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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.

afeared
alleys
aye
back-end
bad - unwell: "Ee, I was dead bad last night"
bairn
bait
bank (hill)
barm - yeast: "also you can be a 'barm-pot' - an idiot"
bat
beck
belang
blackclock
blackie
blather
bleb
boff - to fart (used at school)
bray
bullets
burn
bussie - "busfare or ticket"
but e.g in phrase "cauld getting, but"
butterloggie
byre
cack
canny
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)"
chawvor
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"
clag
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"
clarts
clarty
cleg
clivvor (healthy)
cobble
crack (talk)
creel
cushy-cow
cushtie-chock - "excellent" re D'm City, C20/2
daft
dene
dinaa
dinnot
divvent
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!"
duds
dunch
dut - "woolly cap"
ebs - "when I was at school, we called sweets 'ebs'"
fadge
fash
femmer - "wouldn't be applied to persons, but to things - 'ricketty, frail, unable to bear weight or pressure'"
fettle
flutter-by
foisty
fond
footy
fratchy
gadgie
galloway (pit pony)
gan
gansey
get - "cauld getting, but"
gissy - only in gissy-pig, a gluttonous person

gob
good (adv) - "My! you did that good"
hacky
haud
haws
hellish - "we said 'hellish' at school, always with the accent on 'ish'"
hinny
hoy
ignorant - "without care or consideration for other people or things"
ket
lonnin
lop - flea: "only 'fit as a lop'" , D'ton C20/mid
lowp
lug
mafted - "overcome by heat and/or lack of air"
maggie
marra
mash
meg - to spit: "he's megging at us" PG H'pool 1998
midden (rubbish-heap)
midnight maunderer - if you're up and busy early in themorning when everyone else is abed (esp. if you wake them up)
oxter
'Pace', only in 'Pace-eggs' - "eggs dyed and marbled brown for Easter with onion skins"
plodge
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"
slippy
smit - "more precisely 'the smit' e.g. the 'flu - but, yes, it's any infection: 'he's got the smit'"
sneck
spelk
spuggie
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!'"
stottie
stowed out - crowded
tabs
taties
tadger - penis
tiggy
willik
"yarp - to yammer on"
yem - home