I am a born and bred Geordie having grown up in Gateshead. I don’t have the accent* any longer having spent my adult life out of the area and now living in the Midlands. That doesn’t stop me from being fiercely proud of my native homeland. I love the North East. Love it. Love it. Love it.
Put me in a room of Geordies and my accent will come back. Or, according to my husband, when I am tired or drunk it comes through! I also do that embarrassing thing when my mouth and my head don’t match up when saying random words and they come out a hybrid of weird northern/non-northern twang!
When I saw this list from a Newcastle newspaper, it really made me smile.
There are some brilliant words and phrases here. Many of them I didn’t realise were local. I assumed they were said across the country, such as ‘pop’, honkers, monkeys blood, ‘spelk’, plodge, to ‘get wrang’…