Friday, October 10, 2014

Inside the Geordie Dialect: Part 2

On Wednesday, we introduced you to the history and origins of the Geordie dialect, which is spoken in the Tyneside area of North East England. Today we'll be taking a closer look at some of the fascinating vocabulary that sets Geordie apart from other British dialects. If you're interested in speaking English with what is often considered to be one of the most attractive UK accents, then pay close attention!

The bridges over the river Tyne.
One of the first things people learn when studying a new language (or dialect, in this case), is how to greet people. Geordies often do this by saying "Alreet?". The word itself means "alright", but you can respond in a variety of ways, including saying "Alreet" back, or simply responding "Aye", which means "yes". 

Another way to say "yes" is "Whey aye", (pronounced "why eye") as a way of saying "of course". If you want to say "no", you'll be needing either nee or na. If you're disagreeing with something or responding to a question, it's "na". However, "no way" is "nee way", and if you've used all of something, for example milk, you'd say there's "nee milk". 

"Nothing" is nowt, while "anything" is owt. A "child" is a bairn and a gadgie is a "guy". Lad and lass are used for "boy" and "girl". If you're looking for a term of endearment for a woman or child, you can use the term pet. Don't worry, it isn't referring to the adorable domesticated animals we keep at home, but is instead a shortened form of the word "petal", as in "flower petal", which is quite sweet when you think about it.

Speaking of "home", it's yem or hyem depending on how you decide to spell in Geordie which doesn't have any sort of standard written form. To many Geordies, the Toon is home, a term that technically means "town" but almost always refers specifically to the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

There's plenty more Geordie for you to larn, so check back on Monday for the conclusion of our look at the dialect and its fascinating lexicon.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3