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 here) captures 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
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.