22 May 2019


WWW OR for those in the know Wondrous Words Wednesday is a meme hosted by Kathy over at BermudaOnion's Weblog the aim of which is to encourage us to share, well, Wondrous Words on   .... (yeah!, you guessed) ... a Wednesday.

Participated in by several of my blogger buddies, Suko and Yvonne included. Whilst, not a regular contributor, when I do contribute its generally a word ... or four. However this Wednesday I'm bringing you what could potentially be 84 Wondrous Words.

Created by two artists who collated and researched the words, the Lost Dialects exhibition (running from the 1st of February through to the 15th of September you can find out more herecaptures a language that is in danger of being lost forever allowing visitors to take a rubbing of their favourite Geordie words and vote on whether they want to ‘use’ or ‘lose’ them'.

Its interesting to note some spellings varied enormously, suggesting the words were spoken more than they were written, that as the Head of Culture at the venue where the exhibition is being held said... 

... it is about capturing a language that is in danger of being lost forever.

"Increasingly we communicate via technology and spellcheckers don’t recognise dialect. So, if you type the word ‘clarty’, (dirty) it will autocorrect it to clarity, for example. This will make it harder for written dialect words to survive, which is why this project is more than just a trip down memory lane – it is a record of our regional identity.

10 of the oddest words to come up ...
  • Corrie fisted - left-handed
  • Fuddleskelly - untidy in appearance
  • Caggle - to lean back on a chair
  • Spiflicate - to smack someone who’s in trouble
  • Tranklements - ornaments
  • Fuggie crack - a smack on the back of the head after a haircut at the barber’s
  • Bullock walloper - a man who drives cows to market 
  • Dilk - bow and arrow
  • Rile - to lean back on two legs of a chair
  • Soogie - to enjoy a long, hot bubble bath
 I've not come across any of these before though, oh my goodness, as a teaching assistant I've been injured many a time by sprouters determined to rile despite being told off for doing so.

10 of the 'nicest' words ...
  • Fubsy - short or squat
  • Sprouters - young children
  • Giddy kipper - a bit silly
  • Plarpy - dough-like
  • Proggles - stinging nettles
  • Bubble - to cry
  • Orly gorlies - the giggles
  • Tappy lappy - walking slowly
  • Gruns - tea leaves
  • Scramptions - extra batter bits with your chips
'Bubble' was commonly used by my grandparents and whilst I have heard the word 'giddy' used to describe someone who is a bit silly; a bit dizzy I've not come across 'giddy kipper'. As for 'scramptions'? Hmm! A case in point RE the spelling of words. I'm not sure how this is in fact spelt but to spell it phonetically, I, my family and my friends knew the extra batter you asked for with your chips as 'scranchings'. 

For 64 more Wondrous (slang) Words (from the north east of England) this Wednesday click here.

15 May 2019



- 1967 -
Four female scientists invent a time travel machine. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril...

- 2017 -
Ruby knows her Granny Bee was the scientist who went mad, but they never talk about it. Until they receive a message from the future, warning of an elderly woman's violent death...

- 2018 -
Odette found the dead women at work – shot in the head, door bolted from the inside. Now she can't get her out of her mind. Who was she? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder?
- Back cover Blurb

The laboratory, in Cumbria, was home to four young scientists.
- First Sentence; March-December 1967: Barbara

As soon as she stepped from a time machine, at the age of twenty-one, she felt like a ghost - what other name could be applied to a woman who walked among people born centuries after herself? To them, she should be dead.
- Memorable Moment; Page 173

SOURCE ... A Oxford Centre Reading Group read.


MY THOUGHTS ... A reading group read, I admit I would never have chosen to read this as the concept of time travel is about as alien to me as it gets ... and especially so the kind of time travel novels in which ...

Her older self laughed and crushed her in a hug (Pg 9)

Its not that I lack imagination, its not that I'm unable to suspend disbelief. I can even accept characters travelling to Ancient Egypt/some space station of the future. I can even understand how their actions might have ramifications for their 'future' selves. Its just try as I might I cannot, cannot get my head around a character meeting his/her own self; let alone .... AGGGGHHHH! A character's 'current' self, 'younger' self and 'older' self all being in the same place at the same time. 

With lots of layers to it - events that because of the non-linear format in which it is written we are often only fully privy to elsewhere in the narrative - I struggled in that I didn't feel I had a solid grip on what was happening, what had happened or what was about to happen. Arguably little to do with the author's skills (or lack thereof?) and everything to do with me but either way the result was the same ... for much of the book I was thoroughly confused. 

A hybrid of what is essentially Sci-fi and a murder mystery); I'm just not convinced that this multi-genre approach will satisfy die-hard fans of either genre. 

Still, a brave attempt at a book that not so much questioned the science of time travel as came at it from a very human and what I felt was an original perspective, that of the psychological effect(s) of time travel.