Larn yersel Mackem... 21 vital Sunderland words and phrases

Wearmouth Bridge - one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks for a Mackem.
Wearmouth Bridge - one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks for a Mackem.
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Ha’way and brush up on yer Mackem, like...!

21 words or phrases vital for Wearsiders - and would-be Wearsiders.

Grangetown in the early 1950s - home to great ket shops and canny tram links.

Grangetown in the early 1950s - home to great ket shops and canny tram links.

Canny: A word with more meanings than the Oxford English Dictionary can cope with. From Canny Weather (nice), Canny Scran (good food), Canny Cold (very) and Gan Canny (go carefully/take care).

Gannin’: Going. As in “I’m gannin’ yem like” - I’m going home.

Hoy: Two meanings - throw and pub crawl. As in “Hoy a hamma owa here” and “I’m gannin’ on the hoy like”.

Like: A word to be added, like, at least twice to each sentence, like, even when, like, not needed. Like.

Lights fantastic - the illuminations are a proud Mackem tradition.

Lights fantastic - the illuminations are a proud Mackem tradition.

Gadgie: Man. As in “Look at that gadgie with the git big hat on - he’s nee marra o’ mine” - “Look at the man with the big hat - he’s no friend of mine.”

Cuddy: Horse. As in “Yer’ll kna what cuddy’s kicked ya!” Literal translation - “You’ll know what horse has kicked you” - but really means “You’ll wake up to the reality of a situation”.

Netty: Toilet.

Gansey: Jumper. As in “Me mam’s got us a canny Christmas gansey like”.

Fullwell in the early fifties - just a hop, skip and a short tram ride to a plodge on the sea at Seaburn.

Fullwell in the early fifties - just a hop, skip and a short tram ride to a plodge on the sea at Seaburn.

Divvint/dinnit: Don’t. As in “I divvint like that netty - its propa clarty”.

Tee: To. As is “Where ya gannin’ tee?”

Clammin’: Hungry. As in “I’m like clammin’ for me bait”.

Stott: Hit. As in “I stotted me heed off the table like”.

Plodge: Wade in the sea. “Ha’way, lets gan plodging down Seaburn”.

And don’t forget....

Spelk: Splinter

Bairn: Child

Ket: Sweets

Willicks: Seafood

Hinny/Pet: Term of endearment.

Stottie: A Sunderland bread bun.

Clarty: Muddy or dirty.

Ower Lass: Our lass. (My wife/girlfriend).