A Dictionary of North East Dialect by Bill Griffiths

By Bill Griffiths

As exciting because it is informative, this dictionary bargains documents and factors of a northern English dialect. The study offers information regarding phrases that return so far as the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in addition to these found in contemporary vernacular. excellent for someone drawn to English etymology, this reference is thorough and crucial.

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OE cracian, Fr craquer ‘to talk boastfully’] Plus “As weel as sheep that crop wor vales/The crack of fancy breeding” Oiling Ghead 1826 2. “to ... ” (news) Brockett Newc & Nth 1829; “a crack ower his glass o’ beer” Haldane Newc 1879; “Wi’ soft, sweet sugar-candy crack”, “when at wor bate, we’d had some confidential crack” Barrass Stanley 1890s; “a smoak an’ a bit crack wiv a cock-eyed chep thit wes sellin’ mushells i’ the Bigg Markit” Cuddy Cairt Newc 1917; “his a bit o’ good crack – interesting to talk to” Dunn B’p Auck 1950; “that’s bad crack – bad news” Dunn B’p Auck 1950; “Time tu hev a crack” Lakeland re C’d C20.

Durham 1810. EDD distribution to 1900: Nth, eMids. [ON kiarr ‘marshy land’] 2. also in NE place-names. [ONorthumbrian carr ‘rock’; compare Welsh carreg ‘a stone’] carvinarse meteorite ex. e. 376 C19/mid; Embleton Tyne 1897; “castock – the stem of a cabbage” Robson Birtley 1880s, 1890s. EDD distribution to 1900: N’d, D’m. Plus “cabbishskrunt – cabbage-stalk” Gibson C’d 1880 cassens dried cow dung used as fuel “one mow of casens wt some other fewell” Raine MS Gt Driffield 1679; “casing, cassons – dried cow-dung used for fewel” Grose 1787 re N’d.

On a cuddy thou’s ride to the Toon” Crawhall Newc 1888; “an ass or small horse” Irwin Tyne 1970; ‘young horse or a donkey’ Teward Newbiggin-in-Teesdale C20/mid; “cuddy – horse” Wheatley Hill 2004 Q 4. ‘small cabin on a fishing coble’ S’m C20/2 per BG; ‘cuddy – decked-over shelter in the forepart of a coble ... tilt: canvas shelter over the bows of northern cobles’ Hill Flamborough 1970s. [likely from Du. kaiute, with similar meaning. (thus OED)] Plus “dodger, hud, or sheet, not cuddy ... cuddy might be used for a small locker or the like” FT Cullercoats 2003.

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