It will be a great day out for Black Cats fans, who will turn swathes of London red and white. "Northerners" tend to get all lumped into one, but Sunderland very much has its own culture, vibe and accent. Here's a guide for Londoners (and Portsmouth fans for that matter) to some words and phrases they may here over Wembley weekend:
Starting with the basics, this is the nickname for people from Sunderland. We are definitely NOT geordies.
An alternative local pronunciation of Sunderland, particularly when shouted as part of a football chant. Expect to hear this a lot. Picture by Pixabay.
Going. As in Were gannin to Wembley!
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To. As in Where ya gannin tee?
NB we use this differently to Tynesiders, more in a sarcastic way. Think As if or Of course.
Girls and boys, but can refer to adults also
My girlfriend or wife/boyfriend or husband.
With a capital L, this refers to our beloved football team as in Haway the Lads
Come on! - can be positive or negative, cheering someone on, or saying: what are you playing at? Or lets go, as in Haway, the match starts in half an hour.
Our main meal in the evening (dinner is at lunchtime). You may also hear: Tell me ma, me ma; I won't be home for tea. Thats just us being excited.
The Sunderland team nickname. The club has two big black cats on its badge.
Sunderland Association Football Club. Expect to see these four letters a lot over Wembley weekend. You may also see FTM too but we will not get into that.
Sweets, we may have had some of these on the journey down.
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).
People Down South call them mum. The cup final happens to be on Mothers Day, but thankfully al lot of our mams are just as likely to want to watch the match as their offspring.
Two meanings - throw and pub crawl. As in Hoy a hamma owa here and I am gannin on the hoy like. There might be a bit of the latter while we are in London.
A word to be added, like, at least twice to each sentence, like, even when, like, not needed. Like.
Me. As in: Give uz it.
Food, especially a packed lunch.
Really wanting something, as in: I am clammin for a pint/me bait/a pink slice
To break something, or to cause pain: You have knacked it or I will knack you, a light-hearted threat in jest. Also to suffer pain: My back knacks.
Tired. Or broken, as in when something has been knacked.
Cold, though we will be hoping for good weather when Wembley weekend comes.
Careful with this one. The e is a bit shorter than in me, and means my. As in: Have you seen me marras?