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NORTH SHIELDS 2004

Responses to our online forms from Helen Hemingway of North Shields - a mix of core dialect, new local and national terms

'Am - I am - Always used for I am: "'am gaan oot- I'm going out"
As - I was - Always used for I was: "as just thinkin' - I was just thinking..."
Ayet - eight - counting: "wan... toowh... three... fower... five... six... seven... ayet... nine... ten- 12345678910"
Bairn - Child: "Put the bairn in the buggy pet - Put the baby into the pushchair my dear"
Buggy - 'buggy' - pushchair: "Put the bairn in the buggy pet - Put the baby into the pushchair my dear"
Bullets - Hard boiled sweets: "Gis a bullet - give me a sweet"
Byker tea-cake - head butt: "He stuck on the Byker teacake - he headbutted him"
Canny - nice, good: "That cost a canny wad - that cost a good roll of notes"
Clarty - Muddy or sticky: "Me trainers is aal clarty - My training shoes are full of mud"
Dia - Diabolical - used freq in place of really 'bad': "Whey that's dia news- well that is really bad news"
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"
Garn - going: "'am gaan oot- I'm going out"
Geet - very: "a geet/git big fish" - fisher talk
Gis - Give: "Gis a bullet - give me a sweet"
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"
Haway - Come on: "Haway the lads - come on; Newcastle United- the lads"
Hoy - Throw: "Hoy us a bit a' ya stottie - throw me a piece of your Stottie cake"
Kowpped - falling down or knocked over - even died: "wheez kowped tha kreel - who has knocked over the fish basket. Also used for 'falling over' "Shez kowped a' kreels" - fisher talk
Kreel - fish basket: "wheez kowped tha kreel - who has knocked over the fish basket. Also used for 'falling over' "Shez kowped a' kreels" - fisher talk
The Lads - Newcastle united: "Haway the lads - come on; Newcastle United - the lads"
Laughing tackle - mouth - usually referred to when eating: "Get ya laughing tackle 'roond that - get a large bite of that"
The Leazers - The Leazers park end of Newcastle united football ground - the stand: "I'm in the Leazers - I'm in the stand"
Mind the way - Move out of the way: "Mind the way for that Ganny - move out of the way for the old lady"
Oot - out: "'am gaan oot- I'm going out"
Pegged - Running fast - "the polis' is cummin let's peg it - The police are coming lets run"
Pegged it - Died: "Whey Annie's gon an pegged it - Annie has died"
Pet - Darling: "Put the bairn in the buggy pet - Put the baby into the pushchair my dear"
Sands - the beach: "Aa yes gannin down the sands - are you going to the beach"
Sat'de - Saturday: "Aal see yas sat'de - I'll see you (pl) on saturday"
Spuggy - Sparrow - or small person- lass or lad: "A bonny spuggy - A pretty sparrow or lass"
Stottie - Stottie cake is a flat oven bottomed bread cake: "Hoy us a bit a' ya stottie - throw me a piece of your Stottie cake"
Tackle - 1.Male genetalia - 2.any assortment of objects: "1. I'm just scratching me tackle; 2. That's a canny box a' tackle - box of things"
Trainers - training shoes: "Me trainers is aal clarty - My training shoes are full of mud"
Well-stacked - Good figure: "Shez well-stacked - she has a good figure"
Yas - You (pl): "Aal see yas sat'de - I'll see you (pl) on saturday"