Ha’way and brush up on yer Mackem, like...!
21 words or phrases vital for Wearsiders - and would-be Wearsiders.
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.
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”.
Gansey: Jumper. As in “Me mam’s got us a canny Christmas gansey like”.
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....
Hinny/Pet: Term of endearment.
Stottie: A Sunderland bread bun.
Clarty: Muddy or dirty.
Ower Lass: Our lass. (My wife/girlfriend).