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TODD'S GEORDIE WORDS & PHRASES, 1977

Extracts from Todd's Geordie Words and Phrases, "a refresher course for lapsed Geordies" by George Todd (Newcastle, 1977)

Aa - I
aad - old
aaful - awful
aalreet - O.K.
aan - own
afear'd - afraid
afore - before
agyen - again(st)
ahaad - hold
aheyte - in the air
ahint - behind
airms - arm
alang - along
argie - argue
arly - early
arn - earn
atween - between
ax - ask

bairn - child
bait - food
bargie - claim
barry - bury
bat - a blow
Begox - by God
bide - wait
biv - by
blaa - breath
blackclock - cockroach
blogged - blocked
body - person
bogie - barrow
bone - ask
bonny - pretty
bord - bird
bowk - to belch
bowld - bold
bowt - bought
bray - thrash
breed - bread
breeks - trousers
brickfist - breakfast
brokken - broken
babble - to cry
bullet - a sweet
bummlor - bee
byek - bake
byeth - both
byut - boot

caad - cold
caase - cause
cakky - excrement
canna - can't
canny - ....
champion - good chare- alley
chimli - chimney
chowk - choke
clag - to hit
claggy - sticky
clarts - mud
clarty - muddy
clash (the door) - slam
clivvor - clever
coin (coin ott the way) - turn
coo - cow
cottrils - money cowp - to spill
cowp - to swop
crackett - stool
cuddy - horse
cyuk - cook

daad - a blow
dee - do
demmed - full up
div Aa - do I
divvin - do not
Dode - George
doon-bye - down there
dor - dare
dorna - I daren't
dorsent - he daren't
dowter - daughter
dozzent - stupid
draa - draw
droonded - drowned
droothy - thristy
dunsh - crash
Aa've dyun - I've done

eftor -after
ettle - to plan to, expect
elwis -always
enyuf - enough

fadge - stotty
fairin - a present
fash - trouble
femmur - fragile
fettle - condition, mood
fleein - flying
floo-ors - flowers
foisty - dampy, musty
forebye thon - as well as that
forkytail - earwig
fornenst - against, into
fower - four
frae - from
frozzin - frozen
funnin' - joking
fyessy - cheeky
fyul - fool

gaak - stare
gadgie - old man
gaffe - cinema
gallowa - horse
gan - go
gannon whey - go on then
geet - great
Geordie - George
gettin - got (p.p.)
gi's - give us
gissie - pig
glaky - slow-witted
gliff - a fright
glower - glare
gork - apple core
grafflin' - searching
gripe - fork (tool)
guisors - disguised revellers
gully - large knife
gyen - gone
Gyetsid - Gateshead

haad - to hold haaf - half
haak - pull
hacky - dirty
hae - have
hard - heard
heed - head
heor - here
he's - his
he'ssell - himself
hing - to hang
hintend - backside
hit - it
hoo - how
hoose - house
hor - her
horsell - herself how! - hey!
howk - belabour, beat
howld - hold
hoy - throw
hump - carry
hyem - home

intiv it - into it
iv a - in a
ivvor - ever

Jonty - John

keek - look
ken - know
knaa - know
kep - catch
kittle - tickle
krutt - head
kyek - cake
kyel - broth

lace - lash, thrash
lang - long
larn - teach
lassie - girl
let - alighted
lop - flea
lowe - light
lowp - jump

mair - more
mar, marra - friend
mast - brewed
meg - halfpenny
mek - make
mell - sledgehammer
mesell - myself
mevvies - maybe
mind - remember
a now - a moment
myest - most

naack - no
neb - nose
nee - no (adj)
neet - night
nettie -
Newcassel - Newcastle
noo - now
noo then - hello
nowt - nothing
nyeck'd - naked
myed on - made of

ony - any
oor - hour
oppen - open
owld - old
owt - anything

pay - to beat, to win
pittle - to pee
ploat - to pluck
pluff - to spit
pollis - cop
postin' - hurrying

raa - lane
reed - red
reet - right
rive - tear
rolly - lorry
rowl - roll

sair - sore
sands- the beach
scrush - crush
see - so
selt - sold
shift - shirt
shoot - shout
skeets - boots
skyul - school
slop - a cop
smaa - small
snammy - turnip
sneck - latch, nose
snoot - snout, nose
spelk - splinter, etc.
spuggy - sparrow
squitts - quits
stob - post
stott - bounce
stottie-kyek -
summick - something
syun - soon

taad - told
tab - cigarette
tee - too
tettie - potato
theor's - there is
thon - that
thon's - that is
thor - their
thor - they are
thorsells - themselves
thowt - thought
ti - to tiv - to
towld - told
tret - treated
twank - bang
tyek - take
tyun - taken; tune

varnigh - nearly
varry - very

waad - would
waal - wall
warse - worse
weel - well
whey,... - well,...
we - us
wettor - wider
whee's - who is
wi - we / us / with
willicks - winkles
winna, winnit - will not
wor - we're / our
wor aboot paid - we're about exhausted
wrang - wrong

yammer - whine
yark - sharp blow
yee - you
yel - ale
yett - gate