I was in Newcastle recently and was shocked to overhear several young Geordies saying ‘alright’ or ‘all right’ – ie. speaking proper English.
But in Geordie, it’s most certainly pronounced ‘alreet’ (or ‘arlreet’ if you wish).
It’s odd. I’m sure alreet was still in use a few years ago, but it now seems to have gone the way of ganzie, cuddy and hinny.
There is hope though. It could possibly be on the verge of a comeback, thanks to, of all people, those canny lads One Direction
Eeee pet. Who’d have thought?