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Canny, uses of

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This is by no means an exhaustive list of the different uses of the word "canny" in the Geordie vernacular, but may be of use to the non-speaker.

1) Attractive, adorable, pleasant, good-natured, nice. When used to describe a person i.e.
"What a canny bairn" - what an adorable child.
"She's canny, like" - She is very attractive.
"He's dead canny" - He is really nice.

2) Shrewdness. This is the most frequent usage in common English. i.e.
"She played canny" - She played cleverly / wisely.

3) Carefulness. Usually used as an instruction or as an addendum to a goodbye. i.e.
"Gan canny" - Literally go carefully, take care.

4) Fair, nice, good. i.e.
"I got a canny deal" - I got a good / fair deal.
"Bairns, play canny" - play nicely children.

5) As a substitute for 'quite', a qualifier. i.e.
"That film was canny good" - That film was quite good.
"The weather's canny crap" - The weather is quite bad.

6) A measurement of distance, both spatial and temporal. i.e.
"It's a canny way, mind" - It's quite a distance.
"He's been a canny while" - He has taken a long time.

As you can see, the distinctions between these usages are quite blurred, and when written, the word canny can have a number of meanings for example "he's canny" can mean he is nice, attractive pleasant, shrewd, fair etc.
"It's a canny way" can mean "it is quite far" or "it is a pleasant journey".
A lot depends on context and inflection, however Geordies seem to manage without any misunderstanding.

Canny, uses of

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tell me where to go at newcastle upon tyne

Canny, uses of

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F F Churchton

Divint na what ya onna 'bout!!!

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