They can't be doing it, the BBC hate Sunderland, heard it numerous times on here............................
I'm not talking about wearsiders...I'm talking about people from Sunderland (i.e. Mackems). It seems you have misunderstood again.The edge is correct
Never heard it unless some moaning geordie was around
Wearsiders never used the term about themselves
Boris you seem to be wrong yet again today
It's taken as a compliment in Sunderland. Perhaps they don't appreciate the etymology on Tyneside, which is a recognition of our proud shipbuilding heritage and a derivation of a word from the civil war for people from Sunderland, both of which would likely raise the hackles of people on Tyneside.It is meant as an insult on Tyneside.
My mum would be 93 now, she thought it was dreadful when Sunderland folk started calling themselves Mackems. She always classed it as an insult used by Newcastle natives. She would blow a gasket if she got called a Geordie, she liked to be known as a Wearsider. Topics to avoid - religion, politics & 1974's Tyne and Wear creation.This is wrong...I've always been a Mackem and it's not an insult. Sounds like your upbringing was flawed if you think it was invented by geordies...blame your parents.