Durham & Tyneside Dialect Group / Word Lists / Peter Kendal
Peter Kendal - Bishop Auckland mid 20th century
Most of the words and points are recalled from my boyhood in the 1940's and 50's in the Bishop Auckland area. I also had other influences:- (a) my Dad's family came from the Hetton-Le-Hole area, (b) My wife came from the Rainton and Langley Moor areas, (c) My father-in-law came originally from the Consett area, (d) My sister-in-law married into a family from the Sunderland area, (e) My mother came from the Bridlington area.
"Blings" was usually said as a claim to perform the action of having one's own muggle right up close to your opponent's and firing it so that your opponent's muggle goes a good distance away while your's goes a much smaller distance, (ideally it stays in the same position.).Netty Refers to any lavvy, inside or outside.
Noled Held down or held back. Severely restricted.
Oit than Hoit.
Pit heap The main pile of waste stone and similar refuse for the pit.
Swapy Curved, bow-legged.
Tackets Boot nails to take the hard wear.
Therecklies Plural form.
Twilt To deliver a light blow or flick.
Vernigh than Varnigh.
Warwick was the name of an extra strong support or pushing beam used in a pit for various purposes. Occasionally it had the same meaning as "fullick" a strong blow.
Wheesht' would usually be sounded with a long 'ee' sound rather than the shorter 'i' sound of 'whisht'.
Winderman The man in charge of raising, lowering, and controlling the cage at the pit. (A surface job.).
Winnet Faeces that one is having a problem in getting rid of.
PHRASES and SAYINGS:
1.At Tursdale colliery (mid-Durham) there was an igneous rock intrusion (the Whin Sill) through the underground road for many yards at one place. The quality of this igneous rock meant that there was no need to support the roof against falling. Apart from a few roof bolts there were no timbers or steel roof supports. Many people (including me!) were never really happy under that roof, but many others used (and believed in) the common (and rather fatalistic) saying "It'll not fall. There's nowt to stop it.". Incidentally the road through this intrusion led to a district well-known for being the worst in that pit for a bad roof, wet workings, and twisted seams. Naturally this district was known as "Paradise"!.
2. If somebody was late their frequent excuse was that they had "slept the caller". I can remember the colliery house with a slate by the front door on which would be chalked the time that the occupant was to be woken for his shift start by the caller armed with his pole to rap on the upstairs bedroom window as a wake-up call.
3. In Bishop Auckland we would never have said "Our Mam". It was definitely "Me Mam" or "Me Dad". or perhaps "Me Da".
4. "Mak's nee hoy" 'It makes no difference' or 'It does not matter'. .
5. Aa've seen more life in me shirt. - My father-in-law commenting on somebody. I think this came from his days as an infantry corporal in the trenches in WW1. Expressing amazement or disbelief Aa'll eat hay with the cuddy..
6. Expressing doubts or lack of belief in a person's knowledge He doesn't know shite from clay.. I believe this came from the pit when a new worker would be given material to tamp an explosive charge. Normally a lump of clay would be used but a new lad or one of limited intelligence would be given a lump of feces to do the job with!
7. Exclamation of surprise or exasperation Ye boys o' Hetton!.
8. Twichbell - Description of how to make a peashooter. I can remember picking a dry cow parsley stalk thinking that I wouldn't have to clean the inside pith out to use it. That was fine until I blew it and several twitchbells shot out of it. I dropped it hurriedly, spat several times to clear my mouth out, and never used a peashooter again!
9. Metantatipi - One lad put down Metantatipi which baffled his non-Geordie teacher. When asked what he meant the lad said, Why sorr it's Meat and Tatie Pie!.