Our Northumbrian words and accents are just as important to our heritage as Hadrian’s Wall, stottie cakes or the “Blaydon Races”. Yet our dialect is suffering from neglect as it is slowly replaced by a bland version of English, or as my mother would said, “proper taak”. Through this website Northumbrian Words seeks to bring our dialect to a wider audience and by working with like-minded organisations, provide sponsorship for dialect-related programmes that serve this objective.

Canny Craik is an online magazine featuring articles, stories and other information about the Northumbrian dialects. The current issue includes:

TYNESIDE KEELS
Most Tynesiders are familiar with the “The Keel Row”, a popular song dating back to the early 18th century and perhaps the oldest in Tyneside’s song anthology.
But what was a keel and why is its name so special? Find out by clicking here.

THE LOST DIALECT CONTEST
We are excited to announce the launch of a new dialect writing contest by the WORD library in South Shields, sponsored by Northumbrian Words and supported by the Northumberland Language Society.
Further details here.

A HIGH LEVEL VIEWA STORY
The High Level Bridge is the oldest of the Tyne Bridges. In a recent interview, Northumberland Words we asked her about her life and this is her story.

THE DURHAM DIALECT
A classic sound clip which comes courtesy of the British Library, features a sheep farmer talking about his work in Durham hills. Listen to sound clip.

ALSO:
Featured Word: The well-used and equally well-loved dialect word, CANNY its profiled along with is meaning and roots.
What’s Gannin On: A regular update of news and events of interest to readers.
And Finally: A story about wor Geordie and the Queen.

Gaan Canny Hinnies!


Takin’ Pride in Wor Language!