratt (Bearpark)

yon - [that over there]: "See yon, fat as a bladder o lard." Ivor Lee (Hunwick, B'p Auckland)

yuck – [to throw, hoy]: "yuck uz that hammer ower" / "we got yucked owt o the pub last neet." Jack Roddam (Sacriston)
"yuck a beut" Dan Devlin, Seaham



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