These Geordies are strange folk aren’t they? Since arriving at Newcastle, you may have heard some strange words, phrases or sayings that you’ve never heard before. Those who are (proudly, naturally) anything North of Manchester seem to at times have their own language that defies any sensible conventions, and can to the untrained ear, sound exactly like Gobbledegook. But if you want to avoid the polite-laugh-and-nod situation when you’re not quite sure what you’ve agreed to, here’s a list of Geordie sayings I’ve picked up from my flatmates- from quite ordinary, to very exotic- the meanings might bewilder you…
Especially if you’re a -* quote * – ‘dirty southerner’.
LESSON NUMBER ONE:
Meaning: Chewing gum.
Usage: “you need some chuddy cos your breath smells, like.”
Meaning: As well.
Usage: ‘Can’t believe that lecture wasn’t on, turned up for it anorl’
Meaning: really good.
Usage: “3 trebles for £6, that’s mint!”
Meaning: To leave for someone else.
Usage: “I pied her cos shes a ugo”
Meaning: really good.
Usage: “It’s okay Wendy if you missed that deadline,
just sit dahn and ave a cuppa, aaahhhhh cushty”
LESSON NUMBER TWO:
Meaning: To describe something as really good.
Usage: “Denise it was due in tomorrow! Ellish!”
Meaning: aesthetically pleasing.
Usage: “Treated myself to a lush milkshake after the assignment”
Meaning: good looking.
Usage: “Apparently her lecturer is a buer”
9) Gam yam
Meaning: leaving to go home
Usage: “I’m gam yam cos I’m tired”
Meaning: very drunk.
Usage: “I was maaaahrtall last night, like!”
LESSON NUMBER THREE:
Usage: “she’s offit if she thinks I’m doing a 1200 essay by Monday”
Meaning: not very nice.
Usage: “I hate you, you are ugly.” “Stop being shan.”
Meaning: something awful
Usage: “Mate, didn’t save my 1000 words.” “Ah, that’s gippin.”
Meaning: to be drunk
Usage: “I was blaked last night in the library- was offit after 1000 words”
Meaning: to be sick.
Usage “That was one hell of a yt in the library”
LESSON NUMBER FOUR:
Meaning: to be up to something.
Usage: “I am so game for going out tomorrah”
Usage: “Ahhh used to mind you when yous was a wee bairn and your mam went to work”
Meaning: the city centre.
Usage: “Just poppin into toon for a tea break aye”
Meaning: you (plural)
Usage: “I’ll go get the metro with yous!”
20) Why aye
Meaning: Enthusiastic way of saying yes.
Usage: Why aye man!”