mell to mozz
a big mallet, sledge-hammer
midge, gnat ( In Cleveland, in the iron mining days, a ‘midge’ was an miner’s open lamp. )
very good, excellent
a mixture of light drizzle and mist
mizzle:-NE & NY
to go missing.. usually an inanimate object however. ‘Me pen’s mizzled again’
mither:-NthC (rhymes with ‘either’)
To mutter on, complain unnecessarily
In Newport,Mbro we played two games with alleys (marbles). One involved scooping out a hole between pavement and a house wall. The aim was then to use one alley to knock another into the hole (like snooker without a cue). We called the hole a ‘moggy-hole’. In other parts of the town e.g.Whinnybanks, it was known as a'molly-hole'
1.to inflict great violence upon. I had to check with several people from my part of Mbro to see if I wasn’t imagining this wonderful word but they remember it also. Bill Griffiths lists a word in his North East Dialect Dictionary ‘squally-mash’ meaning ‘to mangle’ Perhaps in Mbro, or perhaps just my area of Mbro, we kids did a ‘Spooner’ on this Durham expression.
2. Anne S also reports in her family it means to give 'a real loving hug'. i.e to hug really strongly. This still fits with an origin from 'mash' meaning 'to crush'.
It is also worth noting in the NE a club hammer is also known as a 'mash hammer'
A game we played with two teams. One child would stand with back to a wall. Another child would make the leap-frog position resting head in the stomach of the one with back to wall. Several more would bend behind each other to form a line of bent backs. The opposing team took it in turns to jump onto the bent backs straddling them. The aim was to make them collapse. If the line held and everybody was on..We all shouted ‘monnakitty, monnakitty 1-2-3’ then the line would buck trying to throw the riders off. (You were not allowed to stand up straight to dismount your rider). Needless to say it was banned in the school playground! I met someone from Ashington, Northumberland who remembered it as 'Mount-a-kitty' which, I think, explains the etymology of our 'monnakitty'. I also know someone from Walker, Newcastle who remembers it as 'hunch-cuddy' although my wife from Byker, Newcastle which adjoins Walker remembers it as ‘monnakitty’
Hartlepool folk. From the legend that during the Napoleonic wars the people of Hartlepool thought a monkey was a French spy and hanged it.See also
mole. My mother still uses this word especially if referring to 'mowdy heaps'
mozz:- TS only?
to put the mozz on= to put the mockers on, to bring bad luck to