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Frequently Asked Questions

From time to time we are asked questions relating to the directory and decided we would list a few of the most frequent ones below.

Q. What made you decide to use HawayTheLads/HowayTheLads.Com as the directory web address (URL) ?

Howay or Haway no matter how it is pronounced means “come on” in the Geordie language and the directory is meant to celebrate and encourage the appreciation of Geordie culture, history and of course the Geordie language & accent.

Howay or Haway all depending on how Geordies pronounce it, is an easily remembered and often used Geordie phrase which is used as a way of encouraging a team/goup of people to do something. Naturally this short URL address will help more people to remember us and then go on to recommend us to their friends, family members and mates.

Q. Why do you not have sections and links to websites about Sunderland or Middlesbrough in the directory.

A. We have made a point of deliberately not classing people from Sunderland (who more and more these days prefer to be called Mackems) or Middlesbrough (who now seem to prefer the nickname Smoggies) as Geordies, because we recognise “some” of the sensitivities involved that have sometimes been “forcefully” brought to our attention.

Obviously we did not want to continue too hurt the very sensitive feelings of those who have taken offence at our website address :)

While there may be some people who take the rivalry that exists between sections of Newcastle United or Sunderland football supporters to the extreme of “threatening people” if they do not stop referring to the term haway, as a Geordie term, we would like it known that in our opinion the term “howay or haway the lads” is and will always remain part of the Geordie accent and was being used as such well before football was even invented.

Q. What kind of audience is the directory aimed at?

A. We expect our audience will mainly come from visitors that live in the Geordie areas of Northumberland, Durham & Tyneside & Geordies ex-pats who now live in other parts of the UK or indeed the world.

If your still proud to be called a Geordie but you live in another part of the North East then we believe that means your a Geordie no matter where you currently reside and we hope that you might wish to honour/highlight the fact that you still class yourself as a Geordie and continue finding out about your Geordie heritage.

The directory is also aimed at a growing national and international audience who just happen to be interested in both the Geordie culture and history.

It was also once pointed out to us in rather angry email that Bobby Thompson the little waster was in fact born in Penshaw in Sunderland, however, we would like to point out that Bobby was always proud to be classed as a Geordie, whether he was born in Penshaw or not and spent the vast majority of his later years living in Whitley Bay on Tyneside.

We of course look forward to any comments, supportive or otherwise on this subject, however please hold back on the unwarranted threatening behaviour and bad language that has been used in some replies. (use the reply box below to have your say)

Q. I wish to have a Geordie link replaced or removed, how do I do this?

A. Complete our contact form with the words please “remove” or “replace” link in the comment field and be sure to state the full URL, the reason why the link should be removed and whether you have control over the website or web link in question.

Q. How do I recommend a Website or Web link to the Directory?

A. Simply contact us using our contact form or use the comment box in a relevant section of the directory and tell us to check it out, we will then review the site or link and decide if it is suitable for inclusion into the directory.

  • Please make sure you provide the full URL of the website or web page as this can effect our decision into which category we may place the link.*
  • All links must adhere to our Geordie links compliance policy.
  • Link placement purely depends on the context of the link.

We Look Forward To Answering Further Questions …


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  1. Marion

    I’m a lover of words and being a geordie gal I’m especially fond of the geordie language. I am having difficulty in finding the origin of ‘clammin/clamming’ – (very hungry/thirsty) – can anyone out there shed light on it??

  2. NEB Miidgets

    If you’re from Hebburn/Pelaw way, are you Geordie?

    1. Geordie H

      The people from Jarrow, Hebburn & Pelaw have every reason to be classed as proud Geordies … Check out The Jarrow Marches – C’mon follow the Geordie Boys

  3. Stock Photo Living

    I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this blog. Thank you, I’ll try and check back more often.

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