Geordie to knackin
For Teessiders, as the rest of the North East, this means strictly a Tynesider not every north easterner. Every other kind of North Easterner is irritated when called one!
a cranefly i.e ‘daddy-long-legs’ This is my mother’s common use. It is obviously derived from the NY 'jenny-spinner' but she never says this...Sometimes she says 'ginny-long-legs'. I have had 'jinny spinner' reported from Darlington and 'jinny spider' from Hpool for a harvest spider.
gleg:- NE? Only H'pool?
A quick glance: reported from Hpool
to spit (see ‘gozz’ below)
A hatchling bird not yet got its feathers. When collecting birds’ eggs if an egg contained a chick and could not be ‘blown’ it was said to be ‘gollied’
(seems a barbaric practice now in conservation conscious days)
sweets (reported from Guisborough)
gooseberry: I had thought this just originated from alliterative quality of the g’s goose-gogs but there is an old NY word‘horse-gog' meaning ‘plum’ suggesting ‘gog’ was a general NY word for fruit or berry.
An apple core. In Hpool 'gork'.The UpperNE word is 'gowk'
gozz:- NE? NY? TS only?
spit, saliva, phlegm to gozz= to spit
A garden fork. I’ve heard older Teessiders use this for an ordinary garden fork although originally it might have meant a three pronged fork, the sort used for spreading manure.
hacky /hacky-dirty:- NE
dirty, filthy This NE expression extends well south of the Tees. A pub in one village, notorious for its lack of hygiene was known as ‘Acky Tom’s’
More usually ‘erry up’ hurry up. This is a common pattern in South Durham where people will say 'werry' for 'worry' and 'Derram' for 'Durham' but, to the best of my knowledge, it only occurs in Mbro in this one word.
hob:- (rural Cleveland )
a goblin, elf…but not really evil. Could be helpful or a nuisance depending on how the human treated it. Remembered in place names like Hob Hill in Saltburn. (Often wonder if Tolkien invented his ‘hobbit’ name from this)
A term of endearment short for 'honey'. Very common in East Cleveland but also in eastern Teesside.
to pull things out, to scoop ( 'hork' reported from Hpool)
cheeky, impudent (The stress is on the second syllable. It doesn’t sound like impotent!)
itchy-bay :-TS hop-scotch
Our favourite implement was an empty boot polish tin which could be slid over the flagstones. In Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, I am told a tin or stone suitable for the game was called an itchy-cog .In some parts of Co.Durham the game was called itchy-dabba In her book 'More Snippets of Trimdon' , Eveline Johnson lists itchy-dabber as an empty boot polish tin so perhaps this is where we got the name of the game?
kali:- NE (pronounced kay-lie)
A type of sherbet powder into which we dipped our moistened finger or a liquorice stick kay-lied means drunk.
John D an 'expat' now living in Norfolk tells me that there is a firm down there called 'Caley'
which still makes this sherbet and suggests this is the origin of the name.
Lump on the face usually after a fight.
'keggy-eyed' having a black eye. Have no idea of the origin of this.
ket, kets:- NE
sweets, candies. Originally poor quality meat. Perhaps too many 'kets' were not considered good for you.
kings /kingy:- NY
a kids' truce word we used in a game meaning we couldn’t be touched . A Yorkshire word. The UpperNE word is skinchers
hurting, aching e.g. Me ‘ead’s knackin’ =I have a head ache. In one former Redcar School the cane was known as ‘The Knack’