Northumbrian Language Society

Word of the Month – Cowp

To barter, to exchange
“Aa’ll coup wi’ ye – go’ the galloway for the year an five pun to beut.”

To exchange working places
“When pitmen exchange working places, they are said to cowp” – Mining Gloss, Newcastle terms, 1852

To upset
“That’s coup’s his apple cart for him”

Source: Heslop

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