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Here's a list of popular Newcastle, Geordie and even some gasp Mackem sayings - we've updated it with some new suggestions so keep them coming. The North East is well known and loved for the Geordie language and dialect which is sometimes indecipherable to Southern types.
Our popular sayings, words and phrases have been immortalised on TV programmes from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in the s to Hebburn now, and we asked readers to share their favourites. : McDonald's staff snared drink-driver at drive-thru. Before we start the list, a general key for pronouns, verbs and adverbs which are used in some of the examples but aren't good enough to make the list itself:. Usage: "There's a geet walla queue at Asda, gan to Morrisons instead, marra see 13 ".
Fact fans: This word was possibly derived from the Romani "gadje" meaning non-Roma or "gorgio" meaning fellow. Angela Archbold suggests the usage of "haddaway and loss yasel", meaning you are talking rubbish. Non Geordie translation: generic proclamation of exhortation or encouragement, can be both positive and negative.
Important note: howay must also be followed by man, which explains the popular but somewhat confusing phrase "howay, man, woman, man! Not to be confused with "gannin' on the hoy", which means going out with the intention of consuming multiple alcoholic drinks, which could be related to the fact that "hoy up" also means to vomit. Non Geordie translation: starving, hungry to the point of being in desperate need of some sustenance.
Note: Wow, this one has provoked some controversy! The origins of the word seem to be down the road in Sunderland, or even Darlington, so some of you think it's a travesty it being in the list. However, the term is widely used all over the North East, so we're keeping it in. Let's just be marras about it, alreet? Usage: "Hoy us a snout, marra. I'm gasping" and also, the refrain of the charva see 35"Gis a tab I can lend till the morra".
Usage: "Where's ya netty, marra? I'm busting" and a great suggestion from Dorothy Bonner, "howay man put the sneck on the netty door" meaning "would you mind locking the toilet door as soon as possible, please". Canny forms an integral part of the phrase "Canny bag o' Tudas", which has its origin in popular s North East-manufactured crisp brand, Tudor Crisps, which were advertised on TV with that slogan.
However, the phrase has since evolved among those who remember the now obsolete crisps to indicate any experience which is generally pleasant or enjoyable, regardless of whether it relates to a potato-based snack. There's also "gan canny, man", a generic farewell term implying take care or take it easy. Nothing to do with fried snacks, this one.
Rather, it's a Geordie put-downusually declining an advance of the romantic variety. Non Geordie translation: I'd rather not, thanks usually in response to being asked whether you fancy someone. There's no indication that the crisps have to be of the Tudor variety, although that's clearly preferable. Usage: "I'm propa radgie. Some gadgie dunched me motor so I stotted a brick at his. Twock actually comes from the official police term TWOC or taken without owner's consent, but we appear to be the only region that's adopted it so extensively to refer to small acts of theft. This appears to be another phrase with its origins in Sunderland.
But we rather like it, so in it stays. Usage: "How man see 34I'm ganna set-a-had to Just a Sunderland guy wanting to fool around shed if it gives us another spelk. We send a range of newsletters each day, twice a day, on the latest news, up to the minute breaking stories, information on coronavirus, court news and the latest Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC football stories, as well as dedicated newsletters for Northumberland, County Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside.
If you change your mind you can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. Find us on the British Newspaper Archive here. Usage: "I was hacky lazy this morning, didn't get oot me scratcha see 32 till gone Fact fans: possibly derived from Middle English 'clart', found in the verb 'biclarten' which means "to cover or smear with dirt".
Non Geordie translation: idiot, fool or person generally challenged in the common sense department. Also popular meaning the same thing is the word knacka, and see 47 below for our favourite such term, wazzock. Non Geordie translation: the raspberry or strawberry flavour sauce used to garnish ice cream cones sold from a van "cornets". Usage: "How, man, divvin' dunchus" would be a sensible way to warn a fellow motorist of an impending prang.
Non Geordie translation: chav, which is defined by the Urban Dictionary as "a young lower-class person typified by brash and loutish behaviour and the wearing of real or imitation deer clothes". Non Geordie translation: sweets, usually the penny chew variety that you'd buy with your pocket money from a corner shop. Usage: "The bairn's being a propa workyticket, if he's not careful there'll be nee kets this week.
Can also be used as a verb, as in to work one's ticket, meaning to behaving in a vexing manner. Non Geordie translation: sparrow, but also refers to the role played by red-haired actress Lynydann Barrass in Byker Grove. Usage: "I'm gannin' on the hoy see above in the Toon the neet, ganna get maaahrtal. Non Geordie translation: take your time, be patient literally "hold your patience, old fellow".
Non Geordie translation: to be told off or get into trouble, usually by a parent, boss or other authority figure. Non Geordie translation: nosy or overly inquisitive, can also be used as a verb "to neb" into someone else's affairs. NB: here sneck is meaning nose and not to be confused with its other meaning in 15 above as a lock for the netty door!
Non Geordie translation: winkles, or periwinkles, which is a small edible sea snail, usually found clinging to rocks at the beach. Non Geordie translation: various. Not to be confused with stottie cake, a popular type of bread bun generally expected to bounce if dropped. One of our Facebook fansMeg Henderson, tells us that the stottie is a cake of bread that was stotted thrown off the floor to see if it bounced, which showed it was ready.
Have we missed any, or do you know the origin of any of those we've included? Let us know in the comments, which make for amusing reading By chroniclelive. Subscribe We use your -up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info. Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice. Everything that's great about the North East. Video Loading Video Unavailable. Click to play Tap to play. The video will auto-play soon 8 Cancel Play now.
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