We've rounded up 15 of the most evocative Mackem insults - all the ones that aren't swears, at any rate!

Don't be a spenk! 15 mackem insults and what they mean

Some of them we may not have heard since we were in the playground.

Friday, 27th September 2019, 5:43 pm

Some of them we might still be using today with our friends and co-workers. The more we like them, the more we call them horrible names. The North East boasts some colourful slang, and Sunderland folk have a huge number of playful insults to pick from. Here’s our run-down of the 15 insults you’ll know if you’re a mackem – though hopefully you haven’t been on the receiving end of more than about six of them. Do you know some that aren’t here? We probably can’t use them ...

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