Why "Toon Army"?

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pikey

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244 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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I'm looking for the answer to a question I have been unable to find Google or Wikipedia.

Why are Newcastle United fans called Toon Army?

ewenm

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205 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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Is it to do with the river Tyne?

NiceCupOfTea

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211 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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Is it Toon = Town (up the toon)?

dmitsi

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180 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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Back in the day when you'd get attendances upward of 100,000 fans, the town centre would be awash with black and white and I guess it looked a bit like an army. Toon is northern for town. Toon Army.

ETA one of the chants at the matches is 'Toon toon black and white army...' repeated etc.

Edited by dmitsi on Tuesday 25th July 16:06

minimax

11,984 posts

216 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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"toon" is geordie for "town" which is how geordies refer to Newcastle. as in: "haway man divvent be such a pansy let's gan t' the toon an have a few bottles o' dog like"



i've become quite the expert on geordie, mackem and borough language since I moved back here...although I still have to ask my staff to speak slowly or repeat themselves sometimes..on occasion I get them to write it down

hugoagogo

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193 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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NiceCupOfTea said:
Is it Toon = Town (up the toon)?


yes, it's town = newcastle united

minimax

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216 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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as an aside, my father used to refer to the toon army as "the tidal wave of support for newcastle FC"

hugoagogo

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193 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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minimax said:
i've become quite the expert on geordie, mackem and borough language since I moved back here...although I still have to ask my staff to speak slowly or repeat themselves sometimes..on occasion I get them to write it down


how man, divvent taak shite man

did you hear about the durham miner who went to the doctor with a bad back
doctor: "can you walk?"
miner: work? ah cannat even waak man!"

or the man in the geordie clothes shop
"do you sell shorts?"
"aye, d'ye want lang sleeved or short sleeved like?"

or the teacher in a geordie school
"can you see the board?"
"ah cannat even see a bord cage!"

Balmoral Green

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208 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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Beckham joke about Toon army and Tsunami please, I cant remember it

Killer2005

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188 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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More like Cartoon army

sleep envy

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209 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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Killer2005 said:
More like Cartoon army




better start running

minimax

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Tuesday 25th July 2006
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hugoagogo said:
minimax said:
i've become quite the expert on geordie, mackem and borough language since I moved back here...although I still have to ask my staff to speak slowly or repeat themselves sometimes..on occasion I get them to write it down


how man, divvent taak shite man

did you hear about the durham miner who went to the doctor with a bad back
doctor: "can you walk?"
miner: work? ah cannat even waak man!"

or the man in the geordie clothes shop
"do you sell shorts?"
"aye, d'ye want lang sleeved or short sleeved like?"

or the teacher in a geordie school
"can you see the board?"
"ah cannat even see a bord cage!"






it's exactly like that in my office!


every sentence has "like" or "man" on the end of it...usually indignation means that "man!" will be added as in "haway an' f**k off man!" whereas like has many more uses, for example when confused "eeeee ah divvent knaaa like!" I like the geordie accent

v15ben

14,858 posts

201 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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minimax said:
on occasion I get them to write it down


They can write?



Edited by v15ben on Tuesday 25th July 16:31

minimax

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216 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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sleep envy said:
Killer2005 said:
More like Cartoon army




better start running



dunno if that'll do any good - broken bottles of brown ale fly straight and true and for a long way!

minimax

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216 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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v15ben said:
minimax said:
on occasion I get them to write it down


They can write?



Edited by v15ben on Tuesday 25th July 16:31


says the man who has to edit his 3 word post

towman

14,938 posts

199 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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dmitsi said:
Back in the day when you'd get attendances upward of 100,000 fans, the town centre would be awash with black and white


So is it the "Toon Platoon" these days?

minimax

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Tuesday 25th July 2006
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towman said:
dmitsi said:
Back in the day when you'd get attendances upward of 100,000 fans, the town centre would be awash with black and white


So is it the "Toon Platoon" these days?



it's still an army really - the centre of newcastle is packed with beshirted men and women (I use the loosest possible definition here) in the streets and the pubs when the match is on at home. the atmosphere in the drinking houses can easily get out of hand if anyone says anything out of turn

tonto

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Tuesday 25th July 2006
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minimax said:
"toon" is geordie for "town" which is how geordies refer to Newcastle. as in: "haway man divvent be such a pansy let's gan t' the toon an have a few bottles o' dog like"



i've become quite the expert on geordie, mackem and borough language since I moved back here...although I still have to ask my staff to speak slowly or repeat themselves sometimes..on occasion I get them to write it down


Sorry Tom, can you write a bit slower, I can't understand your southern accent!

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Typical phrase issued by a Boro town centre pub frequenter after you've accidently spilled his pint

"Wozamara, sickalivin?"

Edited by tonto on Tuesday 25th July 17:07

minimax

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216 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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yeah that's true it is in fact boro isn't it

i'm still learning this accent you see

funny thing is, if I don't attune my ears and actually think about what they're saying in the office to me then I cannot make it out at all! for instance at the moment the lister is talking to one of the negs not ten feet away and unless I read her lips I just hear melodic babble..going to have to work harder on this...

Byff

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221 months

Tuesday 25th July 2006
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Tom's turning into the oracle of Newcastle.