Language by Trevor H. Smith published on 2018-09-05T21:14:14Z I remember thinking that pronouncing the I N G in words ending in I N G was a betrayal. That it really mattered what time you had your dinner. There’s no such thing as lunch. What’s for tea, Mam? I remember distrusting people that said ‘yes’ or even ‘yeah’ instead of ‘aye’. Or ‘no’ instead of ‘na’. I didn’t want to go ‘over the water’. Didn’t want to support a football team without geordies in it, never mind one that had a foreigner for a manager. I was that football stadium, its banners and songs. I was that river, those bridges, that coast. We used words that weren’t words anywhere else but here. We never exaggerated our accents; there’s two syllables in ‘beer’. The villages and roads never gave me any reason to doubt That Newcastle ran through me, but eventually it ran out.