What a great response...
Posted by BJC on July 30, 2019, 8:28 pm, in reply to "Excuse me, what was that?"
Hello folks, |
Thank you, that’s a lot of great words, some of which I use often.
I’ve seen the words Femmer and hangalussed mentioned on the message board a long while back, but have never ever used them, and if I had heard them mentioned in public, I would have probably been left scratching my head, while saying ‘Excuse me, what was that?’ He-he!
When I’m in non-Geordie-speaking areas, I get funny looks due to my accent… then again, sometimes I get funny looks wherever I go.
When my newly-married sister Alison was living in South Yorkshire, her new, sister-in-law Gillian, came to the gate and paused as if wondering if she was at the correct house. Alison went to the front door to greet her and shouted down to the front gate, ‘Howay!’, while waving her up. Gillian looked confused, so my sister smiled and shouted even clearer, ‘Howay man!’ My sister’s Yorkshire husband was watching this through the sitting room window, so joined Alison at the front door and told his sister to come in; Gillian told him that she thought she was being waved off and being told to go away. They all had a good laugh over it.
Some Geordie words I use selectively, while in Geordie land, but sometimes I use them outside Tyneside without thinking.
My wife and I often take the grandkids out, and they often come into conversations, like when asking a shop assistant, ‘Excuse me, do you have any of these in pink, for the BAIRNS?’ and, as you’ve guessed, they usually say, ‘Excuse me, what was that?’ and we say, 'Oh, sorry, the grandchildren'.