Geordie slang to use in your dates

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Geordies are well-known for being fiercely proud of their distinctive accent and dialect. Along with stotties and singin’ hinnies, it’s what makes them truly unique. This pride has left residents of Tyneside with one of the richest vocabularies in the whole of the UK, while many other towns have long since forgotten their Old English roots. If you’re looking to impress a Geordie, there’s only one way to do it:  learn to speak the lingo.

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 1. “Pet”

With hens in Scotland, loves in London, and duckies in Stoke-on-Trent, the UK has a whole range of terms of endearment that other cultures would probably find quite strange (although the French have cabbages so perhaps not!) Geordies have one of the best, ‘pet,’ which is liberally sprinkled onto the end of most sentences to create that friendly Geordie sound.

2. “Purely belter”

Purely belter means something like totally great, as in ‘I went to this new nightclub the other night – it was purely belter, man,’ or ‘I got mesel’ a brand new top. It’s purely belter, like.’ On a date, you might say something like, ‘Wow, I really like your shoes, they’re purely belter, them!’

3. “Haddaway” and “Haway”

Usually ending with ‘man,’ as in ‘haddaway, man, divvin’ put mayonnaise on yer chips!’ or ‘Haway, man, you thought I was a Mackem?’ ‘Haddaway’ means ‘get away,’ while ‘haway’ means ‘come on!’ Both phrases were made famous in the 1980’s-90’s TV series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. If you want to tell someone they’re talking rubbish, you can say ‘haddaway and loss yoursel’!’ Be careful with ‘haway,’ though, you don’t want your date to think you’re making fun of Geordies! Practise saying it in a natural way before you decide to bring it out in conversation.

4. “Mortal” or “Maahrtal”

In Geordie, if someone is ‘mortal,’ it means they’re very, very drunk, as in ‘I was so mortal I fell doon and got clarts all over me breeks!’ Geordie has a lot of words in common with Scottish slang, as in ‘clarts’, which means dirt, and ‘breeks’, which means trousers. This is because both dialects developed partly from Old Northumbrian. Be careful not to let your Geordie morph into Scottish, though – your date might not take too kindly to the confusion!

5. “Soound as a poound”

‘Sound as a pound’ means good or fine, but not quite as great as ‘purely belter’ or ‘proper mint.’ For example, someone might say ‘how was your job interview?’ To which you could say ‘soound as a poound,’ which would mean ‘good, I think I got the job!’ You can also use this phrase to agree to something, as in ‘can you pick me up at 8 tonight?’ ‘8? Soound as a poound.’

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Sprinkle these great phrases into your conversation, and you can be sure you’ll never be given the ‘pie off’ (be rejected) by a true Geordie lad or lass again.


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