Seven weird words you’ll only get if you’re a Mackem

Paul Swinney
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Think you know your Mackem?

Next week sees the launch of the second edition of The Mackem Dictionary which proved such a success on its first run that it’s become the best selling book of all time at Waterstones Sunderland.

Former SAFC player Steven Fletcher reading from the first edition of the Mackem Dictionary

Former SAFC player Steven Fletcher reading from the first edition of the Mackem Dictionary

The second edition, put together by author Paul Swinney, includes a further 39 words which were suggested by fans of the pocket-sized guide to Wearside’s quirky way with words.

We took a look at seven of the new additions which have made it into the latest edition.


Definition - a large overhanging gut. Example - put yer kite away man dar, yer’ll scare the bairns!


Definition - a latch handle on a gate or door. Example - mack shewer the sneck’s down on the front garden gate when yer gan. a dinnet want next door’s dog piddlen on me petunias again


Definition- a period of truce in a playground game signified by one crossing their fingers. Example - nor, it doesn’t count, it was skinchies!


Definition- a person in a near permanent state of anger. Example - ‘ere man chill out man yer radgie!


Definition- a tracksuit-clad ruffian. Example - wee yeyah carlen a neckender like?


Definition - to be extremely tickled by a humourous tale or event. Example - ower boy is daft as a brush man, some of the things ‘e comes out with. ‘e ‘as us arl proper decked ivry time wer see ‘im

•Clout - a strike landed on the body, usually the cranium. Example- someone’ll give yeyah a clout one er these days bonny lad fer bein a cheeky charlie!

The book launch, which takes place at The Royalty Theatre off Chester Road on August 12 at 7.30pm, will feature author Paul explaining his inspiration for the dictionary.

There will also be guest performances from Barry Hyde from The Futureheads and The Lake Poets. All attendees will be given a free signed copy of the second edition of the dictionary, worth £5.

Tickets are £10 from