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TeesSpeak:An Urban Dialect

words: alley to bleb

words : bogie to butterloggy

words:-cack-handed to clammin

words:-clarry to dut

words:-eariewig to get

words:-Geordie to knackin'

words: lace- -mozz

words: mell- -mozz

words:nab to parmo

words: parkin to rully

words:sackless to Stee-as

words: steelie to tungie

words:village to youse

Regional Stereotypes

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Nowt by Gob

East Cleveland

East Cleveland Dialect

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From both ends of the Tees

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On Not Being a Geordie

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The Iron Miners

Bill Griffiths

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eariewig to get


eariewig:- TS


a bread bun

fatty cake:- NY
small round pastry cake made with lard butter flour and sugar

first turn in a game (see fuggy/foggy below)

hidden away.Most likely Norse in origin as the Icelandic fela= to hide

fragile..easily broken. From ON fimr

first (some speakers) (see also ‘fuggy’)

1. To fix.. 2. To sort someone out ‘Ah’ll soon fettle him’ 3. Condition: 'I’m in fine fettle.' 'What fettle? = How are you? Teesside’s foremost folk group are called the Fettlers

flit:- Nth C
to move house. ‘Do a moonlight flit’ or shortened ‘Do a moonlight’ means to move secretly to avoid rent arrears or other such trouble. From ON flytja Compare Mod Swedish flytta =to move

foisty:- NE
damp, musty smelling

fond:- NE&NY
still occasionally used in sense of ‘silly’ ‘Ye fond fool!’ ‘brazzen’d fond’ Unashamedly foolish, cheeky

fratch:- NE&NY
to quarrel in a minor way ,especially children. fratch or fratchety quarrelsome, ‘bitchy’

fret:- NY
a mist from the sea

first turn in children’s game ‘I’m fuggy’. At school, first formers were 'fuggies'. (see also 'feggy' above. )


gadgie:- NE
a fellow, bloke For me, as a child in Mbro this meant a minor authority figure like a watchman or a park-keeper. To a friend in Seaham, Co Durham it seems to mean simply an oldish man rather like the American usage of geezer. But also on Teesside I’ve heard it used to mean someone with a skill or trade. Someone was recommended to me as a ‘proper roofing gadgie not a cowboy’. Mbro Football Club advertised its web-site to ‘All you cyber-gadgies’ ( I much prefer being a cyber-gadgie to being a ‘nerd’!). Often younger speakers now shorten it to 'gadge' It is from the Romany 'gorgio' meaning 'fellow'

gammy-leg:-Nth C
lame leg. My mother tells me her grandmother, (who was from Richmond) taught her to write the letter ‘m’ by describing it as three gammies (3 walking sticks?)

ganzy:- NE&NY
In Teesside meant a thick heavy , baggy jumper.It's from their original manufacture in Guernsey

the triangular pieces of land jutting out at mouth of Tees North Gare & South Gare( from OE gara= triangular piece of land????)

small enclosure. e.g the Apple Garth in Guisborough

-gate:- (as a street or road name.) Nth C
street, road, lane. ON compare Mod Norwegian 'gate' or Danish 'gade'.Guisborough has Northgate, Westgate and Belmangate. Darlington has Priestgate,Bondgate,Skinnergate,Houndgate. Middlesbrough has Gunnergate Lane and Ladgate Lane which are both tautological in that they say 'Lad-lane-lane' and 'Gunnar's-lane-lane'.

pint of beer. To the best of my knowledge this is peculiar to 'Pool. Perhaps it is from the mark on a pint glass?

geggs:- TS only?
Spectacles. "geggy" a person wearing glasses

get:- NthC
equivalent to the slang word ‘git’ but much stronger meaning. It was considered a swear word when I was a child. My cousin had an absolute detestation of a particular Teesside politician whom he called "The Get". My cousin once said, “Every time I see that sign on the AI9, ‘Get in Lane’ I keeping hoping it’s him.”

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Introduction |Location in the North East |Location in the U.K. |TeesSpeak:An Urban Dialect |words: alley to bleb |words : bogie to butterloggy |words:-cack-handed to clammin | words:-clarry to dut | words:-eariewig to get |words:-Geordie to knackin' |words: lace- -mozz |words: mell- -mozz |words:nab to parmo |words: parkin to rully |words:sackless to Stee-as |words: steelie to tungie |words:village to youse |Regional Stereotypes |Gravel Voiced Gadgies |Nowt by Gob |East Cleveland |East Cleveland Dialect |East Cleveland Dialect 2 |Teessiders' Origins |Smoggy |Norman Connections |Discussion Page |Northern Dialect Societies |From both ends of the Tees |Local History Sources |On Not Being a Geordie |Then and Now |Familiar Places with Strange Sounding Names |BBC VOICES PROJECT Listen to Teessiders |On Being Canny |Middlesbrough's Language & Identity |The Iron Miners |Bill Griffiths |Sackless Saxons |Links for Lower Tees Dialect Group |Guestbook |Mail Form