Clarry to dut
Port Clarence and High Clarence. A small town on the opposite bank to the original site of Middlesbrough.( The Clarry is more likely to be one of the many pubs also named for the Duke of Clarence )
clarts, clarty:- NY & NE
mud, muddy (art & clart a primary school painting lesson!).'Clarting about'= messing on, mucking about
over-dressed. Too much make-up just slapped on.
Example given to me "messy. As in a clarty wedding dress. Or someone who is right clarted up."
cleg:-NE & NY
Specifically a horse fly,gadfly but reported from H'pool just to mean 'fly'.However don't think it's well known in urban Teesside. From Old Norse
clemmy:- NE & NY
Small stone (or for us Mbro kids also) hard piece of clay suitable size for throwing
clocker:- NE& NY
a broody hen. (probably from sound it makes)
clog / Give it some clog:-general Nth Country?
Put some effort into it. (now also-'give it some Welly': from Wellington boots)
clogger:- = football player who has no finesse but tackles heavily (puts the boot in)
clout:-NE & NY
cob/to get a cob on:-general Nth Country?
to sulk, be in a temper
coble (pronounced cobble):-NE & NY
Small boat for coastal fishing. Common along the
Yorkshire & North East Coast.
cockle over:- NY
turn your ankle causing you to stumble
People from the coast. I first heard this whilst working in the Wilton ICI Chemical Plant in the Sixties and think it referred to the ex-fishermen of Staithes, Runswick etc who now were having to work in Teesside but recently I've also heard it is a Darlo term for Hartlepudlians. There is intense rivalry between Darlington and Hartlepool football supporters
coggle over:- Hpool
as 'cockle over' above
coggly:- reported from Darlington unsteady..likely to topple over
Coronation St the Soap Opera. In the Tabloids this is usually abbreviated to 'Corrie' but on Teesside it’s 'Corra'.
cotters/ cottery:- NY
crack:- NThC & Irish
a good conversation, good banter
cree:- NE only?
A pigeon shed. Griffith's suggests from ON 'Kro' = 'pen'
a ride on a bike pedalled by someone else (see also ‘tan’)'croggy' is probably from 'crossbar'
A stolen apple from an 'oggie raidin’ (orchard raid) expedition: reported from Billingham
To burn food ...burnt to a crozzle.. (Geordies use an expression 'kizzened') (thanks to Glen from Acklam for this)
cut: Nth Country??
A pathway connecting two streets or roads. See also 'snicket'
darbo:- (NE? TS?)
sand & cement mixture..not proper concrete. Friend commenting on a neighbour's fence that had blown over
'No wonder. He only knocked the posts six inches in and slapped a bit of darbo round them.'
The days of the week tend to be pronounced with an indistinct syllable for the ‘ay’ of day. It’s not like UpperNE 'Munda' it’s more 'Munduh'. Some speakers say 'Mundee'. Saturday is usually 'Sat’duh' . Usually we say 'on a night' not 'at night' As in other parts, older people will still say ‘of a Mundee’ rather than ‘on Monday'
( Hence the old joke.”What did ‘e die of?” ‘E died of a Fridee’ )
An especially tall spinning top used in whips & tops game. It was a mushroom shape. We used to chalk coloured lines on the top to create patterns when it spun.. Also used as a derogatory term for a flashy footballer who is eye-catching but ineffective.
up the Dicky Dancers: TS?
Up the stairs. This may be restricted to Teesside as the Geordie equivalent is Up the Bonny Dancers
street rounders: (baseball) You got the batters out by hitting them with the ball as they ran between bases.Favourite target- back of bare legs as it really stung especially if it was wet and the tennis ball was soggy!
dodie /dodo :-NE? NY? Or just Teesside?
a child’s dummy
Doggy/ Doggy Town:-TS
North Ormesby , the north east area of Mbro. Never heard a satisfactory explanation as to origin of this name. I cannot believe it had any more dogs than any other part of the town. I’ve also heard it was because there was illegal whippet racing there 2. There was a smell of wet-dog because of chemical works 3. dog(?) iron was stored there. Personally I believe these unofficial names were given by bus/tram drivers , railway people, delivery drivers etc..West Cornforth in Co.Durham is also known as ‘Doggy’. North East historian, David Simpson, tells me this is because the railway track there has a dog-leg shape. I think this could also be a possible explanation for the North Ormesby name. North Ormesby ,by the way, is pronounced locally as 'N’thormesby' likewise Northallerton is 'N’thallerton'.More distant places like Northampton,however, are more likely to be pronounced 'in full' i.e. 'North-ampton'
Dormanstown: A suburb of Redcar built in the 1920s to house workers in the Dorman Long Steel works.
dother, dothery:-NE & NY
doyle, doylie TS??
idiot ,fool:-To the best of my knowledge,this is peculiar to the Tees-side area. Has the same meaning as the Liverpool 'divvy'
Reported from Hartlepool by two separate sources to mean woolly-hat especially if home made. However my Tyneside relatives remember it to mean 'bowler hat'.