I’m a Middlesbrough born and bred girl,24 lived here all my life I’ve always been very proud of my accent, I’ve often found when leaving Teesside and travelling to other parts of the country folk will misunderstand the meanings of my words, people wondering why we say certain words and meaning behind the saying, for an area like Teesside to have its very own saying and slang, I think within itself is beyond interesting to explore the language where did these saying come from. When you leave the Boro nobody understands what these sayings mean, I can count the amount times when I have gone travelling I discussed the Teesside accent and explained what the words mean, the Teesside accent has been seen in a negative light in the media and the rest of the UK, many people who are from Teesside often change the way they speak, when they move away or travel it’s like people are somehow ashamed about the way they speak, the accent their hometown has given them. I say it’s time for this to change I want everyone from Teesside to be proud of their accent, I feel the negative image of the accent will never change if people from Teesside continue to be ashamed of the way they speak, try and sound like something they’re not. I am myself guilty of doing this when I moved away at 18 to London, to try and fit into London life, I would find myself running from my true northern roots.
Teesside Words and Sayings-If your not a Teessider ever wondered what some of the words mean here’s a brief guide to the words and meaning behind them.
Coz – Because
Canna – Can I
Claggy – Sticky
Cadge – Borrow
Chuffed – Well pleased
Dunno – Dont Know
Down Town – Visiting Middlesbrough centre
Gunna- Going to
Goosed – Shattered, really tired
Heavin – Really busy
Hacky – Dirty
Howay/ Awayy / Owayy– Come on
Laffin – Nice one, thats good
Lemon top – Ice cream with a tangy lemon top from Redcar .
Mam – Mum, Mom, Mother
Mint – Very good
Nowt – Nothing
Our Lad/Our Lass – Other half, partner
Our ‘ouse – My house
Parmo / Parmesan – A breaded cutlet dish originating in Middlesbrough
Proper/ Proppa – Very much
Pilla – Pillow
On my radio show this week the Project Middlesbrough hour – I was joined by local and proud Boro Lass /Teesside born Lucy Franklin 24, we both believe that nobody from Boro should be ashamed of their accent, Lucy believes we need more people in the media, TV, Radio with a Teesside accent, Lucy also believes the only way for our accent to be accepted is for people to take pride in it, and not be ashamed to speak in a Boro voice. We both ourselves have experienced negative comments when leaving the area, people saying they couldn’t understand us or just look of judgement. I’m sure everyone in the Boro when they left the area has had some bad experiences or comments being made about the way we speak. Myself only last year visiting a friend in Norwich, asking for a table in a restaurant being told by the waitress couldn’t understand me, asked what country I came from, my reply this one, something I will never forget.
The Future of Teesside Accent– To all Teessiders yes we talk very fast, maybe at times people from other parts of the UK may not be able to understand us, We should be proud of our accent push to get more people from our area, into the media, politics getting our Teesside voice heard by the rest of the UK, it’s the only way I believe the negative image attached to our accent will change. Be proud of your accent and fight for our voice to be heard. I will never be ashamed of the way I sound. No more of you don’t sound very educated or intelligent speaking all that, we must be the force of change to make the change happen. You can be anything you want with your Teesside accent I mean Brian Clough and Steph McGovern. So far I’m managed to get myself a good job working for the NHS, my radio show, a blog so never let anyone tell you being from Teesside and sound the way we do you cant achieve your dreams.
Article By Chloe Tempestoso