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The Lambton Worm, arranged and performed by "Geordie Wilson". Lambton Worm Containing many of the words & phrases within this page.

The County Durham comedian "Bobby Thompson" used pitmatic in his act with an authentic local accent. Bobby Thompson

A song that inspired my cousin "Ed Pickford" growing up in a mining village in County Durham, "Ah Cud Hew" Ah cud hew

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PITMATIC

TRANSLATION

A  
Aad, see also Ard Old;
Aak-wud Awkward;
Arl All;
Aa'll I'll;
Aarful Awful;
A-boot About;
Afore Before;
A-gyen Again;
A-hint-tha Behind you; (also see B)
Ah I;
Ah- dinneh- knar I don't know;
Amang Among;
Anarl And all /also /as well;
Ant-thuh? Aren’t they?
Ant-wa Aren't we;
Argie Argue;
Ard Old;
Me Ard chep or Me Ard man My father;
Me Ard wife My mother;
Arl reet? Alright / how are you?
Arn Own;
Ars and Ar-was I am & I was;
Ars ow-wer tha knot/Moon I'm over the Moon, Delighted;
A-tad A little / Similar;
Aye Yes;
Aye-Wadda Yes I would;
   
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Bairn Child;
Bait Packed lunch;
Blaa Blow, also used for having a break from work;
Beck see also Burn Small Stream;
Bide Stay;
Bit crack Talking to a friend;
Bleb Blood blister;
Bleezer A removable metal cover for a domestic coal fire, to draw air to the fire to accelerate the flames;
Blokie also see Gadgie Man;
Bog; see also Netty Toilet;
Bogey also Boggie Home-made Go-kart;
Bonny Beautiful / handsome, also used for Bonfire;
Booler A Hoop with a Stick also an old tyre (Childs play thing);
Borned-up Burnt away, also Sweating fever;
Borst Burst;
Bowld Bold;
Brayed see also Gud-hiding Beaten up; smacked; assaulted;
Brazen Cheeky
Breed Bread;
Browt Brought;
Bullets; see also Kets; Confectionery; Sweets;
Burn see also Beck Small Stream;
Butta-lowie Butterfly;
B-hint-tha Behind you; (also see A)
B-yeth Both;
B-yuk Book;
B-yut Boot;
   
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Cack Excrement / Not very nice;
Cack handed Left handed, or clumsy;
Canny Nice, or in a expression  could mean "carefully" (see Gan);
Cannit Can’t, unable to do something;
Card Cold;
Carl Call;
Catched Caught;
Chabble also Chebble Table;
Chatty’s; see also Tatties Potatoes;
Chod Turd;
Choss Really Good;
Chow To chew, also miners' chewing tobacco;
Chowken Choking;
Chun, see also Hoy & Toss Throw;
Chunter Incessant Talking or an old rubber tyre used for booling by a child;
Chut; sometimes Chutty; Chewing gum;
Clag To stick, or can be used as threat of a smack;
Claggy Sticky;
Clagger; see also Gob; Mouth;
Clammin Hungry or thirsty;

Clartin-on;

Wasting time, tinkering with something, having a laugh with friends

Clarts Mud;
Clarty Muddy;
Clays; sometimes Claithes; or Duds Clothes;
Clemmy Large stone or a marble, see also Muggle, child's play thing;
Clip Dressed untidily; smack on the ear;
Clivvor Clever;  (sometimes used for state of health.)
Clogged Blocked;
Clout Hit with the palm of a hand. & A cloth for steam puddings;
Cockly Nauseous feeling, Squeamish;
Coin Turn a corner;
Coos Cows
Cotty Knotted or tangled hair;
Court'n Courting / dating;
Cowp Swap;
Craaled Crawled;
Crackit Stool;
Cree Garden shed or Pigeon loft;
Cud Could;
Cuddn't-b-fyassed te carry'd Yairm, How this sounds!! Could not be (Faced) bothered to carry it home;
Cuddy; see also Gallower Pit Pony;
Cyak Cake;
   
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Dadded Hitting;
Da, Dar, Dad Father;
De Do;
Deed Dead;
Dee-in Doing;
Dee-in Somat Doing something;
Deek look at something;
De-ya knar wat How this sounds!! Do you know what;
Dinneh, Dinnet & Dint; Don’t;
Dickies Head Lice;
Divvie Stupid;
Doon Down;
Dorty Dirty;
Dow-ter Daughter;
Draa Draw;
Drawked Soaking wet;
Duds; see also Clays; sometimes Claithes; Clothes;
Dunch Bumping into something;
Dunches Coal truck buffers;
Du-jn-for Broken /Dead;
Dur-sunt Dare not / afraid to;
Divvint Don’t; (used in the Washington area Tyne & Wear);
Dut Cap / Hat;
   
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Early lowse Finish work early;
Efta-wuds Afterwards;
   
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Famis Famous;
Feor Fear;
Femmer Very delicate;
Fettle State of Health;
Fettled Fixed or sorted out something;
Flannen Face cloth;
Flee To fly; rush off; evade capture;
Foaks Folk;
Fower Four;
Frock Dress;
Fund Found;
Fyass; see also Pyatt Face;
   
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Gadgie also see Blokie Man;
Gallouses Braces for men's trousers;
Gallower; see also Cuddy; Pit Pony;
Gam Game;
Gan Go;
Gan canny owwer How this sounds!! Go carefully over;
Gannin Going;
Gan-on Get going / you don’t say;
Gansey Knitted woollen sweater;
Gan-Yairm Go home;
Ganzi Have a go/A turn;
Gat Catapult;
Gaumless Stupid;
Gear; see also Clays; Clothes;
Gis Give;
Gis-a-gan Give me a go;
Gis-a-geek Give me a look;
Git Great;
Git-biggin Of great size;
Giv-owwer Give over / stop;
Giv-tha Give you;
Glass Alley Marbles, child’s play thing;  see also Muggels;
Gob, also see Hadd-yor-gob Mouth;
Goggly eyes Bulging eyes;
Gowk Apple core;
Gor-owt Got anything;
Gran-mar also Ganny Grandmother;
Greet Great;
Grewed Grown bigger;
Gripe Garden or hay fork;
Gud-hiding see also Brayed Beaten up / smacked / assaulted;
Gully Bread knife;
   
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Hacky see also Mucky Dirty / unclean;
Haddaway Go away / Set off / disbelief;
Hadd-thee-hand How this sounds!! Wait or Slow down;
Hadd-yor-gob Shut your mouth / stop talking;
Hadd-ya-whisht Be Quiet;
Heed Head;
Hell on Trouble;
Heivy Heavy;
Hez His;
Heuk Hook;
Hev Have;
Hew (hyoo) To cut something by repeated blows;
Hewer Persons that cut the coal in a mine;
Hinny; see also Pet; Terms of endearment;
Hint-end The back end;
Hirrim Hit him;
Hirriz Hit me;
Hiv-vin Heaven;
Hockle Spit;
Hogger Hose pipe;
Hoggers Pit shorts;
Hoo How;
Hoss Horse;
Hotpot see also Panackelty; see also Tattie Pot Baked Corned Beef, Onion and sliced Potatoes;
How-ker Pit pick / Tool;
How-la Hey you;
Howl'd Stop;
How-weh Come on;
Hoy, see also Toss & Chun Throw;
Hoy tha' hamma owwer ere How this sounds!! Throw that hammer over here;
Hoyed Threw;
Hunkers Squatting / Sitting on haunches;
Hyem, see also Yairm; Home;
   
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iz (is) Me, (Example: - Gor-iz = Got me);
   
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Jarped Sharp Jab, banged;
Jesting Joking;
Jook Duck your Head;
   
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Kegs Pants;
Keep Howl’d or Keep Hadd How this sounds!! Keep hold, Take Care or Goodbye;
Kets; see also Bullets; Confectionery; Sweets;
Knar Know;
   
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Lang Long;
Lapped roond Wrapped around;
Lar Low;
Lairn Learn;
Lass Girl;
Lavie Toilet;
Leeved Lived;
Like a man off Useless;
Lowped-owwer How this sounds!! Jumped over;
Lugs Ears;
Luk-b-hint-tha How this sounds!! Look behind you;
 
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Mar Mother;
Marra Mate / friend / workmate. (old saying - Vegetable or Pitman’s mate)
also used to ask what's wrong; (Example: - What’s tha marra)
Mair More;
Makkin-gam Making Fun / Pulling my leg;
Me-dar My father;
Me-mar My Mother;
Mel Long shafted heavy hammer;
Minging Disgusting;
Mortal Drunk;
Mucker Friend;
Mucky see also Hacky Very Dirty;
Muggles Marbles, child's play thing;
Myek or mak Make;
Myest Most;
   
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Nash Run;
Nee- mair No more;
Nee-way No way / disbelief;
Neets Nights;
Nebby Inquisitive;
Netty, see also Bog; Toilet;
Nits Head lice eggs;
Nivver or Nivor Never;
Noo Now;
Nore No;
Norkers Turnips;
Not ower clivvor How this sounds!! Not very well;
Nowt Nothing;
Nowt tha marra Nothing wrong  / can be used to describe an Argument;
Nowther Neither;
Nyem Name;
Nyen None;
   
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Oot Out;
Ov Of;
Owt Anything, can be used for "Out";
Owt else Anything else;
Ow-wald Old;
Ow-wer Over;
Owa-Lass My Wife / Partner;
   
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Panackelty, see also Tattie Pot / Hotpot Baked Corned Beef, Onion and sliced Potatoes;
Pet; see also Hinny; Terms of endearment;
Pittle-le-bed Dandelion;
Pittle pot Chamber pot;
Pit-yakka An abusive term for someone who works as a miner;
Playing the nick Truant from School;
Plodge Walk or Paddle in water;
Ploat Plucking feathers;
Poliss Policeman;
Pund Pound;
Pyapper Paper;
Pyatt, see also Fyass; Face;
   
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Radgie Aggressive person;
Rattly-bags Thunder & Lightening;
Reet nebby bugga A Nosey Person;
Rive To tear or rip / hard scratching;
Roond Round;
Rove Torn;
Rowst Getting someone back to work after a break;
   
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Sarnies Sandwiches;
Scaddin Scalding / very hot;
Scarpa Get away quick;
Scrush Crush;
Shav Save;
Sel Self;
Sels Selves;
Seun Soon;
Shart Shirt;
Should-da Should have;
Shows A Fair ground;
Shuggy-boat Fairground Boat shaped Swing;
Shul Shovel;
Sid-dwune Sit down / take a seat;
Skit Making  fun of someone;
Skoo-will, Skew-ill or Skuel School;
Smit Infectious;
Snar Snow;
Sneck Nose / Thumb lifting lever for a lock bar on a gate; (a latch)
Snout Tobacco;
Somat Something;
Sor Sir;
Spelk Splinter in the skin;
Spuggy Sparrow;
Starved Hungry;
Stinkers Starlings;
Stotty cyak How this sounds!! Round flat loaf of bread;
Stowed off Over loaded, Too much;
Strang Strong;
Sunda Sunday;
Sup Drink;
Swally To swallow;
Swills Back yard or path;
Sham Same;
Syek Sake;
   
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Tabs Cigarettes;
Tak Take;
Take a blaa Have a break;
Tarr Thanks;
Tattie Pot; see also Panackelty Baked Corned Beef, Onion and sliced Potatoes;
Tatties; see also Chatty’s & Spuds Potatoes;
Te To;
Teem-it Tipping a load / pouring  with rain;
Tekk-es Take me, example “Tekk-es back Yairm”;
Tell'd or Telt Told;
Tha The;
Thee Your;
Thews You are;
Thoo, also tha You;
Thowt Thought;
Tooting Spying;
Thor There;
Thor-wuz nowt tha marra How this sounds!! There was nothing wrong / sometimes used to describe an argument; 
Thor's a Rabbit a-way Something is not right about that;
Torn Turn;
Toss, see also Hoy & Chun Throw;
Trod

Well-trodden earth Foot path. example: a short cut through a field;

Tussy or Tuttie pegs Teeth;
Twe Two;
Twitchybell Earwig;
   
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Um-teen A lot of;
Us Me;
   
V   
Varry Very;
   
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Waddent Wouldn't;
Wark Walk;
Watter Water;
Wes Was;
Wesh Wash;
Wat fettle the day, marra How this sounds!! How are you today; (possible response see: - Not ower clivvor)
Whee’s Who is;
Whisht Be quiet;
Why aye, (Y. I.) Oh Yes or Of Course!; (Geordie saying = Why aye man)
Wi thoo With you;
Winnet Will not / won’t;
Wicken or wicks A lot of;
Woonds Wounds;
Wor Lass Geordie saying = My Wife / Partner;
Wrang Wrong, can be used instead of ring;
Workie-ticket Troublemaker;
Wud Would;
   
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Yairm; see also Hyem; Home;
Yae You;
Yappin High pitched talking;
Ye Knaa You Know;
Yebbel  Able;
Yer-sel Yourself;
Yew-er You are;
Yis You all / everybody;
Yor Your;
Yummer (Good or Bad) In a Mood; (state of mind);
   
Z   
   

As an example - some of the words and phrases from the above list are used in a local folk song.

THE LAMBTON WORM

How this sounds!!

Chorus
Whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs, an' aa'll tell yis arl an aarful story, whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs,
An' Aa'll tel yis 'boot the worm.

One Sunda morn young Lambton went a-fishing in the Wear; an' catched a fish upon he's heuk
He thowt leuk't varry queer. But whatt'n a kind ov fish it was young Lambton cudden't tell-
He cuddn't-b-fyassed te carry'd Yairm, so he hoyed it doon a well

Whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs, an' aa'll tell yis arl an aarful story, whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs,
An' Aa'll tel yis 'boot the worm.

Noo Lambton felt inclined te gan an' fight in' foreign wars. He joined a troop ov Knights that cared
For nowther woonds nor scars, an' off he went te Palestine where queer things him befel,
An varry seun forgat aboot the queer worm in' tha well.

Whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs, an' aa'll tell yis arl an aarful story, whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs,
An' Aa'll tel yis 'boot the worm.

But the worm got fat an' grewed an' grewed, an' grewed an aaful size;
He'd greet big teeth, a greet big gob, an greet big goggly eyes.
An' when at neets he craaled aboot te pick up bits o' news, If he felt dry upon the road,
He'd milk a dozen coos.

Whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs, an' aa'll tell yis arl an aarful story, whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs,
An' Aa'll tel yis 'boot the worm.

This feorful worm would often feed on caalves an' lambs an' sheep, an' swally little bairns alive
When they laid doon te sleep.
An when he'd eaten arl he cud an' he had had he's fill, he craaled away an' lapped he's tail
Ten times roond Pensha Hill.

Whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs, an' aa'll tell yis arl an aarful story, whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs,
An' Aa'll tel yis 'boot the worm.

The news ov this myest aaful worm an' his queer gannins on seun crossed the seas, gat te the ears
Ov brave an' bowld Sor John. so Yairm he cam an' catched the beast, an' cut 'im in twe haalves,
An' that seun stopped hes eatin' bairns an' sheep an' lambs an' caalves.

Whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs, an' aa'll tell yis arl an aarful story, whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs,
An' Aa'll tel yis 'boot the worm.

So noo ye knaa hoo arl the foaks on b-yeth sides ov the Wear lost lots o' sheep an' lots o' sleep
An leeved in' mortal feor. 
So let's hev one te brave Sor John that kept the bairns frae harm, saved coos an' calves by makkin' halves O' the famis Lambton Worm.

Whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs, an' aa'll tell yis arl an aarful story, whisht! lads, hadd yor gobs,
An' Aa'll tel yis 'boot the worm.

Noo lads, Aa’ll hadd me gob, That’s arl Ah knaa aboot the story of Sor John’s clivvor job wi’ the aarful Lambton Worm!

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