Disclaimer: The information contained
herein constitutes a linguistic and sociological study of the West End of
Newcastle. The authors wish to emphasise that they in no way condone swearing,
or practices such as "TWOCing". They are fully aware that such things are
neither "big" nor "clever".
As you can see from the revision date, this site hasn't been touched for quite
a while; but since it obviously gets a fair few hits I thought I should pull my
finger out and update it. So any suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
and they will be included. Wey, as long as th' not shit like.
Charva Text is used widely around the Newcastle area of England. This language
was used raw and with no standard, until the language was studied and standardised
by littlecharva. Used primarily in the "West End", this language is used in everyday
conversation between "Radgees"
The language is easy to adopt and learn, and with the help of this document can
be learned with only a few visits to this site.
Your First Phrase
"hoo man, thes nixie t'dee"
This phrase can be used to a fellow Charva when you are bored, and have
nothing to do. This usually occurs when there are no more cars to "TWOC". If
we break down the phrase into it's four seperate entities, we can begin to
analyse it. The first entity, "hoo man", can be likened to the words "hey
you". Although these words are designed to be used as an attention grabber, they
are more often used to begin a sentence. The second entity "thes" derives
from "there's", the more common abbreviation of the English phrase "there
is". The third entity "nixie" comes from the Latin word "nix" which means
"nothing". The fourth and final entity, is "t'dee". This is another contraction
of the words "to" and "dee". The word "dee" is used to replace the word "do".
When the whole phrase is broken up and translated like this, it can be stuck
back together again to get the translation "hey you, there is nothing to do".
Swear words are an essential part of CharvaText. Words
like fuck, shite,
can be used widely in conversation with a fellow Charva. Most swear words can be
used at any time during a sentance to harden and lengthen the sentance. For
example, the phrase...
"Ah went oot last neet n' a got puarly mortal,
...can be lengthened by adding the words: cunt,
fuck, and bastard.
Thus producing the following...
"Ah went oot last bastard neet n' a got fuckin' puarly fuckin'
mortal, man y' cunt"
Getting To Know The Locals
Typical clothing for a Charva
consists of baggy Eclipse jeans in either black or white, checked shirts, sports
wear, usually ADIDAS (although a charva will never do sport, except for the odd
game of football), and baseball caps usually Nike.
[A photograph of a typical Charva will be uploaded soon]
The first essential needed to begin your Charvamobile is a car. Charvas
don't just go for any car though, it must meet certain specifications first.
The car needs to be cheap.
The car needs to be sporty in shape.
The car needs to be a bright colour. (Although it can be re-sprayed)
Usual recommendations are Ford Fiesta, Ford Escort, Vauxhall Astra,
Next comes the blacking. You must black out all windows, lights, mirrors,
and any other bits of glass on the car. Special darkened glass can be
purchased for this, but if money is a problem, a black permanent marker -
available at most stationary shops - will do the job.
Exterior decor is the next step. Big stickers promoting "Kenwood", "Max
Power", No Fear", "On A Mission", and other clever phrases are popular among
the Charvas. These can be placed: in the back window; along the top of the
frond windscreen; along the side of the car; and accross the bonnet.
If the car does not come equipped with a spoiler and body kit, then this
is an essential next purchase.
Finally the "music". A Kenwood or similar system is ideal for the charva
car. The music chosen must have a repetitive drum and bassline, with little or
no lyrics, and shouts of "Bassgenerator" and "Hardcore" throught the "song".
heeah man, al get me uncle t' propa kick ya heed in man, y'
fuckin' steroid takin' freak!
You're going to reget that, I'll get my uncle to sort you
To Be said after being turned away from a public house or
discotheque by a doorman.
That gadgee give us a proper dodgee deal
That man gave me an amount of drugs that were not of a very
After a "dealer"
has issued you with an amount of drugs, this phrase can be used if the drugs
are not of the standard you expected.
d'y wanna see what a proper nutter I am?
Would you like a demonstration of my mental
Should be used in the build up to a fight, in
order to scare the opponent into retreat.
y's 'r' all bastards, 'am gannin' hyem.
You boys are all rotten, I'm going home now.
usually issued when a charva has been upset due to foul play.
Ar aye, ah knaa what y've been deein'.
Oh yes, I know what you have been up to.
charva mother or father after a charva kid has just tried to conceal his
Viz - Viz
magazine, home of Ravey Davey Gravey, a top class Charva in his own
aave - Taken from the English
words "I Have". alfie - To inform an authority about somebody's
actions. (e.g. y' puarly alfied on us) allreet - Used as a greeting
term, "How Are You". (e.g. y'allreet charva?)
bastard - A fatherless child. Used
as an insult. beauty - See belta. belta
- Used for expressing how good something is. (e.g. that car's puarly
belta) bollocks - The male genitalia. Used to describe something as
rubbish. (e.g. y' talking puar bollocks ye are) bucket - When a
charva is depressed he might sit in a small room or cupboard with a bucket.
This is another way to inhale the illegal substance contained in a joint.
charva - A resident of the West
End of Newcastle. The Charva invariably believes that s/he speaks perfect
English, has perfect diction, knows the meaning of life (TWOC'ing) and is the
centre of the Universe. (e.g. how ye, y' charva) charve - Verb, To
Steal. See taxed. clamped
- To be corrected, nearly always used in conjunction with the word puarly.
(e.g. y' puarly clamped man, ye are) cunt - The female genitalia.
Used as an insult. cushdy - See belta.
dealer - A person who supplies
illegal drugs. dee - Taken from the English word do. (e.g. there's
nowt t' dee) divn't - Taken from the English word don't. (e.g. y'
divn't wanna dee that man!)
fuck - This English taboo word
should be used as much as possible in any sentance. (e.g. how man, that's
fuckin' puarly fuckin' ladgeful that man)
gan - Taken from the English verb
to go. geet - Adjective to emphasise things. (e.g. proper geet big
bloke) grass - See alfie.
hoo man - An attention grabber, to
be used when attention has already been gained. hor - A variation on
the English word her. how - A variation on the English word
hey. hyem - A Charva home. (e.g. 'am gannin hyem)
joint - The traditional social
tool between charva's. Charva's will sit around smoking joints while
knaa - An adaptation of the
English verb know.
ladgeful - Used for expressing how
bad something is. (e.g. she's fuckin' ladgeful hor man)
man - To be added indiscriminately
at the end of each sentence, man. me - Taken from the English word
my. mint - See belta.
nash - Nash is based on the
English verb to go, but usually involves speed. (e.g. he proper did a nash
when me father turned up) nitto - See ladgeful.
Usually expressed as nitto t' death. nixie - Nothing [From the Latin
nix] (e.g. nixie t'dee, it's puarly radgee) noo - Taken from
the English word now. nowt - See nixie.
oot - Taken from the English word
puar - Taken from the English word
pure. Puar and puarly are used to emphasise something. (e.g. it's puarly mint,
man) proper - An adjective to be used anywhere in a sentance. (e.g.
he's a proper radjee)
radgee - Is the Swiss Army Pen
Knife word of Charva text. Can be used as a noun, adjective or verb. Use
where, when and as often as you like.
scally - See Sharon. sharon
- Is the female of the charva species. shite - Excretement. Often
used to describe how bad something is. (e.g. that's fuckin' shite that is,
man) skwark - The high pitch vocalisation made by a sharon.
t' - A contraction of
to. tabs - A substitute for a more costly joint.
Charva's invariably tax tabs off one another to avoid purchasing
them. taxed - Stolen [tax - to steal] (e.g. y' puarly taxed me car,
man) thes - A variation on the English contraction
there's. TWOC - Taken Without Owners Consent, the term used to steal
waxa - See belta. wor
- Taken from the English word our.
y' - And ye'. A contraction of the
English word you.
If anyone has any ideas, new words or phrases, or anything
to submit to this CharvaText Specification, then please mail me.
Thanks to the following people...
Thanks for coming up with some dictionary entries, for the Charva
Cars idea, and various other bits and pieces.