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HARTLEPOOL 1980s per PETER GRIEG
Sent in in reaction to a general questionnaire in 1998, with additional words and phrases . Italics signifies words understood but not used by the speaker.
bad - unwell: "Ee, I was dead bad last night"
barm - yeast: "also you can be a 'barm-pot' - an idiot"
boff - to fart (used at school)
bussie - "busfare or ticket"
but e.g in phrase "cauld getting, but"
call - "to call someone is to speak ill of them"
cadge - "only in the verb 'to cadge' to borrow, e.g. 'I've come cadging'"
Carlings - "those brown peas you get on Carling Sunday (e.g. on the bar in old-fashioned pubs)"
chew/tew - "stop chewing me about" (stop messing me about); "'too much chew' - too much of a carry-on to do something; "chewy – an adjective for a task difficult to perform"
chucky - hen: "only in chucky-egg"
claggy - sticky: "you yourself can be claggy, or 'all clagged up'"
click - "'mind you don't click your jumper' i.e. catch it on someting (like barbed wire, say). The 'click' itself would be the loose loop of wool that the wire would pull out"
cushtie-chock - "excellent" re D'm City, C20/2
dithery-docks - "a particular species of grass with quaking seeds"
doubt - [expect]: "clear dividing line between me and my mother - we live in the same house and she'd use it naturally, but I wouldn't dream of it - it confuses me!"
dut - "woolly cap"
ebs - "when I was at school, we called sweets 'ebs'"
femmer - "wouldn't be applied to persons, but to things - 'ricketty, frail, unable to bear weight or pressure'"
galloway (pit pony)
get - "cauld getting, but"
gissy - only in gissy-pig, a gluttonous person
good (adv) - "My! you did that good"
hellish - "we said 'hellish' at school, always with the accent on 'ish'"
ignorant - "without care or consideration for other people or things"
lop - flea: "only 'fit as a lop'" , D'ton C20/mid
mafted - "overcome by heat and/or lack of air"
meg - to spit: "he's megging at us" PG H'pool 1998
midnight maunderer - if you're up and busy early in themorning when everyone else is abed (esp. if you wake them up)
'Pace', only in 'Pace-eggs' - "eggs dyed and marbled brown for Easter with onion skins"
plort - "plort - to punch or thump" PG H'pool 1998
poss - to wash: "only if you're possing them in a poss-tub"
pump - to fart, see also boff
rasp - raspberry
rive - violently wriggling or squirming about: e.g. in bed, "stop riving about, will you?"
sapping - "sopping wet"
shot - "shot it over here will you?" as commoner than 'hoy'
shuggy - "only in compound 'shuggy-boats' - those big boat-like swings that a number of people can get in that you get at old-fashioned fairgrounds"
smit - "more precisely 'the smit' e.g. the 'flu - but, yes, it's any infection: 'he's got the smit'"
stife - "a fug in the air I always associate with frying chips - 'stife' would be coming from the pan"
stifey - "frying chips...the room would be 'stifey': 'By, it's stifie in here!'"
stowed out - crowded
tadger - penis
"yarp - to yammer on"
yem - home