Isn’t Language Just Wonderful

I know you said something but it's just a noise to me

I know you said something but it’s just a noise to me

Following a comment from fellow bloggerWorzelodd” I found myself questioning his use of the noise “MARDY” I had never heard this noise before and Hey was also confused as to it’s meaning so… we got on the world wide web and had a search and a rummage and indeed, true to his comment “Worzelodd” is right, the noise “MARDY” is indeed English and appears with regularity on “CORONATION STREET”.
Hey does not watch this programme and had never heard the noise so……. I decided to see what other noises exist that he had never heard before.
You see Hey is a Londoner and as you well know they have their own slang
(I think I will ask him to translate one of my stories into his London slang and post it for you in the near future.)
The list below are noises used mostly in the NORTH of ENGLAND and Hey doesn’t know ANY of them 
Do You ???
If you do, let me know if they are still used or if i got them wrong, I like to learn new things.

1.) Antwacky – old-fashioned, no longer in style. From deliberate mispronunciation of ‘antique’ (Liverpool)

Usage: “Our kid’s clobber is proper antwacky”

2) The back of Rackhams – sexually promiscuous, derived from a red-light spot at the back of Rackhams department store (Birmingham)

Usage: “She’ll be round the back o’Rackhams”

3) Beltas – generic proclamation of joy (Newcastle)

Usage: “The Toon were purely belta on Saturday, like!”

4) Bins – spectacles or sunglasses (Liverpool)

Usage: “Got these jarg shades off this wool, they’re a bit antwacky but I was skint, like”

5) A bit black over Bill’s mother’s – it might rain, derived from a convoluted reference to William Shakespeare’s birthplace and the direction storms come in from (Birmingham)

Usage: “I’d stay in – it’s a bit black over Bill’s mother’s”

6) Blart – to cry or sob (Birmingham)

Usage: “He’s blarting cos the Villa lost again…”

7) Chobble – to munch on something loudly (Birmingham)

Usage: “Stop chobbling yer rocks!”

8) Clamming – starving (Newcastle)

Usage: “Howay, man, hinny, I said I was clamming!”

9) Couldn’t stop a pig in a ginnel – to have bandy legs (Manchester)

Usage: “He couldn’t stop a pig in a ginnel!”

10) Dancers – stairs (Newcastle)

Usage: “Get up the dancers, man, it’s time for bed.”

11) Deaf it – don’t bother (Birmingham)

Usage: “Nah, deaf it pal”

12) Deek – a quick peek (Newcastle)

Usage: “Giz a deek at ya cornet, you’ve got more monkey’s blood than me.”

13) Devoed – generic proclamation of negativity, derived from ‘devastated’ (Liverpool)

Usage: “Lost a tenner down the alehouse, proper devoed, lad”

14) Dibble – the police, derived from Top Cat’s adversary Officer Dibble (Manchester)

Usage: “The dibble arrested him yesterday”

15) Donnie – hand (Birmingham)

Usage: “Give us your donnie”

16) Doylem – idiot (Newcastle)

Usage: “That gadgie’s a propa doylem, man”

17) Down the banks – to give grief (Liverpool)

Usage: “This beaut was doing my head in so I gave him down the banks, like”

18) Dunch – to collide with (Newcastle)

“I’m propa radgie. Some gadgie dunched me motor!”

19) Fettled – fixed, repaired or mended (Manchester)

Usage: “I am taking my car in to get fettled”

20) Fittle – food (Birmingham)

Usage: “This fittle’s bostin’!”

21) Fish, chips and peas with pea wet – fish, chips and peas with the water they were cooked in (Manchester)

Usage: “Fish, chips and peas with pea wet, ta”

22) Gadgie – an adult male human (Newcastle)

Usage: “See that gadgie at the front of the geet walla queue?”

23) Geet walla – very, very large (Newcastle)

Usage: “There’s a geet walla queue at Asda, gan to Morrisons instead”

24) Get off and milk it – generic greeting addressed at a cyclist (Manchester)

Usage: “Get off and milk it, ya daft apeth”

25) Ginnel – an ally  (Manchester)

Usage: “He got away by running up that ginnel”

26) Give your ‘ead a wobble – to have a rethink  (Manchester)

Usage: “Fish, chips and peas with pea wet? Give your ‘ead a wobble!”

27) Giz a bag o’ crisps – no, I don’t fancy him/her (Newcastle)

Usage: “Howay man, divvin’ be daft. Him? Never. Giz a bag o’ crisps”

28) Go round the Wrekin – to ramble on, derived from the name of a hill in Shropshire (Birmingham)

Usage: “He’ll be a while yet – he’s going round the Wrekin…”

29) Go to the foot of your stairs – generic exclamation of shock or surprise (Birmingham)

Usage: “The Villa won?  Well, go to the foot of our stairs!”

30) Have it dark – to be too slow at something (Birmingham)

Usage: “Is she going round the Wrekin again? She’ll ave it dark…”

31) Howk – to pick or scratch (Newcastle)

Usage: “Divvin’ howk ya sneck!”

32) Hinny – wife or female partner (Newcastle)

Usage: “Dee us some scran, hinny, I’m clamming”

33) Jarg – fake (Liverpool)

Usage: “‘Got these jarg bins down the alehouse off this dodgy auld fella”

34) Jib – to conclude prematurely ((Liverpool)

Usage: “Me mate jibbed his bird off – she was doing his head in”

35) Marra – friend or colleague (Newcastle)

Usage: “Howay, man, marra, let’s gan doon the pub for some beltas scran”

36) Micey – mad (Newcastle)

Usage: “He’s not a doylem, he’s gannin’ micey”

37) Mither – bother, trouble or aggravation (Manchester)

Usage: “I can’t be mithered with all this”, or “I’m in a bit of mither”

38) Monkey’s blood –  raspberry or strawberry flavour sauce put on ice cream (Newcastle)

Usage: “Can I have monkey’s blood on me cornet?”

39) Nebby – nosy or overly inquisitive (Newcastle)

Usage: “Howay, man, woman, man, divvin’ be nebby”

40) Netty – a toilet (Newcastle)

Usage: “Where’s ya netty, marra? I’m busting”

41) Newtons – teeth, derived from rhyming slang: Newton Heath = teeth (Manchester)

Usage: “Look at the state of his Newtons!”

42) Not getting the babby a frock and pinny – to waste time (Birmingham)

Usage: “This ain’t gettin the babby a frock and pinny!”

43) Oil tot – satisfied, happy, derived from working men having a tot of olive oil before drinking beer to line their stomachs and stop them getting drunk  (Birmingham)

Usage: “I’m in my oil tot”

44) Ozzy – hospital (Liverpool)

Usage: “Going down the ozzy, mate, think I’ve broken me finger”

45) Paggered – exhausted (Newcastle)

Usage: “I’m paggered thinking up usages for these Geordie sayings”

46) Play up your own end – clear off, usually aimed at unruly children (Birmingham)

Usage: “Go and play up your own end!”

47) Put wood int’ ‘ole – shut the door (Manchester)

Usage: “It’s baltic – put wood int’ ‘ole!”

48) Quilt – a generic insult (Liverpool)

Usage: ‘Seen this proper quilt, like, selling jarg bins?”

49) Radgie – a temper tantrum (Newcastle)

Usage: “That gadgie’s gannin’ proper radgie, like.”

50) Salfords – socks, derived from rhyming slang: Salford Docks = socks (Manchester)

Usage: “Pull your Salfords up”

51) Scratcha – bed (Newcastle)

Usage: “I’ve had enough. I’m gan yem to me scratcha”

52) Scrikin’ – crying (Manchester)

Usage: “What’s up with the baby? He won’t stop scrikin”

53) Set-a-had – to set on fire (Newcastle)

Usage: “How man, I’m ganna set-a-had to this shed if it gives us another spelk”

54) See your arse – be annoyed (Manchester)

Usage: “Well someone’s seen their arse, ‘aven’t they?”

55) Slummock – to slouch or loll around (Birmingham)

Usage: “Lazy sod’s been slummocking in bed all day”

56) Snap – food (Birmingham)

Usage: “I’m off to get my snap”

57) Spelk – a splinter (Newcastle)

Usage: “Hoy some tweezas owa here, hinny. I’ve got a spel

58) Spuggy – a sparrow, or a character from kids’ show Byker Grove

Non-Geordie translation: sparrow, but also refers to the role played by red-haired actress Lynydann Barrass in Byker Grove, which has its 25th anniversary later this year.

59) Trabs – shoes (Liverpool)

Usage: “Got these boss new trabs off me ma for Chrimbo”

60) Twock – to steal, derived from the police term TWOC for taken without owner’s consent (Newcastle)

Usage: “I cannit hoy ya tweezas, pet. Someone’s twocked them”

61) Wool – a non-Scouser, specifically from Runcorn, Wirral, Southport, St Helens etc (Liverpool)

Usage: “That’s proper Wool behaviour, like”

62) Workyticket – a mischievous or annoying person (Newcastle)

Usage: “The bairn’s being a propa workyticket, if he’s not careful there’ll be nee kets this week”

63) Yampy – mad or losing the plot  (Birmingham)

Usage: “Villa to win? Have you gone yampy or what?”

64) Yem  – home (Newcastle)

Usage: “This queue’s got us propa radgie. I’m gan yem”


Isn’t Language just wonderful ??

Sam Sam

One thought on “Isn’t Language Just Wonderful

  1. Indeed, it is a wonderful language, I thought I knew a few like “Proper Scran” and “Pushing the Boat Out”, and the all purpose “Minging”…but what joy to be educated by a fine dog..thanks Sam.


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