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on 12 August 1999
Scott Dobson's essential guide to comprehension of one of the most elite languages in the modern world is without compare. Phrases such as "Has anyone anyone," often abbreviated to "gizatab" speak volumes for the evolution of this pearl among languages. Other phrases, such as "Wor gran wuz gannin tappy-lappy doon the lonnen whan she couped hor creels", bear within them such evocative poetry, that they bring to mind the nordic sagas from which Geordie grew. Mr. Dobson deserves the Nobel Prize for his contribution to basic human understanding. How else could we, mere mortals hope to understand the textual intricacies of such romantic tales as those of Geordie Broon from Bedlington? For example, Geordie Broon from Belinton brok his leg at work. The Doctor, who wuz english and couldn't taak proper kem to see yim and asked "Well George my good man, can you walk yet?" To which the stalwart Geordie replied, "Work? Ah cannat even walk yet, nivver mind work!" I rest my case: what more need be said? Scott Dobson, - GENIUS!
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on 1 June 2012
First book by old Geordie Author very much tongue in cheek but an excellent reed have purchased many of these books over the years and sent them far and wide always well accepted and a boon to folk trying to come to terms with the Geordie dialect as they trty to taak proppa
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on 27 February 2009
I first read this book in the early 1970s. I'd just moved to Northumberland (Blyth) in my early teens, and was introduced to this book by Mona Hindle, the previous owner of the house that my family was moving into.

I haven't read it since then, but I still recall an extract:
"Divvent drop yer dottle on the proggy mat"

I remember "dottle" as being the ash hanging on to the end of a lit cigarettte, and a "proggy mat" being a mat comprised of strips of material sewn to a hessian backing.

"Divvent" is Geordie for "Don't".

This book was highly amusing to me at the time that I first read it. I was similarly amused when I moved to South Wales and read the book "Talk Tidy" by John Edwards.

I hope this helps you in your interest in regional languages of Britain.
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on 4 February 2013
Perfect token gift for a wannabe Geordie to try and learn the language - absolute crease watching a southerner try their best Geordie out!
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on 3 March 2013
I think you should gargle with Newkie Broon as suggested then perhaps to may be able to All Frank Graham's books are very good
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on 23 October 2010
An re-issue of Scott Dobson's classic. Still a good and amusing read after all these years.

Malcolm Parkin
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on 5 March 2013
Another gift to remind my nephew of home since he is working away for the next 3 or 4 years.
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on 11 February 2013
as it is described .. thanks a lot for the offer!!!!!! just as best as it had to be! :)
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on 9 January 2014
Bought as a present for my son's Bulgarian girl friend as a joke because when she visited she was fascinated by the Geordie dialect sneaked a peek myself. Very good, funny, enlightening book
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on 12 December 2013
Great book, good fun, arrived quickly. Would recommend to anyone wanting to learn "a cannie bit o' Geordie like" and have fun at the same time
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