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John Foster

John wants to hear your Teesside 'werds'

Teesside 'werds'

There are hundreds of words that you will never hear anywhere apart from on Teesside.

Imagine a visitor came to our area and overheard a conversation that went a little bit like this: "I've had nowt to eat me! Our mam made me a parmo but it was made in a clarty pan - even the bairns wouldn't touch it!". Would they understand it? Probably not.

Like most regions, Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire have their own set of unique words and phrases that may sound like nonsense to visitors, but are perfectly common in our area.

John Foster was interested in hearing words from listeners that felt were distinctive to our area, and the response was huge.

Some of the phrases included 'plodge', which means to paddle, and 'cuddy wiffter', which is slang for a left-handed person.

Listed below is a selection of your words, but we'd love to hear more, so send in your suggestions now!

Teesside 'werds'

Clart
Our mam
Sound
Coggy
Plodge
Numbskull
Aye-up
Sackless
Divvy
Daft apath
Mate
Mucker
Lurgy
Parmo
Nowt
Ganzy
Muffler
Kecks
Growee
Wasark
Cuddy wiffter
Bairn
Pog up
Kidda
Gannin'
Gizza
Gadge
Squire
Gizit
Hacky
Barnpot
Sprag
Pillock
Numpty
Chuffin' muffin
Bait
Clemmie
Croggie
Doyle
Cupla
Gorker
Bimler
Ockle

If you have a word that you think should be included and can't find it on the list, simply fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

last updated: 07/05/2008 at 17:56
created: 22/03/2007

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Kezza
'Satched' for soakin wet… "It was raining in town and I got satched"

Jake
Radge- Moody, if someone is in a radge with you they're angry or moody with you.

LS
Kite - stomachKets - sweeties

Mike
it's tankin' down (it's raining heavily)

laura
croggy - to give someone a lift on your bike by you peddling and them sitting on the seat - only used in stockton!

Rachel
Dut - for Hat but is this just Hartlepool?

John Richardson.
Make a Mashin, A cup of tea.

cj
A croggy is whne someone sits on the cross bar of your bike whereas a tan is when they sit on the seat (or parcel seat if there is one) and you ride the bike whilst standing up

John B
Chauver, friendly male address

Jamie Sample
you forgot doyle- meaning an idoit as in "ya doyle"and jammy meaning lucky as in "that was a jammy shot"

Dan
isnt ganning just geordie?

Jim Moore
Doggie- the name for North Ormesby dont ask me why?

G,C
bewer-a female

Kaz
mafted

judith newsome
nithered - freezingcotters - knots in hairaway - come with meplothery - muddygadgee - blokeganzey - jumpercanny - nicemanky or set in - dirtypoppy up - share your wages

Alan Fox
"Our Mam" south of the Tees, "Me Mam" from north of the Tees.

Bill Hawthorne
As achild when sent on an erran you were usually told to "Bisharp" Hurry up

peter jones
what about 'werk' as in 'me dad werks down the werks'

simon mason
maftin ( hot )"i'll have to open a winda its maftin in ere"

SJ
To give somebody a lift on your bike is to give somebody a 'tan' or a 'croggy'.

Pauline Forsyth
narked - annoyednarky - irritablesneck - for latch

joanne dawn
claggy

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