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This is more than just a collection of mining terms. It is an heartfelt attempt to bring together the words spoken by miners of the North East pits and how they relate to the wider language-world of the region and its literature of story and song. Pitmatic brings together pit literature its words, jokes, stories and songs that is fast disappearing and helps attest to the remarkable vitality of the region s dialect and the inventiveness of its speakers. The last major mine in the North East region closed in 2005 and with it went away of life. Through dialect words, humour, stories and songs Pitmatic: The Talk of the North East Coalfield will help you to understand the working and everyday lives of miners. Miners who provided fuel, helped sustain an economy, consolidated communities and created a unique and rich regional culture. Bill Griffiths is the author of the critically acclaimed A Dictionary of North East Dialect and Stotty n Spice Cake: The Story of North East Cooking. Pitmatic is his heartfelt attempt to bring together the words spoken by these miners and their families and how they relate to the wider language-world of the region and its literature of story and song. The welcome arrival of the book Pitmatic captures a unique dialect of Northern coalmining. Pitmatic is a language within a language developed by coal miners as their own form of communication both below and above ground. First noted in the 1870s Pitmatic is, with the closure of the coalfield, fast disappearing. Bill Griffiths has rescued for posterity this distinctive cultural tradition . Bill Lancaster, historian and Director of the Centre for Northern Studies

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Drawing on earlier compilations of dialect terms and oral history and organized by themes including signalling, disputes and automation, this book offers insights into the work and traditions of mining communities.

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It is hoped the book will preserve the dialect for future generations. --BBC Breakfast News, August 2nd 2007

An exceptionally rich combination of borrowings from Old Norse, Dutch and a score of other languages with inventive usages dreamed up by the miners themselves. --The Guardian, July 30th 2007

Fills a huge gap in present day knowledge of the subject and at the same time it is an exceptional read. --Beamish Museum

An exceptionally rich combination of borrowings from Old Norse, Dutch and a score of other languages with inventive usages dreamed up by the miners themselves. --The Guardian, July 30th 2007

Fills a huge gap in present day knowledge of the subject and at the same time it is an exceptional read. --Beamish Museum

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