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Middlesbrough (Smoggie) Translation

As I am from Middlesbrough and live in Newcastle, I often get people misunderstanding the meanings of my words, even my daughter (who has lived here most of her life) and I have a language barrier sometimes, which also results in her teasing me and mocking my words!

So I have decided to put together a ‘Smoggie Translator’ to prevent any further misunderstanding between myself and my friends, Please do join in and I will add to the list as I think of more 🙂

Firstly here’s a bit about my home town; Middlesbrough is town in the North East of England, situated on the river Tees, which is also about the 13th largest town in Britain.

Home of the ‘Smoggie’ A person originating from Teesside, so-called originally from the smoke from the Dorman Long, and other industrial works on the Tees (knocked down years ago and where the Riverside Stadium is) Shortened from original nickname of “Smog monster.”

Locals call both the town and the football team (Middlesbrough FC) “Boro”, while outsiders misspell the town’s name as MiddlesbOrough.

There is a distinctive Teesside accent, distinguishable from the Geordie (People of Newcastle) or Mackem (People of Sunderland) accent. Just to clarify there is 40 miles separating Geordies and Smoggies with Mackem’s 20 minutes each way in between.

Some of the words found in this dictionary did not originate in Middlesbrough and can be heard in different dialects, also some words/meanings are found in the regular dictionary and some have been changed through generations, but they have now become a main part of the Teesside dialect due to frequent use and Smoggies putting their own spin on them.

To give you an idea of the comparison to me and my daughter (Who was brought up in Newcastle) and to show the reason I created this Translator/ Dictionary here is a short clip I took a couple of weeks ago


Aka – Crazy

“He was going Aka”

As – Used to add emphasis to a sentence

“She was sad as”

Ayas – “Ayas coming or what?”

Aggy Boo- Sarcastic way of laughing at someones bad luck

Av’it– Take that

Afta– Have to

“I afta sort it out later”

Areyeravinalaff?– Are you playing some kind of unfunny joke on me?

Akki – Filthy

Away/ Haway – Come on


Bang On – Just right (See spot on)

Bray – To hit, bang

“I was braying on the door for ages before you answered”

Bag head – Drug addict

Bang Out – Out of Order, If someone does something that is extremely unfair, or says something that’s offensive or hurtful.

Beck – Viking word for Stream

Beck Jumping – The sport of jumping over becks to entertain yourself

Baccy – Tobacco

Black un – Drinking all day

Buzzin’ – Ecstatic

Battered – Confused, emotionally exhausted

“My heads battered”

Balastic – Crazy

“He just went propa balastic there like”

Bobby/ Bobbies – Police- from Robert (Bob) Peel – 1st police commissioner & founder of the police force

Beaut – Used as an insult

“Go away you little beaut”

Berra – Better

“You berra hurry up”

Bait – Packed Lunch, dinner

Budgies – Ill fitting trousers, trousers that are to short

Bongo–  A club found over the border

Boltic / Baltic– Freezing cold

Buhha – Butter

Baffs – Swimming Baths/Pool

Buh – But

Binjer – A cigarette end


Canny – Someone nice, pleasant.

Class – Very impressive

Chew – Bother

“I don’t want no chew tonight like”

Chuck – Throw

Chore – Friend, mate

Coggy/ Croggy – To catch a lift on someone’s bike

Champion / Champo – Brilliant, good

Chockablock /Chocka- Packed, full

Clemmy-  Stone / Lump of mud

Coz – Because

Canna – Can I

Claggy – Sticky

Cotters/ Cottery-  Knots in hair

Cocka/ Cock – Pet, chum, friend

“Ey up Cocka”

Crank – Idiot

Cack – Discusting, not very good

Clart /Klart– Muck

Codja–  Old Man/ Lady

Cut – Path leading through somewhere

Clamming – Hungry

Cadge – Borrow

Chuffed – Well pleased

Cob on–  Bad mood

Chorva – Best friend

Clout – Hit, strike


Devoed – Devastated

“I’was proper devoed me like.”

Dunno – Dont Know

Down Town – Visiting Middlesbrough centre

Duds – Pants, trousers

Doggie – Nickname for an area in Middlesbrough named North Ormesby

Doanah – Dont I?

Divvy/ Div/Doyle – Idiot

“Wha ya doin tha for ya divvy?”

Defos – Definitely

Deck – Threat to incapacitate someone

“‘I’ll deck him, me

Ding-  Idiot, fool

Do ya in – I will assault you

Dark End –  Nickname of an area named park end

Do One – Go away

Dump/ Docker – cigarette that’s been put out to save some for later

Darl – Shortened from the name darling, just overused in Middlesbrough


Eeee  – “Eeee, I can’t believe it.”

Ere / Eeya – Here, can I have your attention?

Ee’s– He’s

er- Her

Ed – Head

Ed the ball – Insult

“You’re a proper ed the ball you like”

Ey up – Hello or hold on, look what we have here

Ert– Hurt

Egg in a bun– Man that is going bald but has a nest of hair

Eh? – I beg your pardon


Fumin’ – Very angry

Fags – Cigarettes

Filum – Randomly adding a ‘U’ to the word ‘film’

Fadgie – A bun made with lard instead if butter


Gunna- Going to

Goosed – Shattered, really tired

Gadgie – Man, male

Get Lost– Stop teasing me

Gerrit-  Get it

Get in/ Get in there/ Gerrup – Pleased about something

“Get in, I’ve gorra day of work today”

Gereer – Get over here

Gizit-  Give me that

Geggs – Glasses, Spectacles


Hills – Eston Hills

“Im gunna go up the hills on ma bike”

Heavin – Really busy

Hacky – Dirty

Howay/ Awayy / Owayy– Come on

Howl – Laugh
“That proppa made me howl last night!”

Hammered– Incomprehensibly drunk


‘im- Him


Jokin arn ya?- That better not be true

Jafta – Do you have to

“Jafta do that?”

Janoaworramean? – ‘Do you understand what i am saying/talking about?’

Jizza – Social Security Giro


Kick off – Cause havoc

Kick right off – Cause lots of havoc

Knack – To hurt

My feet were knacking off those shoes”

Knackered – Really Tired

Kid – Refrence to a friend or mate

Knocky Knocky Ido, Knocka door run– Game of knocking on someones door and running away before the answer

Ket– Sweets

Keggie/ceggie – a bump or swelling (often on the head)


Laffin – Nice one, thats good

Lemon top – Ice cream with a tangy lemon top.

Ledge – A hero, Legend

Like – A meaningless word used as a filler in sentences

“ya know warra mean like”

Laterz – See you later

Looka – Excuse me, can I have your attention

Leccy – Electricity


Mufti Van- Police Van

Mam – Mum, Mom, Mother

Mint – Very good

“It’s proper mint that like.”

Minted – Have lots of money

Maftin – Boiling

Muppet – Idiot

Mucca/ Mush – Mate, Friend

Munter– Ugly

“Shes a right Munter”

Meff– Idiot

Minger /Minging – Something or someone that’s disgusting

Me – Used a lot at the end of a sentence

“I’m from Middlesbrough Me” “I love carpets me”

Manky– Filthy

Mert- Mate

Mortal – Very drunk

Mooch/ Mooching– Going out, exploring

“I’m going on a mooch”


Napper – Head

“That lass does my napper in”

Nor-  No

Nowt – Nothing

Necta– Amazing

Naff- Nothing

“We went all the way there for naff all”

Now then – Greeting, Hi everyone. How are you all?

Nick off – To skive, Play truant

Nits – Head lice eggs

Nash – Social Security office

Nithered – Cold

N Thaa – Randomly added to the end of a sentence

Nightmare – Unlucky

“That’s a nightmare that like”


Our – My, a family member

“Its’ our mams birthday today”

Our Lad/Our Lass – Other half, partner

Our ‘ouse – My house

Over the Border- The area of St Hilda’s arrived at by going under the railway tracks at the bottom of Albert Road (Home of the Bongo Club).

Ow – Excuse me

“Ow, where dya think your going?”

Ow Do- How are you doing

‘Ows about – ‘Think of it this way’

Orite – All is good, OK

“Is everything orite”

Offit- Mental, crazy

Owt – Anything

“Do you want owt from the shop?”

Owee In – Come in

Orr eeya- Usually said in frustration

Orr eeya, I cant be doing with this like”

Our Kid – Brother

Oggy/ Hoggy – Lift

“Do you fancy giving us a oggy over that wall”

Oggy Raiding – Taking peoples apples from their garden without permission

Our End – The area that I live in

We don’t have one of those round our end”


Parmo / Parmesan A breaded cutlet dish originating in Middlesbrough

Proper/ Proppa – Very much

Pilla – Pillow

Pattie- Potato, battered and fried, usually with fish.

Pigbag – Matchday song for Middlesbrough FC

Packitin – Stop it

Paraletic – Basically means being so drunk you can’t walk or talk properly

Plaggy Bagging/ Polly Bagging – The sport of riding down hills in the snow

Plaggy – Plastic, fake

Parky – Park attendant

Peggin – Someone who steals clothes from watching lines


Quality – Very good

“It was a quality night.”


Righto – Okay then.

Ripped Off – A product or service that is overpriced or of poor quality- An act of exploitation.

Rank/ Rammy – Disgusting

Radged – Mental, Crazy

Rammed – Busy, Full


Smoggie – A Person originating from Teeside, Apparently the original Smoggie term comes from the smoke from the Dorman Long, and other industrial works on the Tees (knocked down years ago and where the Riverside Stadium is) Shortened from original nickname of “Smog monster.”

Sound – Good

Proper sound that like”

Stoppy Back – Extra drinking time in a pub after closing time

Scran – Food

Scunner – A person withno moral background

“He’s a right scunner.”

Shockin – Out of order

Scrounged/ Scrounger- A person who tries to get something for nothing/or a person that is greedy/will not share

Shot – Throw, hoy, chuck

“Shot those things in the car for us”

Sly Off – To sneak off

Scraps– Bits of leftover batter usually sprinkled over on chips

Summat – Something

Snidey – Sly, fake

Spot on – just right

Swear down/ Swear to god – I’m honest

“I swear down on our mam’s life.”

Slaggy Island – Area in Boro named South bank, it was nicknamed Slaggy island as it was surrounded by slag heaps

Smashun – Smashing, Great

Sket – Dirty Girl

ShitHot – Brilliant

Sozzard – Though a shortening of a phrase of the ilk ‘Sorry there hard man’, it is often meant sarcastically and derogatorily, and is used against someone making a unbelievably rubbish and/or pointless point

Skank/Skanky- Dirty (often ascribed to women)

“She’s a right skank”

Scut /Scutty –  Dirty, unclean, unwashed

Scally– A naughty/undesirable type- usually a youth.

Skivvy– Servant

“I am not your skivvy”


Tara – Bye

Tahoo – Tattoo

Toggyender – Kicking a ball with the toes

Tarzy – A rope hanging over a tree used as a swing

“We made a tarzy up the hills today”

Tattie – Potato

Tarm – Time

Taxed – Pinched, Stolen

Torchered – Harrased, teased

Twat – Hit, Strike, To physically assault

Toasted – To be beaten by an opponent

You just got toasted on FIFA there like”

Touched – Mentally disturbed

“You’re touched you like”

Tan – Get a lift on someones bike (see also Croggy/Coggy)

Tekking – Taking

“He’s tekking the micky now”

Turned round – Used to describe what was said during an argument

” She turned round and said to me……”. “I turned round and told him to…..”

Two Dog – Two Litres of cider

Twocka – A person who takes things that do not belong to them

Tranies – Training shoes

Tret – The way someone has been treated

“I tret our mam to tea last night”


Us – Me

Pass us that salt please”


The Van – Mobile shop

“D’ya wan owt off the van??


Wod – Pile of cash

Wrecked – Extremely drunk

Wouldja dare – Something you wouldn’t do

“Wouldja dare be you.”

Worritisright- ‘This is how it is’ , Used to start a conversation that usually results in ‘chew’

Woppa – Insult

“You’re a proper whoppa you, arn ya?”

Winda – Window

Wahha – Water

Worra – What a

“Worra load of rubbish


Young’un – Somebody younger than yourself usually your child/brother/sister

Yous – You people

Ya’d – You had

Yonks – Ages

Yer wha? – “I’m sorry, I never quite heard you there”

463 thoughts on “Middlesbrough (Smoggie) Translation

      1. ‘bairn” I remember my Nanna using. And my Aunt used to call me ‘chicken’

      2. this is brill! i’m at wolverhampton uni and most the things i say i have to repeat myself or give a definition!
        Giz it – give us it
        tab – cigarette
        owee ‘en – come on then

    1. And therein lies the difference between Stockton and Boro. Stockton in some cases can be closer to the Durham ‘u’ where shirt = ‘shurt’ instead of the Boro ‘shert’. Depends on your family background like…

      1. Ppl from Stockton pronouncing curry as ‘Kerry’ is a crime against the English language

        Also s’tn-ers callin it bOro is awful lol

  1. I was born and bred in boro, live in Southampton now, neighbours knock the door, i shout “owee in”, they just stand there, i have to go and answer it,,,,,and another one,” sad as”, upsetting, bad news, or being out of order.

      1. This confuses the hell out of Kiwis! I’m new Zealand (11 years) and they still avent got the hang of this, still werkin on it like!

    1. Gadgee in Redca’ always said that like lol Freddy the piss head. “ere lads, watch ya dont slip in that shite” whilst pushing an armchair round the high street

  2. What about “who yer talkin to?”
    Or “Wudja dare tho”
    Or when you’re frustrated “Orrr ‘ere!!”

  3. Brilliant! How’s about…

    Chew – that was a right chew on / couldn’t be doin with the chew / what a chewy *%#*

    Chockablock – it’s chocka in ere / ed’s chocka

  4. “Proppa laughed me head off with this like” lol

    How about
    Nash/Soash = Social security office

    Bewer = A woman facially challenged “proppa bewer er like”

    Chore = friend/mate

    Filum = randomly adding the “U” in our pronunciation of Film

    ….Cant wait to see how this goes!

  5. how about “Toasted” – to be bested by an opponent
    e.g “ya just got toasted on FIFA there like!”

  6. one of me mam’s favorites is Afta – as in ” I’l afta do that” or “I’l afta sort it out” im sure she made the word up

    1. Your mam didn’t make it up… I’ll do it “afta” / I’ll do it later and I’ll “afta” do that / I’ll “have to” do that…

  7. Me like – used at the end of a sentence

    ” I can’t be doing with that me like”

    ” buzzin me like”

  8. Very funny!! What about ‘what yer on about?’ (what do you mean?) and ‘ya know wor I mean, like?’ (do you understand?)

  9. Munter = Ugly “She’s a right munter!”
    Minger, Minging = Someone or something that’s gross
    This is canny good as it is like, cracking job!

  10. What about “smashun”= bloody great as in:
    awww that’s smashun that like
    Me nan used to say everything was smashun ha ha
    Keep up the good work 😉 xxxx

  11. just say the days of the week….. normaly gets most people looking at you with bewilderment

  12. ‘shithot’ proper class, well mint, etc.

    ‘Kooshty’ same as above

    ‘sket’ dirty lass, tramp, minger

    ‘doggin’ ugly, minging eg- she’s proper doggin’

  13. Needs turnip explaining! I sent my husband out for ‘turnip’ when we first moved in together and he brought me a daft white bulb, I was proper radged ( he’s from Bristol)

  14. Think you have missed ‘Away then!’ Brilliant phrase that means stopping a fight (away then lads, calm down), or trying to start one (away then, I will knock your block off). Also means get a move on or lets go.

  15. How about ‘bray’…… in “I was brayin’ on the door”. None of the Southerners at uni understood what it meant.

  16. Me and my grandma love this , you don’t realise half the things you say until you analyse it like this . My grandma has a correction / addition she said Coggy is Croggy as in cross bar. This is great !

  17. You have missed the required beginning to any statement:
    The amount of times I have heard that as a start to a conversation and therefore knew it was going to end in “chew” 😉

    1. The replies are all hilarious, but this one made me cry and I had to phone my husband to tell him, but I couldn’t say it for squeaking with laughter! Absolutely brilliant!!! He’s American and I’ve attempted over the last 10 years to educate him in the ways of North Eastern speech, but he’s still struggling 🙂 he tries to add “me” on the end, but doesn’t get that even that has a correct way 🙂 did you get “champyun”? I don’t know if I missed it 🙂 thanks so much for this, it’s fabulous 🙂 I saw one for Hull and that made me laugh enough, but this is far superior 🙂 there are some words that I’d never heard… I know an American who is coming to Middlesbrough, I’m going to send him this,
      to give him half a chance of knowing what people are talking about! 🙂

  18. Skiprat !! Unclean person or general bag ed type. Like most of em here in Doggy are !!! “doggy” North Ormesby, knows as Doggy for the massive amount of dog shit all over the place ! And has been for years

  19. Haha this is class!!
    plaggy baggin-sliding down hills in snow on carrier bags
    Touched-mentally disturbed ‘your touched you like’
    Nab-top of the hills
    Heavin-packed ‘its heavin in there’

  20. This is amazing!

    How about: “Ayaz” when you hurt yourself.

    “Ayaz – gerroff us! That proper knacks that!”

    1. It’s more like iya = that hurt, I would never say say it ending with the z, but that might just round our end

    1. Some from teaching in the Boro –
      Jafta (Do you have to…)
      Tward (It’s too hard for me)
      A wuddnt dare, me (Don’t ask me to do that)

  21. It mad how smoggies soak other languages, were a mix of everything (like craic is Irish) also I hear Bint = Lass a lot, should go on the list

    1. Worritisrite is u need to gi ur ed a shake n av a wurd wi urself cos u doin my napper in like wi all ya nitpikun. Nobhed!

      Hehe 🙂

  22. Too right!! Ha ha love this! Ayazz- instead of ow. Ayaazzz that knacked!! And Mertle the Perple Tertle or Cerb me alloy is what my mates get me to say for a proper boro accent! Xxx

  23. Missing:
    ‘Haweh’ — Come on
    “Haweh boro!”
    ‘Naughty’ — cheap/vile
    “That’s naughty as that like”

    but otherwise the list’s proper bang on like!
    Thanks for doing this, I live down south now and my girlfriend is a southerner: Now they might understand me a bit better!

    1. Ower for anything really (although I would say it was Owa with a flat a rather that er ) – Owa Mam / Owa Dad / Owa Lass / Owa Lad

  24. You forgot beaut meaining dick head. Whoppa meaning dick head and not only me on the end of comments, its ME LIKE. Im country girl who used to go out with a boro lad and actually picked up this fantastic twang 🙂

  25. That was class that!
    Live down in Devon now & work in Darrrsett (Dorset) but love hearing the accent when we get the grockles in (grockles is a south west term of endearment for tourists/visitors)

    1. Ha I moved to Devon a year ago & my neighbour said we were grockles but we told them we can’t be cos we live here now we arn’t visitors lol. I was brought up near Sunderland for 20 years but lived in Stockton for over 25 years so I have a well dodgy accent now, it’s all mixed up lol, so parts of the translations are propa smoggie & some propa Geordie, made me smile though.

      My dad used to say “shut ya fyess orall knock ya block (head) off” = “shut your face or I will knock your block (head) off” & me mam would say “aall dad ya lugs” = ” I will clip you around the ears” (but then that was probs more Geordie than smoggie.

      My bairns who were brought up in Stockton would say things like
      “seen that chav owa there lyke with eez socks arf way up eez kegs” = “have you seen that scruffy fellow over there like with his socks half way up his trousers” (though the word for a chav was originally a townie), and Kegs can also mean undercrackers/underpants.

  26. I have two belters me like! 1) Sozzard – though a shortening of a phrase of the ilk ‘Sorry there hard man’, it is often meant sarcastically and derogatorily, and is used against someone making an unbelievably shit and/or pointless point. 2) Fadge – as in ‘breakfast fadge’ – a word used at the Salty shops (perhaps elsewhere) to denote a large floured bap filled with greasy breakfast delights. Often misused as a humorous play on words, based on the question ‘i’d proper love one of ya breakfast fadgies me like love’, and often coupled with a cheeky wink and a retort of ‘uh’ by a disgusted and frankly bored shitless bakery attendant.

  27. Bairns / kids – meaning children
    Smack Rat – Druggie / someone who uses drugs ” fucking smack rat”
    Scutty/ scutter – scruffy. “Ee’s a right Scutty git im like”
    Minger-ugly / dirty/scruffy person ” she’s a right minger er like ”
    im – him
    er – her
    ee’s – he’s

    Tekkin – taking ” ee’s tekkin the piss im like”

  28. Ding –
    “Proper radged in the ‘ead you like, ya ding”.

    Mert –
    “Ow mert, you seen them doyles down the beck?”

    And my personal favourite…


  29. Did anyone mention “Top Notch” or is that a national term? Them trainnies are top notch. Also Napper as in head. That lass dun my napper right in.

      1. I’m from artlepool (no h’s ere) and we played nicky nocky nine door. And curry is cerry, end of. Rarfs.

  30. This is class ….lol
    From Boro now living in Derbyshire…annoying thing down here is locals can’t tell the difference between ‘Coke’ and ‘Cork’ because of our accent!!

    1. I was out in stoke and had to get my friend from Manchester to order my drink coz the lass at the bar had no idea what I was saying when I said a coke… Didn’t realise my accent was that bad!

      1. The exact same thing happened to me in Liverpool… I ended up having to say the word in a Scouse accent so the bar attendant understood me! It must be a North West thing…like.

      2. Iam from Stockton on tees and now living in Rugby West Midlands.Ihad the same trouble asking for a coke.I repeated it three times even spelling it out.Finally he asked another barman to serve me.Felt like a leper.Lol.

  31. brill dictionary btw!! got some mint boro words there!!
    wrecked/mortal – drunk
    head the ball – insult/name calling
    fruit loop – insult/namecalling
    canna – canna go to your loo plz?
    ill do ya in – batter ya/fill ya in
    berra – orr a berra go coz a need to pick the kidz up

    hope u can add these soon xx

  32. I’m from the States,and my wife from,”Boro” first time said to me,”What are you Playing at?!”,I looked around and said,”Mmm I’m not playing,lol!

  33. Bura – Boro
    As tits – phrase used to describe the extreme of something

    ‘hot as tits today like’

    Ey up – hello

  34. ow about pilla as in pillow or al ave (i will have ) de ya (do you ) ert (hurt) and down ere in devon i get lafed at cos i say quer not cure or sumat like that any ow oh and poka not poker

  35. Haven’t heard or thought of any of this in over 26 years, made me homesick. lol just thought of one…claggy…meaning sticky There used to be a pub in Boro called the Claggy Matt. anyone remember that?

      1. cant remember the name but I always thought it was the one round the corner from the Maddison, where you used to go downstairs to it, just opposite the town hall.

      1. Billy Pauls, blazers are the only ones I can think of that where around the corner from Madison and you went downstairs.

      1. Mandy’s was round the corner from the Madison, and burned down in the 80’s. We thought they were being funny when they re-named it “Blaizes”.

      2. Ha ha! A bowling alley burnt down twice- mysteriously – as well. Middlesbrough Mafia? Or just someone wanting the compo!

  36. Surely it should be ‘tinnies’ instead of cans for cans of lager…

    Also, how about “…and tha.” at the end of a sentence instead of saying etc!

  37. Haven’t used some of these in years but ….
    Twoc – Taking without owners consent, is one i always used!
    This is brilliant just moved down to somerset and sometimes they need a translation so this should help 🙂

  38. Janoaworramean? meaning ‘Do you understand what i am saying/talking about? Usually followed by like…janoaworramean like?

  39. ‘n thaa…meaning ‘and that’. Usually stuck on the end of a sentence for no apparent reason?…janoaworramean ‘n thaa?

  40. I’m from down south so when I moved to Middlesbrough I didn’t understand cottery ( don’t know if I’m spelling that right) meaning ‘hair is really knotty’.

  41. Not sure if this is a Boro thing or not but… ‘Chav/Chavvy’ – One who might not be as posh as the next person. A ‘Jeremy Kyle Show’ guest if you will. “She’s propa chavvy ‘er like”.

    Oh, how about… ‘and stuff/’n stuff’ – used pointlessly at the end of a sentence, especially when talking about what one has done that day. “Just had a few tins, got mortled n’ stuff”, or “A’ve been down town ‘n stuff”.

  42. Got a funny look when I thanked a colleague at work for the ‘nosh’ (meaning food down south) they had to explain, never let me forget that!

  43. This is fantastic, well done 🙂
    “turned round” used to describe what was said during an argument – ” she turned round and said to me……”. “I turned round and told him to…..”.

  44. “scrounger/scrounged” a person who tries to get something for nothing/or a person that is greedy/will not share.

  45. Bait – packed lunch or the like

    “Just made us some bait for tommorra like”

    Pikelets – often used wrongly when referring to crumpets as pikelets are often flatter and more like a pancake

    Cock – pet/chum/mate

    “Ey up cock, how ya doin?”


    Pease pudding

    Dark End – slang term for a Park End in Middlesbrough

    1. Pease pudden – always eaten with ‘ducks’ as in ducks’n’pease. Generally bought from Newboulds!

      1. I remember going to Scotland and taking some pease pudding with me for them to try as they had never heard of it !!! Then they said ,oh it is made of peas hence name pease pudding lol.

  46. “I said” repeatedly in the same sentence, when telling a conversational story. For example – “I said to ‘im I said don’t you talk to me like that I said, who do ye think yer talkin’ to I said!”

  47. You forgot to mention how we put the letter ‘e’ where the letter ‘o’ is supposed to be at times. For example; Today I went to werk in my perple shert on the werky site and ripped it on a gerder.

  48. So funny hopefully people may be able to catch my drift now!
    What about clattered as in he didn’t half get clattered there he took a right pastin.
    Me Mam clouted us round the lug for being a pain.

  49. How about ‘boshed’? i.e,my head was absolutely boshed/boshed in.

    or abso, as in I was abso devo’ed.

    youse,as in youse went to the shop without me
    yer doing ma head in-youre annoying me

    scratter-scruffy person
    the bongo-no explanation needed
    berger-burger she was torchering me.
    spaz-she had a right spaz/spaz fit.
    scunner-either an ugly/scruffy person.

  50. nowt – nothing.
    porto clarancio – ”im going on holiday this year to porto clarancio” – meaning going nowhere but ‘port clarence’ which is boro docks.
    bobby-bobbies = police – from robert(bob) peel – 1st police commisioner & founder of the police force.
    ‘do i eckers like!’ = no way! never!
    ello – hello
    zilch= zero / nothing
    good stuff keep it up…eboxxx

  51. aw way i say to my son,meaning hurry up haha only relzed i said it cause the women in leeds looked at me funny

  52. Battered = confused e.g. My ‘eads proper battered
    Duds = trousers
    Dut = hat
    Mortalled = incomprehensibly drunk
    Hammered = incomprehensibly drunk
    Skank/skanky = dirty (often ascribed to women) e.g. She’s a right skank
    Scut/Scutty = dirty, unclean, unwashed e.g. That lad’s a right scut
    Lappish = lovely e.g. They’re proper lappish them sausages
    Areyeravinalaff? = Are you playing some kind of unfunny joke on me?
    Spark yer out = assault e.g. Any more chew and I’ll spark yer out
    Nowt = nothing
    Owt = something/anything e.g. Q. Are yer up to owt later A. Nah, nowt me like
    Yer wha? = I’m sorry, I never quite heard you there, my good man
    Mental = a variety of uses e.g. 1. Last night was mental (a good night out) 2. Yer mental you (an idiot)
    Wrecked = tired, worn out
    Bewt = fantastic (can be used both sincerely and sarcastically)

  53. I live in Northallerton so we have a bit of boro influence here. My favourite 2 are ‘yer egg in bun’ and ‘yer doyle’, both easy going ways of calling someone daft 🙂 in fact ‘yer doyle’ is legendary!

  54. Loads of stuff coming to mind now sat here giggling to myself here’s a few more for consideration
    Get some scran- Have some food
    Don’t stand in that Dog cack- mind the dog poo
    That’s cack- not very good
    He copped a right smack in the puss-
    He was hit hard in the face
    Fizzog- mush/face
    Eh- I beg your pardon
    Do one- go away
    A won’t be a minute arm just puttin me kecks on- give me a moment I am just pulling my trousers on

    I will be be back with more Smoggyrisms 🙂

  55. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all that. I’ve been in Australia for 35 years and still get teased about my accent !!! I still say ‘cotters’ for knots in hair, daft sod, shite, and lots of other colourful stuff that I have to keep explaining. Well done… made my day !!!

  56. Budgied – trousers don’t fit
    ‘seen how budgied his trousers are’ or
    ‘seen er budgies’
    Haha love this site!

  57. Some fantastic words and sayings! I’ll add them all in there this morning and add a bit about the way we pronounce words! Thank you all for your help! I appreciate every comment! This just shows how proud us Smoggies are xxx

    1. What about … Rammin it In – eating in a hurried manner “he was starving him like he was rammin it in”

      Ram it you – shut up please

  58. old codga – old man, or even she looks like a codga
    bollocks – dont believe ya
    canya – can you
    ya berra like – you had better do it
    cudya – can you
    tekkin – taking
    shit bag – putting someone down
    oggy raiding – to take apples from someones tree without permission
    geggs – glasses
    parky – park attendant
    giv ovva – dont believe you

    me mam used to always pull me up about me accent and she used to always say I talked like a teessider. Then she would say this is how you sound – me farther werked in the werks building steel gerders wiv is wellies on. Not sure why she used that phrase.

    great fun, great reading, and well done 🙂

  59. Cut – path through the estate. My mums a southerner and thought this was a beck or river.
    wh da they call ya? – what’s your name

  60. Owwer the border……..area over the main railway land, between it and the river.
    Buhha…..butter, Wahha…..water

  61. Great article and lovely blog. As a Teesside ex-pat who has not been back for many years, it brought back some wonderful memories. “Owee In” – reminds me of my Nanna.

  62. what about “docker” and “dump” a bit of a cigarette saved for later ?

    absolutly love this keep it up nothing quite explains our accent like this hahaha

  63. Ya plaggy Baggin is Polly Baggin…..Taken from the name of a plant in ICI……The Polipropaline Plant. The Bags used to hold the tiny plastic pellets were nicked by the workers an given to the kids to go POLLY BAGGIN on the hills when it snowed.

  64. Boro born and bred, started in Cannon Street and moved to The Butchers (Ack a Lamb – Acklam) when they knocked it down.

    I remember:
    Knicky Knocky I Doe -knocking on someone’s front door and running away.

    Scrumping – pinching apples

    Over the border – The area of St Hilda’s arrived at by going under the railway tracks at the bottom of Albert Road (Home of the Bongo Club).

    Getting a tan – Getting a lift in someone’s bike (or two’s up).

    Going to the Village – Going to Linthorpe Village (the area at the top of Linthorpe Road).

    Parky – A park attendant (eg Albert Park).

    Old Mans Garden – Victoria Park outside the main library.

    Little point, the original Smoggie term comes from the smoke from the Dorman Long, and other industrial works on the Tees (knocked down years ago and where the Riverside Stadium is).

    Fadgie – A bun made with lard instead if butter.

    Dippin bread – using a slice if bread to dip into lamb or beef fat straight after the joint comes out of the oven.

    Parmo – This was originally beaten out pork loin, dipped in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. Fried then topped with bechamel sauce and cheese and put in the oven. You can only now get chicken parmos due to halal. The pork one tasted sooo much better.

    Pattie – a slice of fish. Sandwiched between two slices of potato, battered and fried.

    Div – An idiot. (Yorra right div!).

    Nanna – Grandmother

    Man, I miss the Boro.

  65. How about ‘mind’ at the end of a sentence as a filler/warning e.g. “Watch how you talk to her she’s a bit mental mind”.

    Also kooshty is most definitely not northern – it’s cockney and we borrowed it, sorry.

  66. We used to have a tramp in Normanby/Eston and we always used to call him the “nipper”. Always called tramps that since.
    Its not very PC but we used to always refer to people that were rubbish at sport or a bit daft as a “spaz”.
    Also say “an tha” at the end of sentences i.e. “Av jus bin watchin tele and tha”.

  67. Gunna build a bogey – to construct a go-cart from varying materials including old pram wheels & “scaffy” (scaffolding) boards acquired from building sites etc.

  68. I don’t know if anyone else has mentioned it, as your post has gone stratospheric, but one thing I never here anywhere else is “baltic”, meaning cold.

    Eg. “I’m stayin’ in, it’s proper baltic out there!”

  69. yourjokingarentya- should be added if it hasn’t already…..means ” You can not be serious, don’t be so stupid” 😉

    Example:- “Are you from Newcastle?”…….”Yourjokingarntya!!!”

  70. Did you forget ‘Aye’ for Yes? First thing I had to lose when I moved darn sarth coz everytime I said it in agreement they would repeat themselves thinking I’d said Eh? Annoyin!

  71. Great list! I lived in Dark End from Birth until 17. And have been in London the last 30yrs. Miss Boro. How about:
    Clammin – hungry. “I’m clammin me like”
    Akki – dirty. “Look at yooz ands. They’re akki”. Not really sure about the spelling of this word though! Lol

  72. wo-ya-doin’ – what are you doing?
    wo-ya-on-about? – what are you talking about?
    aya – are you?

    I notice crazy ones all the time you don’t think about much when you’re taking to people from the boro.
    When I’m talking to foreigners on skype I have to try really hard to pronounce H’s.

  73. Gereer you orral knuckle ya – often heard in Tesco’s when a mother is calling her wandering child back to her….
    Chuffed – well pleased
    Chorva – best friend
    worra load a’ shite – you’re talking rubbish (or the Boro after failing to get promotion ….. again!)

  74. “proper Elish / cushty” = fantastic darling. Hahaha
    “that’s class tha like” = as above 🙂

  75. Aye,yer berra do an’all = a warning from your parents meaning.. I’m glad you have chosen to do as you are told

  76. Some thoughts….

    Tits up – its all gone wrong

    Baltic – very cold

    Little get – someone annoying (replace little with your favourite Insult, Profanity, metaphor)

    Sticking ‘az or as’ at the end of an expression for no apparent reason. ‘Funny as’, ‘skinny as’, ‘fat as’, ‘daft as’, ‘thick as’, ‘mint as’, ‘skint as’

    ‘The Ground’ – Riverside Stadium

    Skank – promiscuous person

    Skint – no money

    Tats – tattoos

    Lanky – tall

    Midgies – ‘move it left a midgies’ – short for midgies dick. A tiny amount.

    Also using double adjectives in sentences….. “Tiny little”, “big massive”

  77. Gollyookin – A contraction of “golf ball looking”. The practice by yunguns of searching bushes near golf courses for balls (to sell back to the club) and pornography (to keep).

  78. I’m a Boro lass,born in Victoria Road,shouting distance of Ayresome Park…. but I lived in Bristol for a short time and was asked by a woman in the park one day “why do you keep telling your dog to go ‘away’ when you want it to follow you…. ??” lol 😀

  79. GREAT list.

    Yep 3 that stand out for me as missing and peculiarly Boro are..

    Dinner Nanny – for Dinner Lady
    Kappa Slapper – Chav
    Doyle – for idiot.

    Lived in London for 15 years now and those 3 are the ones nobody ever gets.

  80. A great read i moved from the Boro in 1995 to london brought back a lot of memories.
    what about( gerra out the road ) as in move out my way please.

  81. i now live down south ! but its great that you’ve done this list – wish it had been around when i first moved here 30yrs ago and no one could understand me
    what about
    kecks – trousers
    Sneck – door latch – put the sneck on – meaning lock the door for the night

  82. Born and bred in Middlesbrough aswell but i recently moved to Durham and although subtle, i can notice the difference accents and dialect.

    Laggy Band – Elastic Band
    Meking – Making “What are you meking for tea”
    Ya’ – You
    Bovvered – Bothered “I’m not even bovvered me”

    Hahaha, this is brilliant.

  83. Character – a strange individual with unusual features/characteristics. ” some right characters in ‘ere like”

  84. Great list, though some of those are used elsewhere in the country.
    You should have tret meaning treated, as in ” I can’ believe he tret me tha way” and pump meaning fart.

  85. What about ‘giz yer gorker’? when kids would ask you for your apple core, and’ giz yer binn-jer’- meaning the end of your fag.

  86. This is mint
    keep yer neb out – stop being nosey
    bottle o dog – newcastle brown ale
    nipper – half smoked fag
    naw tho – I did not
    I think the word gadgy comes from an old word for the nightwatchman

  87. Missing some vital ones ere …

    Billog – billingham
    Parmo- the greatest northern scran ever invented.

  88. Owee! Wear yer werkin, you, like! An old expression used when someone obstructs you. It originated in the shipyards (Furness’s, Head Wrightsons, Craig and Taylor’s etc) when men of various trades were trying to work in the same confined spaces.

  89. Quite a lot of this is dialect not specific to Middlesbrough, or terms I’ve never heard before, and I’m from Boro. Otherwise, it’s not bad.

  90. I didn’t read all the comments so you might already have these:
    Allies – marbles
    Bongie/steely/fiver – Metal marble (ball bearings)
    Docker – prostitute, from the women who used to hang around the docks looking for “business”

  91. Scraps- small pieces of friend batter served with fish and chips (caused me bother when I moved to newcastle- they call it batta and had not idea what I wanted!)
    Scally- An naughty/undesirable type- usually a youth.
    Scallywag- Milder than scally, likely to be a child and more cheeky than naughty.
    Twocka- A person who takes things that do not belong to them.

  92. I’ve thought of some more:
    Binjer/nipper – The half a cigarette you’ve “nipped” for later
    The Navvi – The Navigation pub in Doggy
    The Baths – Any swimming pool.

  93. Definitely nailed it! 🙂 I’m from the homeland and go to Lincoln University where not that many people understand some of the terms I use!
    You might want to add these…
    ‘A-too’ – Leaving things a little bit open, “Just close that door a-too, pet.”
    ‘Bap’ – A white bread bun, “Going to make me self some baps and bacon.”
    ‘Bitch-pop’ – An alcohopop (a WKD or A VK), “I’ve not drank that much tonight, just some bitch pops.”
    ‘Howl’ – Laugh, “That proppa made me howl last night!”
    ‘Scene-Green’ – The grass land around Mimi Art Gallery in Middlesbrough, everyone I know used to call it that!
    I had loads more but they’ve just gone out of my head!

  94. Right cob on – in a mood
    In a wobbler- in a mood
    Hissy fit – in a temper
    Fanny fit – in a temper
    In a radge – in a mood
    Having a gob on – in a mood
    Spark out – to knock out
    Twoc – to steal
    Going for a slash – having a wee
    Down town – Middlesbrough
    Get – git

  95. What about “Jen” – noun.

    Describes the word “gossip”

    Example: ” So, are you gonna give us the Jen on them two?”
    = are you going to tell us all the gory details about those two?”

  96. What about panackalty, posh people call it corned beef stew! Staple diet as a kid when going round nannas soaked up with a fadgie

  97. Bit older: skelp. As in, “Come ‘ere yer little get, or I’ll give yer arse a skelpin'”

    “Now then!” – the standard Teesside greeting

    Boshing – very angry indeed
    (see also radgy, and thus also radged and having a radge)
    Related – “‘ow, don’t gerra benny on”

    “Give yer ‘ead a shake” or “‘Ave a werd with yerself” – perhaps you might like to reconsider

  98. You – indiscriminately adding it to the end of a sentence as in “what yer on”

    Dafflad – an idiot as in “what yer on about you..dafflad?”

    Monged – drunk

    Julie – an attractive lady

    Nosh – oral sex

    Balastic – crazy as in “he’s just went propa balastic..there like”

    There like – indiscriminately adding it to the end of a sentence as in “he’s just went propa balastic..there like”

    Well – indiscriminately adding it to the beginning of an adjective as in “well-bad or well-fast”

    Wellard – to describe a tough person

    Me like – indiscriminately adding it to the end of a sentence as in “i was propa like”

    Butchas – a look as in “gizza butchas at that”

  99. Toggyender – kicking a ball with the toes of the foot

    Slappa – an easy lay

    Skeg – a look as in “gizza skeg at that”

    Lastoffs – the final one or two drags off a cigarette

    Div – an idiot

    Skank – a jeremy kyle type

  100. How about “curbie” as in passing time as a kid by throwing a ball over your head (throw in style) and trying to bounce it off a curb.

    “Shuddering udders” – as in a lady with large breasts walking briskly down the street (I heard a mate of mine say it – the next words were “ow “.. “Get off”… “Don’t hit the face” as she “twatted” him!

  101. Doing my ‘ed in….annoying me as in “she was proper doing my ‘ed in”

    Radged….mad person

    Candles….a child with lines of snot coming from their nose

  102. ‘Myther’. To bother someone as in ‘stop mytherin me’
    ‘A wobbler’. Be extremely upset as in ‘she threw a wobbler’. Also ‘dicky fit’
    ‘Leccy’. Electricity

  103. This is Awesome! I have a couple of suggestions like:
    Reeks – Smells really bad
    I’m only joshin’- I’m only joking
    Are ya kiddin’ me? – Are you joking with me?
    love our smoggie accent and dialect 🙂

  104. What about the tendency to confuse lending and borrowing. As in “Ey will ya borrow us a fag coz ‘ave just run out of ’em”.

    1. In people my dad’s age (he’s 71), it was common to use “folly” and “borry” for follow and borrow, from down Marsh Road and Cannon Street, where he first lived.

  105. shreddies aka underpants I was given a right hard time on a singles holiday about using that! the best laugh was on googling it,shreddies are actually a brand of incontinent underpants,so needless to say I will never use it re my “boxer shorts” again.

  106. This is in no way a reflection of my lifestyle, but:

    Start/Started – picking a fight: “ere, that mad head just started me.”

    Jump/Jumped – to attack suddenly: “Shocking that, our Sister getting jumped like.”

    Brey/Breyed – to beat someone up: “Our Dad could brey your Dad all over.”

    Also, the grammatical style of missing out the first word (or more) of a sentence to make it sound more Boro like.

    i.e. “what are you doing?” becomes “doing you?” and “that is shocking isn’t it?” becomes “shocking tha like!”

  107. Just a thought, is the phrase “leg-over” just from the Boro, or is it all over the North?
    Also, remembered using “pollatick” meaning really drunk or legless when I was in my 20s.

  108. Another!

    “Tho” : see “like” – a sentence filler of no meaning or value, other than to emphasise the whining nature of what e’re saying
    “Orr, Buttawant one of those tho….” “what we gonna do tho?”

  109. Kirby: ball game

    The Van: mobile shop. “d’ya wan owt off the van??”

    Offdoor: off license. ” getting some cans from the offdoor, me like”

    Bondi Night: bonfire night

    Peggin: Someone who steals clothes from watching lines…

    Rarrff: Idiot “Proppa rarrff ‘im like”

    Worserra: The worst thing that ever happened….it was worserra than that.

  110. What about ‘yous’ or ‘use’?

    Are yous coming out later? Usually aimed at your group of friends or couples!

    Great site by the way, hilarious!

  111. Snatta – Chav.
    Jonka – thick git that thinks he’s hard
    Missing out have ie ,’I seen’ and ‘I done’
    More about pronunciation of the accent that words:
    pronounce ‘o’ and ‘u’ by sticking your jaw out and forming an o with your lips gives you the deep vowel sound eg bus.
    smile as you say your ‘e’ eg werk and shert
    ‘a’ is nearly always short and commonly used instead of ‘er’ at the end of a word eg shorta

  112. living in the south now, one thing that I find people pick up on is… ‘Bu’ pronounced as but without the ‘t’. used to start or end a exclamation/question. BU I’m off to town. I’m off to town BU.

    1. That would be because we “drop our H’s” in Middlesbrough i.e. ere – here, ouse – house, and in my case I’m know to some family members as Ellen.

  113. You comin te the baffs today
    (Are you coming swimming)

    edd the ball
    (Someone who annoys you)

    (Are you getting?)


    Council pop
    Thats all i can think of for now i sorry if ive wrote whats already there x

  114. Starting every sentence with “Ear”
    Couple off – a few drags of a fag / ciggie
    “Ear, giz a couple off that fag”

  115. What abouts “Trett” as past tense of treat, as in “He/She Trett me like rubbish.” or “The. Doctor Trett me for a dose ah got off a skank ah met in the booza “

  116. “Look at this” or “let me show you” = “Lucka”

    E.g. “She’s posted this on Facebook LUCKA!”

    Or, “Lucka, you do it like this….”

  117. In Boro to be called ‘bonny’ is a good thing as it means ‘pretty’ but beware calling someone ‘bonny’ in the North West as over here it means ‘plump/overweight’….. Can be a huge error!

  118. In Stockton I’ve heard older people say stuff like:

    The Red Rec – recreation ground

    Go and get stood on – get lost, do one.

    Not sure if this applies to burra.

  119. I am from Middlesbrough and my husband from Seaham and we live in the South and have kids who speak with a Southern accent – they think it’s hilarious to mock the way we say potatoes “p’taters” and know that the way to get round me is to call me “Mam”.

  120. ‘Pennack’ – bastardised form of ‘Penalty’, as in ‘That’s a pennack, that is’, or ‘Pennack! Pennack!’
    ‘Deck’ – threaten to incapacitate someone, for example ‘I’ll deck him, me’
    ‘Funny as f**k’ – that is sufficiently amusing that I am compelled to swear
    ‘Talkin to me, or chewin a brick’ – an insult (insulting a someone’s speech)
    ‘Daft c**t’ – used to aggressively rebuke someone, and (perversely) to express mild disapproval and / or affection, for example ‘Ow, daft c**t’ or ‘yor a daft c**t, you like’
    ‘Hard as’ – prone to violence / a capable fighter, for example ‘e’s hard as, him like’
    ‘Mentle’ – a situation or concept that is difficult to comprehend, as in ‘how good is that, that’s mentle’

  121. This is amazing! My friends at uni find it so hard to understand me so they just nod and smile! I can now show them this and then can understand me 😀

    The 2 that I thought of were;
    The green- as in the grassy area ourside of the Library near Mima

    Chewy- as in chewing gum or a person being annoying and awkward. “Whatcha been chewy for?”

  122. Binjer . A cigarette end usually discarded in the street and picked up by a person down on his luck

  123. Shufti – as in look – as in “tek a shufti a that”
    Bint – girl ( both of these are Arabic too I believe)
    Stoppy Back – unique to Teesside!!

  124. Me and Midlands reared daughter walking down the shops by Cleveland Centre one day when we were visiting and heard “Away lads, get an effing strut on” I told her it was a new one on me but we both liked it. So “strut” = “quick walk”

  125. I heard an uncle once finish a sentence with “nowhatImeantypeofthinglikesee”. I consider myself quite well travelled but I have never heard anything else come remotely close.

  126. ‘Yakka” = someone who lives in the country, Guisborough for example.
    “Pit Yakka” = Someone who comes from a mining village in County Durham.
    Both usually used in a derogatory way.

  127. monnakitty – a rather violent school game involving 2 teams, jumping on backs of other team.

    enjoy your days of fame, you are famous for a few days. Teessiders are the best

  128. As well as calling it toggball, we’d also call it ‘togga’,

    eg “D’ya fancy a game a togga?” = Do you want to play football?

  129. “What yer like you?” = greeting shouted from one side of Albert Rd to the other when one sees a chap one knows.

  130. Gerroff yer cack = Kindly remove yourself from the vicinity of the dartboard as you are not of
    the required standard.

  131. The term Smoggie to describe someone from Teesside is a very modern one. It arose only a few years ago as a slightly derogatory dig at Boro’s football fans and was first heard being used by Newcastle and Sunderland fans on the Century Radio phone- in show The Three Legends. I do like the site , though many of the words quoted are not specifically from the Boro but words that have drifted into common usage and can be heard all over the country!

  132. How about Salty (Saltersgill) and Salty Beck? I’ve heard my daughter say them a few times when she’s going to play out.

  133. Worrabout ‘bun’ as in a bread bun? Am livin an werkin down London at the mo, carnt gerra bread bun for love ner money, people round ere just look at yer as if yer radged. Went out terday to do the Friday bacon bun run, the gadgie behind the counter ended up givvin me them in slices of bread cos he didnt have any – he did though cos there was a big pile of them in a basket on the counter!!!

  134. Here’s a few…..

    monkeys blood – Red sauce on an 99 Ice cream.
    skivvy – Slave/Servant as in, “I’m not yer skivvy!”
    chimley – chimney
    paralytic / mortal – Very drunk
    scunner – someone dirty or common
    chod – dick head
    nippers – kids
    mazen a – “I may as well do it then, mazen a”
    plaggy Bag – plastic Bag

  135. whack off as in i sore this whack off spider, i sore a huge spider
    snicket a short cut see also cut
    skivvy i’m not ya skvvy as in i’m not your servant

  136. Tapped – ya tapped in the head you!

    Mental – as in somethings really crazy but good

    Cushty – something good

    Scratter – scruffy person

  137. One phrase has stuck with me forever. I have never heard it anywhere else, and get really funny looks when I use it.
    “giving it Gyp” meaning going at it hard and fast or Hell for leather. Usually referring to sex.

  138. Woggie. As in night watchmen. A gadgee usually sitting by a brazier guarding housing estate constructions.

  139. He’ll get lathered! Meaning when he gets home, his dad will take of his leather belt and apply it liberally to his rear end!

  140. ‘Pear-pull’ – The colour purple. Also ‘Werk’ – Work. Example: “Where’s me pear-pull werk shirt?”

  141. Two games we played in Alan street ( the picture of Alan street is in a recent copy of “Remember When” (23/02/13) and also on my Facebok profile, are ” Cannon” where an empty bean tin is placed in the centre of the street with 4 or 5 wooden sticks laid across it, and two teams on either pavement throw a tennis ball to scatter the sticks. When a team hits the tin, the opposing team has to reset the can, then tig all the other team with the ball.
    The second game (unique to us I think) was “kicky ball spy o! . Similar to cannon involving two teams. No expensive hand held computer games for us, but lots of communal spirit and energetic fun.

  142. When i was in the midlands I told them a story about when I was on holiday and got SHOT in the pool fully dressed. They were all shocked to hell and asked me where I was shot and did i lose much blood. hahaha ( shot that over here please)

  143. Brew – meaning cup of tea or coffee.
    ‘You makin’ a brew like?’
    Knock us up – to make something.
    ‘I’ll knock us up something to eat, no bother.’
    ‘You knockin’ a brew up son?’

  144. stott – to knock someone about in an abusive way OR to throw a temper tamtrum. as in ” I’ll stott yeh off ah four walls” or “he was stotting of ah four waalls” heavy rain can also be said to be”stottin’down”.
    Cuddywhifter is a lefthanded prson (used to be used in a slighlty derogatiory way)
    Lop – a louse
    lugs – ears.

  145. oh, and “belter” meaning really good (that was belter) and moggies (marbles) bongies (ball bareings that we played marbles with when us dads brought old ones them home from the werks. Mardy (whiney and moody of ten describing a factious baby)
    Great to see nithered and mafted to explain my temperature, I’m always having to explain them!

  146. Cack handed (clumsy).
    Yez, as in “Where yez goin”? (singular)
    You’s as in “Where you’s goin”? (small group)
    You’s lot as in “Where you’s lot goin”? (larger group)

  147. ‘SHITPIPE’

    The snapping of plastic drain pipes and throwing them into the mud.
    The contents are then hurled towards unsuspecting buses, taxis, police cars or houses!!

  148. Netty is a word for the toilet
    Dolite is someone on the dole for a long time
    Slapper means a common girl
    Shitbag is insulting a person
    Fanny on means doing a messy job
    Scrutty means scruffy
    A minter is someone who is good looking
    The crack means to get gossip
    Shit stirrer means a troublemaker
    Wazz means to urinate
    The flags means the pavement

    1. in the 50’s and 60’s we used to faff on (mess about or potter about) rather than “fanny on” which I’ve head used by quite a lot of people from other areas.

  149. This is a poem that my mum wrote for my brother Chris for his wedding. We are from Teeside, his new wife Helen is from near Bristol.

    Woritisright? In 1985 our kid was born
    I mean, wudjadare be born in whinney banks like?
    E was born on a satda and I swear down, He was a class cocka.
    Our ouse was a mid terrace,
    There were all sorts of scallys lived round our end.
    When e were a bairn, e were right ballistic.
    E had mam and dad goosed, cos e would kick off every night
    Hardly ever sleeping a night through.
    Orite, e was a good kid
    E just never stopped
    And had everyone proppa battered.

    Is bezzie mate was Boden
    Friends for yonks
    Thier bedrooms winda’s opposite
    In our street, they only afta shout
    Owee in
    When they wanted each other for owt.

    Areyeravvinalaff for years e changed his name to George
    It caused a bit of chew
    Cos you never knew
    If e was Chris, George, or Philpott
    Buh I dunno, we defo’s managed.

    E was always clammin, loved his nana’s fadgies and buhhu
    His school baite’s were massive
    And e could scran like a gadge

    Always one for moochin, up the hills and the nab
    Coming back hacky, e never knicked off or nowt
    Was just always proppa on the go or summat.
    For years e loved running, always had loads of different trainies
    Tekking himself to the track so much, we sometimes thought he was offit
    But I turned out e was quality and did real sound.

    Is camping and bushtooking were his next crack
    It could be maftin or baltic, e’d be out there in is tent, lighting is fire
    E’d take is scran and later is tins, e’d be buzzin if is mates would go with im
    E’d b, get in there! Howay gerrer. Orrite, yous, ayas comin oor wat?

    As a young un, e hated is geggs, often e would say “ or do I afa”
    E thought it was bang on when he lost them
    But mother would be, areyeraavvinalaff, not again!
    Get in our ouse and ya’d better get them found or yous’ll be as sad as.

    College and Uni, for our kid were necta
    Doin naff all! Many a black un down town avin a real howl getting hammered.
    Looka, im not sayin e was radged like, janowarramean, e just had it bang on .
    This is where e met is lass, our Hel.
    Eeee, we all knew from the start she was class.
    She’s defo spot on for our kid, and e’d be devoed without her around.

  150. when i was a young un growing up witth our family on teesside in the 50’s & 60’s

    we used to ‘ go through the squeeze ‘ in the holgate end to get into see the boro

    our friends we called ‘chor’

    a derogaratory term was ‘ a dozy gowk’

    nobody had heard of parmos or smoggies

    folk used to spend their holidays at Seaton Carew or Redcar and

    everyone seeemed to work at ici, smiths dock, whesso or dorman long

    life was so simple then

    1. Wasn’t aware I was learning a second language next to English it all sounds so English to me! Love the lemon top btw (from Redcar?)

  151. Now Then – Hello

    whenever I’m back in billog i love to hear a round of ‘Now then’ s when a group of men meet. awesome.

  152. What about “Twisty Clock” usually said to a child with a miserable face. “What’s up with your twisty clock like’ If it doesn’t change it will stay like that!

  153. There’s a surprising amount of crossover between proper Hull (‘Ull) accent and the Boro accent, especially the ‘err’ sound like shert (shirt) or werk (work).
    Werking me arrse off til fer err’cleck then am scivin’ off.

  154. One that I have not seen which was well used in the 60’s around Pally Park way were was ‘Boola’, which was a term used for old tyres as in ‘let’s go get some boola’s for the bommy’. always called it a Bommy for bonfire. Best boolas were the large tractor ones we’d ride home from as far away as Eston.

    1. BOOLAS! Yeah we had them in Thorntree an’ all but usually they were ex-pushbike ones and were often to be found hoyed over them concrete lamp-posts. Eric Oates (now in Stafford)

  155. I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s in the Boro and we used to say” it’s starvation owt there”, meaning it was freezing cold.

  156. How about git/get as in ‘Shurrup you ya daft get, I’ll lamp ya one in a minute ya crank!’

    oggy up… to to stand on someone’s hands to get a lift up… usually to try and get ya ball back from someone’s yard

  157. As a Hartlepudlian living in Hull I cannot but see so many similarities in the words thought to be unique to Teeside but in fact indigenous to the North East coast. Maftin is just one. Most of the words you list as Teeside are common to the whole North east coastal region it’s more a difference in pronunctiation. The ‘o’ for ‘e’ substitution is common here though it tends be more a ‘ö’ so ‘phone’ becomes ‘fern’. It’s a Scandinavian thing imho

  158. I remember as a child a the boro “waz the marrow is sumat up,bairn” as (what’s wrong is there a problem kid )

  159. I’ve just told my husband that our dog is being a bit genny (g as in good – meaning whiney). I haven’t heard that word said (nor have I used it) for ages and my husband doesn’t know the word. We’re both from York. Usually used when a baby is mildly upset/unsettled.

  160. Growing up in the Northeast in the 50’s and 60’s it was Middlesborough, hence the football club name ‘Boro’!!! I do not know when they dropped it down to Brough, that is so common! It will always be Middlesborough to me.

  161. haha mint this mate. Except you’ve left off two of the most used words in Middlesbrough today. And that my good sir is the term, KEN and SQUIRE.

    Ken – Mate/Pal/Friend

    “Now Ken, you coming out tonight”

    Squire – miscellaneous

    “Ere Ken, I fucking squired the life out of that bird after you lot all left yano”

    “I was absolutely squired last night me like, never drinking again”

    “Now squire you still having a few squires tonight with the lads”

  162. Brilliant. Will show me mate down south this. He might start to understand us now.
    Is Hoy (to throw somat away) in and UTB which anyone local knows is Up The Boro. 🙂
    Smoggie and proud of it.

  163. Made me laff did that – I’ve been in New Zealand for 9 years now, married to a Southern Jessie (from Kent) and still have to get him to ask for a coke for me, apparently it sounds like ‘cork’ when I say it????

    1. Hello Caroline. Very true. I lived in Coventry a few years ago (I originate from Whinney Banks) but now live in Marton because I got very home sick, so left my job and came back home a few years ago. When I lived in Coventry I had the same problem getting a Coke as you! It was as if I was talking in a foreign language. Good luck and Up The Boro.

  164. I can’t see a defination for ‘sound’ as in sound as a pound; ‘bob’ – as in a schilling or a pint of 80 bob; or ‘Panacalty’ which is corned beef, potato & onion stew often made with oxo/gravy browning not to be confused with the geordie disk pan helglety.

    Keep up the good work.

  165. ‘Smoggies’ was a term devised by Sunderland people for Teessiders, when using the ‘new’ A19 in the early 1970’s. As they travelled it’s length going south, the road’s route just below Wolviston offered a totally open smoke-filled vista that stretched thru’ Billingham ICI across to the various manufacturing works still then established in central M’bro, and onwards to British Steel at Lackenby and ICI Wilton. On warm days with little breeze, this perspective, would afford a solid, unbroken haze hanging over the area, almost as far as Redcar and the Cleveland Hills Today, despite the massive shrinkage of manufacturing and associated flare-stacks & chimneys on Teesside, this can sometimes still be seen today, though not nearly as intense. I had never heard the term used locally before the early 90’s, but knew, from friends living in S/land, that they were already using the somewhat pejorative term long before that. As a result the term ‘Smoggy’ is rarely used by anyone living on Teesside over the age of 40-45.

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