"Eeh i'm clamming for some some scran hinny, get yasel doon the shops for some stottie cakes man woman!".
If you're from the North East the above sentence makes perfect sense, even if perhaps you don't use the terminology yourself you'll get the meaning. However if you're from 'daan Saaaf' (doon Sooth) you'll probably struggle especially if the words are spoken to you at speed from a bloke from Ashington. To be fair I struggle to understand blokes from Ashington from time to time and personally I'd tell him to get his own lunch as i'm busy.
Localised, regional accents are as we all know on the decline and for better or worse there seems to be a less interesting, more generalised way of speaking so it's great when you bump into someone who is a proper broad Geordie, or Cockney, Brummie or Jock. (writing the word Jock just there made me wonder 'is that deemed offensive these days' but apparently it's not, and I certainly didn't mean it to be. My mate Google has this to say about the term:
DESCRIBING a Scot as a “Jock” is not offensive with the word “hun” also deemed as “mild language”, according to research by communications regulator Ofcom.
There are countless 'Geordie' words and sayings that baffle people from outside the North East. I have been asked on a few occasions to explain the meaning behind our Geordie Genes Baby Vests 'Shy Bairns Get Nowt' or 'Little Worky Ticket'. Weirdly when you're put on the spot by a group of Australian tourists you kind of struggle to find the words to explain what a Worky Ticket is and I think they went away more confused than they were to begin with :)
We hope that in some small way we're doing our bit to keep some of our regional sayings alive by incorporating them into our Geordie Gifts for the Bairn of the North East.
By the way a spelk is a splinter you might get in your finger....but if ya from roond here ye already kna that divvent ya.