Geordie Dictionary : R-T
Selected words from Tyneside and the North East
The phrases highlighted in colour below are translated at the end of the page. Hev a gan yersel' forst using the dictionary then check your answers to see how you did.
Raa: Row as in row of houses.
Red and White: A Sunderland football club supporter. Also known as Mackems.
Radgie: In a rage. 'Radgie gadgie' is an enraged gentleman
Reive: To plunder. See the Border Reivers.
Roo: Row as in an argument.
Roondy: Household coal.
Sackless: Stupid or hopeless.
Sand Dancer: A native of South Shields.
Sand Shoes: Gym Shoes.
Sang: A song.
Sark: A shirt.
Scranchin': Pork Scratchings.
Scunner: An aversion or dislike.
Segger: A nickname for the town of Sacriston in County Durham.
Set a had': Light a fire.
Sex: Storage bags in which you might store potatoes or curl or Christmas presents if you live in the Ashington area of Northumberland.
Shiel: A shelter.
Shields: North Shields and South Shields.
Short: A shirt. A short shirt could be called a short-short or a cutty sark (see cutty and sark). 'Short short n shorts' means a short short shirt and short trousers.
Shuggy Boat: Large old-fashioned fairground ride rather like a large see-saw.
Singin' Hinnie: A kind of cake.
Skeet: A guiding runner for an elevator-like colliery cage shaft.
Skemmy: A poor quality homing pigeon.
Skilly: Gruel or porridge.
Skinch: Truce in childrens' playground games.
Slake: Mud flat, most notably that at Jarra.
Slavver: Drool and dribble.
Slivver: A thin strip.
Smoggies: A native of Middlesbrough or anyone from Teesside.
Smerk / Smerkin: Smoke / smoking.
Sneck: The latch on a door.
Snook: A nose-shaped headland.
Sparra: A sparrow, see also spuggy.
Spelk: A splinter in the finger etc. Called a Spell in the Teesside area.
Spice Kyek: Tea cake.
Spuggy: A sparrow.
Staithes: A pier for loading coal onto ships.
Stang: A pole.
Stob: A stump or post.
Stottie or Stottie Kyek: A kind of flat cake-like bread.
Summick or Summat: Something.
Tab: A cigarette.
Tak': Take. Especially Sunderland and Durham.
Telt: Told. 'Dee as yer telt' - do as you're told
The Day: Today. 'How are ye the day?' Also Ti'day.
Thor: There, They're and Their.
Thorsda:Thursday which was of course was quite literally Thor's day for the Vikings and Saxons.
Thrum: Purring sound.
To Reets or Te Reets: Keep something in order, put it right.
Above: The toon waal, Newcassel
Toon: Town. Especially Newcastle upon Tyne. Anglo-Saxon
pronunciation of the word.
Toon Army: Newcastle United football fans.
Tret, Tretten: Treated.
Trod: A footpath.
Tuda / Tudor: Crisps (Tudor crisps a kind of crisp - potato chip - no longer made). A canny bag o' Tuda is a nice bag of crisps.
Twist: Moan or Cry, also Twisty, a moaning, complaining mood.
Tyek, Tyeuk: Take, Took.
Tyke: A Yorkshireman or a dog.
Translations and explanations - we hope
R - Reivers roo ower roondys in the raa :
Plunderers, raiders or robbers having an argument over household coal in a terraced row of pit cottages. Alternatively they could literally be 'in the raw' - which would mean they were arguing in the buff. It's not altogether unlikely that it was in 'the altogether' given the supposed, but unverified tradition, that in times past people kept coal in the bathtub in particular parts of the region. Note to naturists: Arguing in the buff in a public place in the region, even on the subject of household coal, is likely to get you arrested.
S - Sartin summick aboot the sooth :
There's a certain something about the South. Well there is isn't there?
T - Thor thor ivvory Thorsda' taakin in the toon :
They're there every Thursday, talking in the town. Who is? Don't ask me, I never get into town on a Thursday.
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