Northumbrian Language Society

North Shields 2004

NORTH SHIELDS 2004

supplied by  Helen Hemingway of North Shields – a mix of core dialect, new local and national terms

‘Am – I am – Always used for I am: “‘am gaan oot- I’m going out”
As – I was – Always used for I was: “as just thinkin’ – I was just thinking…”
Ayet – eight – counting: “wan… toowh… three… fower… five… six… seven… ayet… nine… ten- 12345678910”
Bairn – Child: “Put the bairn in the buggy pet – Put the baby into the pushchair my dear”
Buggy – ‘buggy’ – pushchair: “Put the bairn in the buggy pet – Put the baby into the pushchair my dear”
Bullets – Hard boiled sweets: “Gis a bullet – give me a sweet”
Byker tea-cake – head butt: “He stuck on the Byker teacake – he headbutted him”
Canny – nice, good: “That cost a canny wad – that cost a good roll of notes”
Clarty – Muddy or sticky: “Me trainers is aal clarty – My training shoes are full of mud”
Dia – Diabolical – used freq in place of really ‘bad’: “Whey that’s dia news- well that is really bad news”
Ganny – Grandmother or any old lady – not derogatory at all.: “Mind the way for that Ganny – move out of the way for the old lady”
Garn – going: “‘am gaan oot- I’m going out”
Geet – very: “a geet/git big fish” – fisher talk
Gis – Give: “Gis a bullet – give me a sweet”
Greggs dummy – A sausage roll or other savoury pastry which is given to a child in it’s ‘buggy’ – pushchair.: “That bairn has a gregg’s dummy again”
Haway – Come on: “Haway the lads – come on; Newcastle United- the lads”
Hoy – Throw: “Hoy us a bit a’ ya stottie – throw me a piece of your Stottie cake”
Kowpped – falling down or knocked over – even died: “wheez kowped tha kreel – who has knocked over the fish basket. Also used for ‘falling over’ “Shez kowped a’ kreels” – fisher talk
Kreel – fish basket: “wheez kowped tha kreel – who has knocked over the fish basket. Also used for ‘falling over’ “Shez kowped a’ kreels” – fisher talk
The Lads – Newcastle united: “Haway the lads – come on; Newcastle United – the lads”
Laughing tackle – mouth – usually referred to when eating: “Get ya laughing tackle ‘roond that – get a large bite of that”
The Leazers – The Leazers park end of Newcastle united football ground – the stand: “I’m in the Leazers – I’m in the stand”
Mind the way – Move out of the way: “Mind the way for that Ganny – move out of the way for the old lady”
Oot – out: “‘am gaan oot- I’m going out”
Pegged – Running fast – “the polis’ is cummin let’s peg it – The police are coming lets run”
Pegged it – Died: “Whey Annie’s gon an pegged it – Annie has died”
Pet – Darling: “Put the bairn in the buggy pet – Put the baby into the pushchair my dear”
Sands – the beach: “Aa yes gannin down the sands – are you going to the beach”
Sat’de – Saturday: “Aal see yas sat’de – I’ll see you (pl) on saturday”
Spuggy – Sparrow – or small person- lass or lad: “A bonny spuggy – A pretty sparrow or lass”
Stottie – Stottie cake is a flat oven bottomed bread cake: “Hoy us a bit a’ ya stottie – throw me a piece of your Stottie cake”
Tackle – 1.Male genetalia – 2.any assortment of objects: “1. I’m just scratching me tackle; 2. That’s a canny box a’ tackle – box of things”
Trainers – training shoes: “Me trainers is aal clarty – My training shoes are full of mud”
Well-stacked – Good figure: “Shez well-stacked – she has a good figure”
Yas – You (pl): “Aal see yas sat’de – I’ll see you (pl) on saturday”

 

The above material reproduced by kind permission of Tom Richardson, from the archive of the Tyneside & Durham Dialect Society

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