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"Words used in in my childhood in Ferryhill, 1950s, 1960s. I went to East Howle School near Ferryhill from 1952 to 1963 then on to Durham Johnston Grammar and university. East Howle and Ferryhill were very much pit villages until the 1970s. I returned to work in Ferryhill as a teacher at Dean Bank School, and after five years moved on to Cassop (near Coxhoe) where I am still the head teacher [2005]. I began to collect the list in earnest when I moved to Cassop School (1975), as I re-discovered words still being used at Cassop that I had not heard since my childhood days at East Howle.
Cassop until 1983 was a pit village and the dialect remained in a much less diluted form. Other people became interested and would add words to my list. I have personally heard used all of these words and phrases, except for the ones marked * which are words added by others, but will be genuine."

Ahint or ahind - behind
Ailey sailey - any old how
Alleys - glass marbles
Butterfly alleys marbles with traditional middle colourings
German alleys - very small marbles with neat markings
Anted, hanted as in pigeon when it is trained to come back
Aye - yes

Backy-knacks rebounds in a game of marbles
Baff - week with no pay
Bait - food
Banty - bantem hen
Bide the time son - wait a while
Blackclock black beetle
To blare your eyes out - to cry
Blatherskite someone who talks a lot
Bleb - blister
*Boiley - bread boiled with milk
Boody - broken cup, etc.
Booler and hook - ring of round steel
Getting brayed up if you had a fight and lost
I brayed him up if you won
Bray away - get moving
Brokken - no money
Bullets - sweets
*Bums bailiffs

*Canch - underground stone
Canny - all right
*Cavils - lottery for work place
Clag - to stick
*Clagger - a right carry on
Claggum wallpaper paste (per JM's granny)
Clarts - mud
Clemmie - stone to throw
Clippings, broddy, hookey - for mats
Clocker - hen waiting to sit on eggs
Clout - hit, or piece of cloth
I'm a bit cockly sickly
Coin - to turn: you could coin round the corner on your bike
Cotty - hair needs cutting
Coup yor kreels - do somersault
*Cowped - overturned or exchanged
Crack - talk gossip
Cree - garden hut
Cuddy - donkey
Cuddy wifter - left hander
Cundy - channel or tunnel
Cut - lane (see gullet)

Aa dinnot naa (Ferryhill) / Aa divvent naa (Brandon)
Dike - hedge - also confusingly the ditch by the hedge
Dolly muck - wet coal dust (found in bottom of beck running out of the pit) - there was dolly muck in the sticky-beck at East Howle.
*Pit duds - pit clothes
Dumper, tab end - cigarette end
Dunsh - to bump

*Ettle - to arrange or organise

Fadge - flat loaf
Cannot be fashed - can't be bothered: 'divent fash thesell' - don't bother yourself.
Fast off asleep
What fettle? / can you fettle this for me? (repair)
*Finence - opposite
Fliggied - flown, as in the chicks have fliggied - left the nest
Cheeky fond very cheeky

Gadgie - chap, fellow
*Gaff billiard room or cinema
Galawa - pony
Galluses - braces
Tha's maken gam - taking the mickey
Gansey - jersey or pullover
*Glaikey - slow to understand
Gleg - a look:'gies a gleg' - let me see
Gob - mouth
Goller - shout
Goosegobs - gooseberries
Gowk - apple core
Gullet - a passage way (snicket / ginnel / alley)
Gully carving knife, bread knife

Hacky-mucky filthy dirty: He was hacky-mucky
Hap up - buried
Hinny - term of endearment, 'honey'
Hockle to spit
Hogger hose pipe
Hoggers shorts
If you had a rose hip stuck up your nose the doctor would howk it out
Hoy us a one
*Hoyt wrongdoer
Hunkers - haunches

Itchy dabbers - outdoor game

Jarp- to bump, as in egg jarping at Easter
*Jowl - to signal by knocking

*Kallussed - frozen rigid
Keen - chapped hands
*Kenna - end of shift
Kep - to catch
Give us a ket - sweets, but cheap ones
Kicky-the-can / kicky-the-cog - outdoor game with treacle tin
Kizzen - to over cook

He laced into him / Aarl lace your backside
*Linings - long johns
Loggerheed any heavy moth
Lonnen - lane
Fit as a lop / A git big lop louped onto his lug
Lowp - to jump
Lowse end of shift or time to go
Lug - ear

Marra - mate
Midden - rubbish dump
*Mizzelled - disappeared
Muffler - scarf
Muggles - marbles in general
Ne fullicks, ne backinacks - in marble games (backinack was when a marble rebounded off a wall)

Neb - nose: Keep yor neb out!
Netty - lavatory
Neuk - nook or corner
Nip - to pinch
Nithered - very cold
*Nooled - kept down

Oxters - armpits

Panackilty supper dish (potato, onions, ?corned beef)
*Pancrack - social security
Don't be so parky - fussy about food
Paste-egg - hard boiled coloured egg
Penker biggest marble, stone marble
Plodge - paddle
Poke - sack
Pop alleys - marbles (from the top of pop bottles)
Give someone a good possin - a hiding

*Raim - to moan
Rattle - a hiding: 'I'll give you a good rattling'
I've raxed me bike - broken it
Rive - to tear
Roundies large coals
Rozzel - make hot

Ye sackless bugger! - you silly person
*Scoull - underhanded
*Scoury stone - for window sills or doorsteps
Scran - food
*Scranching - pork skin
Scrapings - batter at fish shop
Scrat - make ends meet
Scribbly-jack yellow-hammer
Scrunch crumple up: Scrunsh up a piece of paper
Scumfished - hot and bothered: I came across a report from East Hetton pit where the men were held in the cage over the upcast shaft to scumfish them
Set pot - steel pot with built in fire
Shive - a slice
Aarl skelp yor lug for you - flat hand clip
Slavver - back chat
*Slop - policeman
*Smatch - peculiar taste
Smit - contagious
Snagger turnip
Snagging - taking tops off turnips
Sneck - fastener on door
*Sooker - shroud around fire for bleezer
Spelk - splinter
Spuggy - sparrow
Steep - to soak e.g. peas
Stinker starling
Stott - to bounce
Stottiy cake
Stowed out - packed, very full
Stowed off full up e.g. a pub

Tab - cigarette
Team to pour
Therockly - directly
Tiggy - game of tag
Tommy-ackers - newts (Cassop)
Toppen - front fringe of hair
Twang - dialect
Always twistin on - moaning
Twitchy-bell earwig

Up aheight - up high

Vare nigh - very nearly
*Vine - pencil

*Waarned - to warrant
*Wisht - hush, quiet
Worrit - worry (very widely used in Ferryhill)
Wot cheor - greeting

I'm gannin yam
*Yowl - to howl
*Yule do - Christmas gift