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Read aal aboot wor mutha tongue.

Byline: By Tom Mullen

Howay man, a new book says the Geordie accent is one of the oldest and geet lush in the country.

The history of our lingo is just one of the subjects in the book, the Fairly Truthful Guide To Geordie.

Penned by local author Gary Hogg, it covers everything from Geordie words and sayings to Geordie jokes and recipes.

Gary, 54, said: "It's a fun and light-hearted look at everything Geordie.

"I say it's a 'fairly truthful' guide, because I discovered differing opinions about the history and dialect so I don't think there'll ever be a totally truthful guide."

The book includes a glossary of modern Geordie terms, including 'geet manka', (a big, horrible thing); 'cooncil telly', (terrestrial television); and 'charva cava', (cheap sparkling wine).

Gary also explains, for example, how the word 'bairn' comes from the Scandinavian 'barn', and 'bonny' comes from 'bon' the French word for 'good'.

The Hoppings isn't only the biggest travelling fair in Europe, he says, in fact, any fair was referred to as a 'Hoppen' by the Anglo-Saxons, who settled in Britain in the 5th century.

The point is Geordie is a historical dialect, closely related to the way people used to speak in England and not simply a poor version of 'proper' English.

Gary was born in Newcastle but because his mother came from Lancashire and his father was a plummy-speaking 'Jesmond Geordie', he rarely encountered proper Geordie until he began primary school.

He writes about his fascination at discovering the peculiar tongue of his new school pals and also his father's miner friends.

"Ye haad the perk, bonny laird. Yer da'll hoy the coals in", (You hold the sack and your dad will shovel the coals in) says one of his father's friends whom the young Gary was visiting in Cramlington. "This was definitely foreign," Gary writes. "I learned the sentence there and then so I could tell Mam."

Gary also chronicles some little-known Tyneside firsts. Did you know the first kipper was smoked at Seahouses and the world's first light bulb factory in Benwell?

Gary Hogg has published a number of other books, including a series of comedy monologues from the North East. He is also a self-taught illustrator and the books are illustrated with his quirky cartoons and captions.

The Fairly Truthful Guide To Geordie is set to be released in mid-July and will be available from all high street bookshops and www.garyhogg.co.uk

Geordie translator

Geet lush: Very good

Byker teacake: Head butt

Geet mingin: Very smelly

Yeeganaganwiwu? Would you like to come with us?

Couple eff: Let me have a smoke off your tab

Yedivvenhattee: You don't have to

Tickheed: Person wearing a Nike baseball cap
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 21, 2007
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