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Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:08 pm

Well, finally this might help a lot of people, including me!

Took this from Flickr of all places.

"There used to be a small booklet produced in the early seventies by two north east television presenters, Mike Neville and George House. It took the form of a phrasebook and was titled " Larn Yersel Geordie".
One of the sentences was "This bus is lorchin aboot like a shuggyboat", the English translation being " This PSV seems a trifle unsteady!". They must have had an Altantean in mind when they wrote it.
Another one that I remember was "Divvn't drop yer dottle on the proggy mat". The English translation being "Please refrain from flicking cigarette ash onto the carpet"."

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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:09 pm

Well I posted this on the Facebook group, and apparently its wrong...

George Craig on the group says-

'nah man that's wrong.....dottle is the gunky bakky mess in the bottom of half smoked pipe and a poggy mat is a woven rag rug...'

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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by Auf Wiedersehen, Pet » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:23 pm

These help, mystery solved and George is right!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dottle

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/content/artic ... ture.shtml

I now wonder if Colin had any idea of what 'wor Den' was on aboot like...
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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by dan slider » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:44 pm

Intresting, i always thought it was related to Northern Ireland for some reason

Proggy been for Proddy, Protestant??
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Post by Hedley Irwin » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:34 pm

George is definitely right.
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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by HudPitch » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:52 am

I picked up the "Larn Yersel' Geordie" LP this week - well worth a listen for AWP fans!
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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by RHill » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:41 pm

It's a language you mustn't add on your CV though.

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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by Wal-NUFC » Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:49 pm

RHill wrote:It's a language you mustn't add on your CV though.
why on earth not?
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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by Lou » Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:07 pm

Wal-NUFC wrote:
RHill wrote:It's a language you mustn't add on your CV though.
why on earth not?
Why not indeed, I always thought it was useful to add another string to ya bow!
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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by terryleather » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:58 am

I thought it meant don't get in trouble with the Red Caps.
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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by Kemal » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:34 pm

Ah Mike Neville....I remember him well. A real Legend on Tyneside. He was with BBC look north for decades...until he defected to Tyne Tees of course for the last few years...for better money I think! :lol:

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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by 936trt » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:39 am

I recall a local lad (Sunderland) called Mike Elliot explaining similar phrases, he was/is a mate of Big Baz and did local folk clubs in the NE during the 80's where I first saw them). Mike had a recording called "Out of the brown"with a lot of dialect and some hilarious stories.

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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by staveley » Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:00 am

Talking of accents, it always seemed a bit odd to me that Pat Roach was from Birmingham, yet played a West countryman. Timothy Spall was from London, yet played a Brummie, but it worked very well. I suppose that then, a brummie accent was associated with being a bit unworldly, a bit of a 'radish' which was what Barry was. Bomber could have just as easily have been Welshman or an Irishman, he as a man of few words but because of his strong accent you remembered everything he said. One of the strengths of the show to me is to show men of totally different backgrounds getting together in a common cause.

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Re: Divvn't Drop Yer Dottle on the Proggy Mat

Post by Musta bin Elbowed » Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:20 pm

staveley wrote:Talking of accents, it always seemed a bit odd to me that Pat Roach was from Birmingham, yet played a West countryman. Timothy Spall was from London, yet played a Brummie, but it worked very well. I suppose that then, a brummie accent was associated with being a bit unworldly, a bit of a 'radish' which was what Barry was. Bomber could have just as easily have been Welshman or an Irishman, he as a man of few words but because of his strong accent you remembered everything he said. One of the strengths of the show to me is to show men of totally different backgrounds getting together in a common cause.

And let's not forget Home Counties-born Christopher Fairbank playing a scouser 8-)

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