Jump to content

Bedlington Twang


Recommended Posts

Throughout my life I've been somewhat frowned upon for having what is nown as a Bedlington twang. You say certain words that only 'us lot' would know, but maybe someone from Durham or Alnwick maybe wouldn't. Does this language still exist? For the best part it's all mainly pit-talk, our reletives who had been down the mines would come back to the hoos n tahk owa fast n divin't gan doon that lonnin, cos it's thick 'o clarts n yiv got scyull the morn - so divin't give the teacha's a gliff.

Perfect English of course, but move away from the area and BONG... ne bugga naz what the hell ya on aboot n just scratch tha heeds n wunda.

There is talk of this [last century] way of talking is dying out and the bedlington/ pit village type of twang is now dilluted. Which IMHO, is a shame.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 11 months later...

i still know a bloke that can tell which town someones from by the way they speak, if they live locally....

I had that happen to me one time when I worked down in Bristol. Another north eastener noted my accent and asked 'you from Ashington'? Well... I was born there.

I nearly fell off my chair.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Throughout my life I've been somewhat frowned upon for having what is nown as a Bedlington twang. You say certain words that only 'us lot' would know, but maybe someone from Durham or Alnwick maybe wouldn't. Does this language still exist? For the best part it's all mainly pit-talk, our reletives who had been down the mines would come back to the hoos n tahk owa fast n divin't gan doon that lonnin, cos it's thick 'o clarts n yiv got scyull the morn - so divin't give the teacha's a gliff.

Perfect English of course, but move away from the area and BONG... ne bugga naz what the hell ya on aboot n just scratch tha heeds n wunda.

There is talk of this [last century] way of talking is dying out and the bedlington/ pit village type of twang is now dilluted. Which IMHO, is a shame.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 6 months later...

A nah wot yu mean. When I say the woards av typed undaneeth, nee one at woark nahs what am gannin on aboot. Tha al a bit posher than me. A had tu dee a translation fo thum

English to Bedlingtonian translation – Lesson 1

English to Bedlington

Awnings - Plastic or canvas covers - Wages or salary

Bared- Stripped naked - Opposite of good

Bells - Musical Instrument - Male gentiles

Cane - Walking stick - A tin of beer

Chute - Sloping water slide - To talk loudly

Clare - Girls name - Animals fingernail

Clerk - Office Worker - Tells the time

Crayon - Wax drawing stick - Large lifting devise

Creche - Nursery - Bump or collide

Cress - Green salad plant - Angry

Curled - Bent or twisted - Low temperature

Cursed - Under a spell - The seaside

Curt - Rudely abrupt - Warm outer garment

Curl - Twist - Heating fuel

Curler - Hair styling aid - sweet fizzy drink

Dense - Thick, not clever - Move in time to music

Scoot - Disappear quickly - Older Cub

Send - Despatch - Grains of sand

Sewer - Waste Disposal - Bitter

Shirk - Avoid responsibility - Sudden fright

Shirt - Clothing - Injured by gun fire

Sir - Important man - Stitch with thread

Slur - Speak drunkenly - Opposite of fast

Slurp - Drink noisily - Hill

Spurt - Short burst of speed - Spot or pimple

Edited by Jim
  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites

Create a free account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Hide Adverts


  • Latest News

    • Get the latest Northumberland news and updates delivered straight to your inbox
      All they want to do is cradle their newborn baby in their arms.
      But Bedlington parents Carly Walker and Ryan Murphy have been forced to watch from the sidelines as their daughter fights for her life.
      Little Ayda Faith Murphy was born prematurely on March 31, weighing just 4lbs, at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.
      Rushed for her first operation straight after birth and another at just four days old, she's battling terrifying odds after being diagnosed with a series of incredibly rare birth defects.
      An almost unique variant of gastroschisis, a defect of the abdominal wall, has left her intestines pushing up into her chest - a condition doctors estimate is suffered by no more than 10 babies worldwide.
      Meanwhile, her heart appears to have flipped over and lies on the wrong side of her chest, while she's receiving oxygen from a machine due to her underdeveloped lungs.
      Keep up-to-date with all the latest news in the county by visiting our Northumberland Live homepage.
      You can sign up to our daily Northumberland newsletter here.
      Facebook: Here's our main Northumberland page.
      Twitter: You can follow the Northumberland Live page here.
      Find The Journal's Northumberland editions on the British Newspaper Archive here.

  • Latest Topics

×
×
  • Create New...