Thursday, 6 March 2008

So I'm curious.

If I said I was 'nebby' or 'having a neb' would you know what I meant?

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Ourman, being the only commenting reader in Newcastle, has proved my theory that it's a dialectal word. 'Nebby' is nosy, and 'having a neb' means having a nose through something you shouldn't really. To me, it's slightly milder than nosy - nosy is a bit more insulting, to me, but that might be an incorrect interpretation.

Like I said before, there's still quite a lot of Geordie dialect out there.

14 comments:

pierre l said...

no idea... I could try a Google search, but that would be cheating.

thatwemightfly said...

nope... if you had said noob, yes, but not neb... What is it?

Imperatrix said...

You have a nephew?

;-)

B said...

No and no :) I will see if anyone gets it during the day today and then I will share.

nuttycow said...

Is it like being a "ned"? Nope, I have no idea.

Hello by the way :)

ourman said...

Nose, or nosey. Right?

B said...

Hello nuttycow! I think I have seen you around. Thanks for dropping in.

Ourman, you have proved my theory that it's dialect. I didn't realise til a couple of days ago. And then I started to wonder if it was a real word at all or if I'd just made it up! Thanks :)

B said...

and pierre, thanks for not cheating. the wonders of google have helped me find out that it's not just a newcastle word, but also from certain parts of america. who knew?

Caroline said...

I knew! I knew! Bugger I am too late. But yes - 'mind yer neb' is like a mild 'keep your nose out' 'I'm not telling.'

x

trousers said...

I knew too: I grew up in Derbyshire and it was used there, at least among family members. I always remember my mum saying to the cats as they looked out of the window, "what are you nebbing at?"

John said...

Funny you should say actually, a couple of years ago I was involved for a short period of time with a nice lady from County Durham, and upon getting to know each other she asked me a question and at the end said that she 'was just being nebby'.

I had to ask my dad.

He's not from those parts. He's just a dad. He knows everything.

B said...

Caroline, you were late to my party ;)

hi trousers! *waves*

john, you cracked me up :)

loria said...

hrmm.. i think i might inject this into my day to day rambling at work... they already think me mad - i can easily interject all sorts of geordie tricks into my american slang...

or maybe not ;)

loria said...

hrmm.. i think i might inject this into my day to day rambling at work... they already think me mad - i can easily interject all sorts of geordie tricks into my american slang...

or maybe not ;)