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NEW HERRINGTON 1950s

This word list was supplied by a member of the DTDG, now retired and living in Sunderland, recalling hte usage in the New Herrington area, west of Sunderland, in the 1950s.

afore - before
glass alley - marble
ahint - behind
arm - I am
arm aal ahu - flustered / confused
arz - I am
axed - asked
aye - yes

backy - tobacco
barks - baulks / beams (rough or dressed timber used as horizontal supports)
bat - light fist blow
benja - straw hat
blare - cry
bleb - blister
bogey - small coal truck
boody - broken china
bowlby - bowler hat
braffen - bridle
braying - thrashing
britchers - trousers
brock'n - broken
broutt'ns - up-bringing
bummelers - bees
buttalowies - butterflies
bye - waste ground e.g. adjacent to work site, and used for spillage or storage
bye-tha - beside you

canna - cannot
cannel - candle
canny - nice
casey - bladder and leather case ball
chep - man
chimla - chimney
giz a chow - gove me a chew of tobacco
chucky-hen - call used when hand-feeding and spreading seed for free-range hens
clack - epiglottis, back of throat
gorra dry clack - is thirsty
clag - stick
clag th' one - hit you
claise - clothes
clammen - dying for a drink
clar-hammer jacket - tails
clarking job - office work
clarts - mud
clout - damp cloth for wiping up
cockly - feeling sick
coin - go round corner
cossy - bathing costume
cowp'd - fall over
cowp'd his boilly - vomited
cowp me creels - headover heels
cowp - swop
cracket - small, low wood seat
cree - wood structure to house pigs, hens, tools, etc.
cuddy wifter - left handed
cundy - culvert / drain
cushies / coos - cows
 
da - dad / father
deeing - doing
dickers - ditches
dilly - sloping area
dor - dare
dorsent - dare not
dottle - remains of tobasso in bottom of pipe
duck was off - out of luck
dumpers - discarded butts of cigarettes
dunch - bump
 
'e - he
etlin - thinking
 
fatha / faitha - father
femma - a bit off colour / frail
flatty - flat stone
flee - fly (kite) / run very fast
arz fost - I'm first
fower - four
freninst - in front of
frozzen - frozen
 
gallasers - braces
gallowa - horse
gam - game
gan - go
gannin - going
ganna - going to
ganzi - pullover / dress
tack the ghee - get upset / unco-operative
gi' - give
gissy - pig
givower - stop it
givvus - gave me
gizza / girris - give me
glee - squint-eyed
gob - mouth
gowk - apple core
granny - enjoyment / goodness -"'e took arl th' granny off so th' was nowt left"
gripe - garden fork
grit - great
 
habye - stand aside
haddaway - go away
haway - come on / let's go
het - hot
hev - have
hez - have you
hills an' howks - rolling or undulating surface
hingin' - hanging
hinny - honey (term of affection)
hitch - hop on one leg
hogger - hose (water)
hor - her
howck'n - good hiding
howkin - pulling / digging out
hoy - throw
tack th' huff - sulk
hyam - home
 
ight - eight
iliven - eleven
injuns - steam engines
'is - his
ivery - every
 
jarp - knock together
joggle - wobble / oscillate  
kep - catch (cricket)
ket - poor quality food /sweets
King Dick - fictitious rich man
kist - chest (wooden)
 
lass - female
linens - long winter underwear
set th' lip up - become verbally aggressive
lonnen - lane
lop - lice
loppy - lowzy
low - light (from a match)
lowp - leap
lowssen - loosen
lucka - look / look at
lug - ear
 
mack - make
mar - mother
mare - more
marra - workmate
mebee - maybe
mi - my
midden / netty - toilet and ash deposit
midden men - those who with horses and carts cleared ash closets
middlin to fair - below par
the morn - tomorrow morning
muck - manure
muffler - scarf
 
neb - nose
nee - no
neebody - no one / nobody
nevvy - nephew
nian - none
nor - no
nowt - nothing
 
o' - of / or
oot - out
ower - over
 
palatic - very, very drunk
Paste egg - hard-boiled egg
pet - term of affection
photeens tuck - photos taken
pickly - particularly
pinny - pinafore
pittlin' - pouring (rain)
pittly beds - dandelions
plodge - wade
poke - sack
pollis - policeman
pot penker - large earthenware marble
pow'd - out of breath / had enough
 
red arsty - red back bee
reet - right
rivven / rovven - torn
rolly - lorry
 
sandies - sandshoes
scaddin het - scalding hot
scoitin - shooting / spraying water
scrunch - squeeze
see thee - see you again
seed - saw (sight)
seesfied - satisfied
selt - sold
slee - sly
smit - infection
snadgers - turnips
sneck - door latch
spelks - splinters
spuggies - sparrows
stainshell - stanchion, upright of door frame
stot - bounce
summit - something
 
tab - cigarette
tairry tout - creosote impregnated coarse rope
taitties - potatoes
tarrar - cheerio
th' - you
th's - you are
thy - your
tig - touch
little tinker - pleasant comment about a child
tirrit - to it
tivvus - to me
trow - trough
tuggying - taking eggs from birds' bests
tummel - tumble
 
vair nigh - very near
vine - pencil
 
warn'd th' will - warrant you will
wee - who
whin - gorse
whisht - hold your voice
wick - thick covering, a lot of
windy eggs - no yoke
winnit - would not / won't
wor / w' - our
wracks - twist
get wrong - rebuked / chastised
 
yacca - rough pitman
yis - yes
 
zattly - exactly