The Mackem Dictionary


Sunderland’s best-selling book is back for a third edition. The Mackem Dictionary, the book that celebrates the wonderful words of Wearside, has become a firm favourite in the city for its tongue in cheek look at the Mackem dialect. After completely selling out in its first two editions, the book is back for a third run, and has some new words added too. In total there are over fifty new entries, including ‘kenk’ (nose), ‘lathered’ (to be very hot) and ‘what yer carley’ (for when you just can’t quite remember that person’s name).

And as with previous editions, proceeds will continue to go to Wearside charities, with 100% of the author’s royalties going to The Foundation of Light. Author Paul Swinney said: “Despite already outselling JK Rowling in the local Waterstones, it’s become clear recently on social media that there’s still great demand for the Dictionary. Since the second edition went out of print last Christmas we’ve been inundated by requests of where to buy it, so it was time to get some more printed.”

“Through running a Mackem word of the day series on Twitter and Facebook in recent months, we’ve also been able to work on new words thanks to suggestions from fans, so we’re able to bring the Dictionary back bigger and better than ever. It’s great to be giving the proceeds to charity again too. The book is about celebrating our dialect and culture, but I also want it to be able to give something back by helping to tackle the challenges that our city and wider region faces. This is why I’m delighted the proceeds will once again go to support the educational work the Foundation of Light does.”

Paul Dobson, of Sunderland based publisher, A Love Supreme, said: “The Mackem Dictionary is a special project for us, it’s been picked up all over the world, won so many awards and put Wearisde on the map, so we’re delighted to fund another print run. We’ve been publishing Sunderland based literature for 30 years now, but the dictionary is one of our proudest achievements.

Jamie Wright, from the Foundation of Light said “Ahem, haway man you’d have to be a dafty to not buy this bewk which will help us raise quite a few punds to help those in need across ‘Sunlun’ and beyond. Any self-respecting Mackem should nivver be without it. Jokes aside, we love the Mackem Dictionary which celebrates our region and dialect in a light-hearted and fun way, perfectly befitting of the people who live here. Thank you to the publishers and anyone who buys the dictionary for supporting our work improving educational achievement across Wearside, County Durham and South Tyneside.”

Hayley Metcalfe, manager of Waterstones Sunderland, said: “It’s our best-selling book ever and we’ve had so many customers asking us if we have any copies of the dictionary and we’ve had to send them away disappointed. So, it’s great that the third edition is now hitting our shelves, and with the additional pages, we look forward to it being an even bigger success than the first two editions. The first edition contained 120 pages and with its additional entries the third edition will be 184 pages.”

The book is on sale at ALS opposite the Stadium of Light and at Waterstones Sunderland

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