GEORDIE DIALECT WORDS I to L
These are Geordie words beginning with I, K, K and L. The phrases in bold are translated at the end of the page.
I : Ivor and ivvor and ivvor
I Says, Aw says: I Said.
Ing: Meadow or pasture.
J : Jinny Spinner in Jarra in Joon
Jaa, Jar: Jaw.
Jaa Breaker: A long, difficult word.
Jabs: Gym shoes.
Jedart Laa: Jedburgh Law. A kind of rough justice once administered in the Borders. Means to hang first and then have the trial later. Jedart is a local name for the town of Jedburgh just over in Scotland.
Jinny Spinner: Cranefly, also known as a Daddy-long-legs.
K : Ket kets hev brokken me jaa
Kale: Cabbage or a kind of broth.
Keek: To peep.
Keeker: A mine inspector.
Keel: A boat for carrying coal to ships in the river and once operated by the Keelmen who lived in the Sandgate area of the Newcastle quayside.
Ket: Rubbish, offal or waste, see also Ket(s) below. From a Viking word for waste meat.
Ket(s): Kids’ sweets especially in Durham probably derived from the above because they were considered bad for you.
Kidda(r): A term of endearment for a young man or a brother.
Kiff: Very good.
Kist: A chest.
Knaa: To Know.
Knack or knacks: Hurts.
Knackers: Pieces of wood used by North East folk musicians like castanets.
Knackered: Tired, exhausted, weshed oot.
Kye: Cows, cattle.
L : Laik in the ling on the laa
Laa: Low, law or a hill (a law).
Lad(s): Bloke(s) or young men/man.
Laddie: Variation on lad.
Laik: To play.
Lang: Long – Anglo-Saxon word.
Larn: To Teach or to learn. Anglo-Saxon word. “Larn yersel” means teach yourself.
Lashins: Plenty, lots usually in relation to food or drink.
Lass: A woman or young girl, from a Scandinavian word laskr.
Laverock / Laverick: A skylark.
Law (or Laa): A hill.
Leazes: Pasture land belonging to a town.
Liggies: Testicles. Also marbles (glass balls used in the game of marbles).
Like: A word often placed at the end of a sentence as a kind of verbal full stop. “That’s it, like. Aa knaa what yer mean, like”.
Linn: Waterfall in Weardale or Northumberland or the pool at the base of it.
Linty: A wren or a linnet (bird). “He was off like a linty” means he made a quick getaway.
Lonnen: A lane or track.
Lop: A flea.
Lough: Lakes in Northumberland are called Loughs. Pronounced Loff. It was used in County Durham too, but there are no remaining loughs there.
Louse: To release something.
Loup or Lowp: Leap.
TRANSLATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS – WE HOPE
I – Ivvor and ivvor and ivvor : :
Ever and ever and ever (tigithor, perhaps like the folks o’ the Shiels).
J – Jinny Spinner in Jarra in Joon :
A cranefly, also known as a Daddy-Long-Legs, found in the town of Jarrow in the month of June. Note to naturalists: It should be pointed out that craneflies can be found in any part of the region – or the country for that matter – during the summer months. This is not a reference to a unique species of Daddy-Long-Legs found only in Jarrow in that particular month. It is merely a demonstration of how to string Geordie words together to form a phrase. So you can put away your nets and safari hats and cancel yer Jarra-boond coach.
K – Ket kets have brok me jaa :
Eating rubbish sweets (candy) has broken my teeth / jaw.
L – Laik in the ling on the laa :
Play in the heather on the hill. It’s something your pet dog might especially enjoy doing. Fido will have loads of fun frolicking on the fell.