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A word list compiled from Sylvia Sherry's book for children A Pair of Desert-Wellies (1985, New Windmill Series, 1986), in which the speech is local and idiomatic. Included here to show divergence from North-East in many common terms - with the exceptions of 'tara' and 'yous'...

batter - beat: "...or I'll batter you" p.54
belt - hit: "when Joey belted Flanagan" p.54
belt up - shut up: "Belt up, Nabber!" p.49
but - at end of sentence ('...though/then'): "What we're supposed ter wave for, but?" p.7; "We knew he was goin' last night but." p.8; "Nowhere to go, but" p.93
butty - sandwich: "another jam butty" p.31; "a streaky bacon butty" p.162
chippy - chipshop: "I was just on my way ter the chippy, see." p.16
clarified - cleared: "the scuffer clarified me - didn't they?" p.140
clatted - informed: "who'd clatted?" p.142; "My mam wouldn't clat.. she's not a clatter" p.142; "the old woman...had clatted on him to the scuffers" p.149
coddin' - kidding, deceiving: "Dey're coddin' yer!" p.49
conny - condensed milk: "There's no milk... There's only conny" p.27; "'Cow-juice,' said Beady, putting down a tine of conny" p.48
der - there: "Der's no witches" p.34
deri - den, hideout: "This is someone else's deri" p.60, sim p.59
desert-wellies - "Real runnin' shoes with der ridges" p.50
dowse - lookout: "Billy, keep dowse and hoot if anybody comes" p.101
footy - football: "footy practice" p.43
-g - final /g/ omitted: "goin'", "sleepin'", "somethin'", etc. passim.
haven't - mustn't/needn't: "well, they haven't got to touch the telly, mind" p.123
jam-butty car - police car, patrol car [re its stripes]: "a jam-butty car appeared at the end of the street" p.62
lanny - ?lane: "going down the lanney - ter the shop" p.110
lifted - stole: "Wur d'yer lift it from, but?" p.21
like - at end of phrase: "I mean, yer know like, they was that quiet..." p.82
lorry-skippin' - stealing from a lorry: "Yer've been lorry-skippin'" p.48
mam - mother: "Sorry, mam" p.23
me - my: "me dad" p.7
moey - ?mouth : "Put a trap on yer moey" (shut up) p.71
nit - idiot: "What a nit the man was!" p.17; "What did he take him for - a nit?" p.187
sag - to miss school: "I'll sag with yer" p.74; "I've sagged school" p.75
scat - grass, tell: "he'll not scat on us" p.141
scuffers - police: "I'll get the scuffers." p.15; "never trust a scuffer" p.161
skin - character, person: "Yer can always trust Rocky,,, he's a good skin" p.18; "all right, skin" p.72
-t- medial /t/: "Geroff him!" p.14; "shurrup" p.67
take out - get even: "They've just got it in for me! I'll take them out for it!" p.131
tatty-'ead... "S'all right, tatty'-ead," he said, reassuringly." [to younger sister] p.9
tiddlers - youngsters, very small children: "Tiddlers is no good" p.50; "yer just a tiddler" p.61
terrah - tata, goodbye: "We said terrah to him then" p.8
toffee-foot - clumsy football player: "Yer a toffee-foot!" p.88
wack - pal, chum: "Not all that late, wack." p.19; "Come on, wacks" p.73
wingy - winger [football]: "when the wingy had been caretaker there, he'd played footy with them in the courtyard" p.146
wur - where (are): "wur you goin'?" p.8; "wur is he?" p.18
yer - you (sg): "yer've had me worried" p.23
yer - your: "wave to yer dad!" p.7
youse - you (pl): "youse'll not believe this" p.19, etc.