Durham & Tyneside Dialect Group / Word Lists / Cockfield C20/2


Words from "my childhood and adolescence growing up in the mining village of Cockfield, CO.Durham." Compiled by Harry Peart.

Allies: glass allies - glass marbles. (See benders)
Ambulance: The colliery alone had ambulances for injured miners and family members. (See Fever Van)

Bait - Packed lunch. Bait tin.
Barmpot - daft, idiot,
Benders - Ball bearings used in marbles.
Bleeser - Blazer, A sheet of steel held up at the fire to force a draft up the chimney.
Boody - pieces of broken crockery to put down around the hen crees.
Booler - A iron hoop or old bicycle wheel rim for bowling along.
Bray - To hit or smack a child.
Bully beshers - A kind of fish in the local streams.

Cack: Cack-handed - awkward, clumsy, left handed. Also a crude word for excreta.
Cheffoneer - A piece of furniture (Chest of drawers and a cupboard) that often held a feather mattress. From the French Chiffonier.
Chitlins - intestines from chickens etc.
Chollops - Cheeks or jowls.
Chapped - Sore skin from the winter cold and snows. (See Snowfire)
Chuck - To throw.
Clarty - Muddy.
Claw hammer coat - Long tailed coat worn by the undertaker.
Clemmy - A stone for throwing. (Hoying a clemmy)
Clink - Prison or jail.
Cloggy patten - The snow building up on clog soles. [note: both clog and patten are words for a wooden-soled shoe - BG]
Claggy - Sticky.
Clootie - Clootie dumpling. [note: boiled in a cloth - BG]
Clout - to be hit, or any kind of old cloth.
Cohope - Call to bring in the horses.
Consumption - TB, tuberculosis. Galloping consumption; Severe rapid progress TB, medical name, Miliary Tuberculosis.
Cowp yu creels - To turn head over heels on the ground. 'Forward roll'
Crackett - A small stool.
Cushope - A call to bring in the cows.
Cuddy wifter - Left hander; also the name for a donkey.

Dabber - Piece of slate or object to use in the game of Hitchy Bays.
Dither - to shake/shiver. To mess about, to waste time.

The Fever - Usually Scarlet fever. The fever hospital (Isolation hospital) and fever van.
Fever van - The vehicle (ambulance) for taking infectious patients to fever hospitals.
Flem - Mucous/sputum coughed up
Four eyes - Anyone wearing spectacles.

Galawa - A horse often a pit pony. From Galloway.
Glishy - bright sunlight especially after rain.
Gobbler - Turkey.
Goosegog - Gooseberry. also someone getting in the way of courting couples.
Guiss Guiss - A call to bring in the pigs.
Gumboil - Tooth abscess.
Gurn - to pull a face (plus Gurning competitions)
Gyat - Gate.

Hitchy Bays - Hopping game in & out of marked bays, usually square.
Hoggers (Pit hoggers) - three-quarter length trousers for working down the mine
Hoy - To throw.

Jarping - To hit hard boiled eggs together to see which one broke.
Jessie: A right Jessie - soft, girlish, etc.
Jim Crow: Look out man for miners playing Pitch & Toss.

Keppers - Plus fours, Crudely called 'Shit kepers'
Ket - anything cheap and nasty particularly sweets.
Kitty catcher - Kiddy catcher, truancy officer. (Always around); Lop a Kitty: Boys game, a type of leap frog.

Lame: a canny lame - to have a good enough injury to warrant compensation.
Last - A cast iron device for repairing shoes on.
Left footer - Catholic.
Lisk - the groin area. Site of ruptures.
Lonnen - country lane.
Loppy - flea ridden.

Means test man - Most feared and hated man inn the village. (Lots of nick names for him)

Nocky nine door - Knocking at doors and running away.
Nithered, Nitheration - Very cold.
Niver in creation - Never in this world.

Oxter - Armpit.

Paste or Pace eggs - Hard boiled eggs that were rolled down a hill at Easter time. Usually had been dyed by onion skins or decorated.
Peffy - Breathless, hard to breathe.
Pittle - to pass urine. Pittly bed, a dandelion, or a bed wetter.
Pitch & Toss - Miners gambling game throwing up two pennies.
Plodge - To paddle in the water.
Poss, Poss stick - To poss the clothes in a tub with a poss stick.
Proddy, Proggy - a mat made from strips of cloth pushed through a Hessian backing. Sometimes a label for Protestants, Methodists.
Puddens - Internal organs. 'Its puddens were hanging out'
Pump - to place the flat hand under the armpit and make a sound by pumping the arm up and down against the flat hand and chest wall. Or to pass wind, (fart)

Sally Army, Sally bash - Sallies; The Salvation Army.
Scuttle - Coal scuttle to carry and store coal in for the fire.
Shaky down - an improvised bed on the floor
Shows - The shows; A fairground.
Shuggy boats - Fairground swing boats, where 2 people sat opposite and pulled on ropes.
Skitters - To have loose stools, mainly applied to cattle but also to a severe bout of diarrhoea.
Slavver - To dribble or slaver from the mouth.
Snaggers - turnips. (Go snagging turnips, to chop off the leaves)
Snicket - narrow passage between houses.
Snotty, Snotty nosed - Running nose, but also 'stuck up' (Snooty)
Snowfire - A solid block of ointment that was warmed by the fire then applied to chapped areas.
Splather - To spread stuff around untidily.
Spuggy - Sparrow.
Stane, Stuane - stone.
Stotter - the small piece of rubber inside a rubber ball. Or an overactive child.

Tanner - Sixpence. (Fish eye the name for the original sixpence)
Tiggy - Game of tag or hide and seek.
Tip cat - Village game hitting a cat (a pointed piece of wood) with a stick. A little like knur & spell.
Towser - The willy or penis.
Tin tacks - Any kind of small nails.

Yest - Yeast used for baking. Yeast bags were often sewn in pitman's jackets to carry 'log ends' home to chop up for sticks

man's jackets to carry 'log ends' home to chop up for sticks