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An inhabitant of Sunderland. Often connected to the shipbuilding days where the Wearsiders would "mack em" (make them) before the Tynesiders would "tack em" (take them) to be fitted with engines.
"We mackem and ye tackem"
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A mackem is a person from Sunderland and some of the surrounding areas (peterlee for example).

Unfortunatly, the mackems have had the bad luck of being placed next to the geordies who are incredibly arrogant and are obsessed with Sunderland.

All the mackems find it pathetic that the Geordies hate them so much and the Mackems don't really give a shit. It's kind of like England and Scotland, you see?
MACKEM: I'm off to work, i'll be back about half five ok ?

GEORDIE: Am off ta la dole, ta collect me dosh, areet? i'll be back in a bit cos i'm garna spend it on snout an' scratch cards like.
by The mackem July 10, 2004
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n. A demi-god worshipped by ancient civilisations as the epitome of wit and sexual prowess. Romans and Vikings colonised the area in the hope of developing a race of supermen to help them in their ambitions. The word is based on a blend of Roman and Norse, and means "astonishingly well-endowed, funny and attractive angel on a temporary visit from Valhalla."

Not to be confused with Geordie who were the unfortunate result of a Roman experiment in which Scotsmen had intercourse with pigs. These unfortunate troll-like humanoids can be identified by the fact they have to wear clothes covered in a large barcode so they can be tracked and controlled by security satellites.
My goodness, that John Holmes is almost as well-hung as a Mackem.
by Cockney Mackem March 25, 2004
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Okay can I just put an end to all this Mackem bashing. Im a Mackem and proud of it, I was born in Peterlee and I love it up here. Yeah I admit we havent got the best football team in the world and there are the usual scum who live in the city but arent all cities the same? Name me one city in Britain which hasnt got a scum element. I bet you cant name one! The majority of Sunderland people are a friendly bunch, where as Newcastle people are a bunch of arrogant wankers who think they are better than everyone else. They hate everyone who lives outside of a mile radius of the Tyne!!
by SAFC4life April 20, 2005
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Mackems originated from the drunken coupling of a brother and sister from a series of caves known as Pennywell. Legend has it that, after consuming large amounts of Panda Pop and Hewla Hewps, the two fell into an embrace, resulting in the birth of a race of six toed, cave dwelling, sub human filth.

Mackems are generally very poorly educated, they are known for refusing to take employment as they are happy to live on benefits. Many choose to live in free houses they have been given from the council. This is primarily to stop them leaving the area and integrating with the normal people from the outlying boroughs.

They are a source of great amusement to the rest of the North East, much like poking a bear with a stick, or watching a fat bloke fall over.

The rest of the UK have no idea where Mackems come from. This is usually remedied by saying "Sunderland. Oh, it's down the road from Newcastle".

They are usually found round the back of Farmfoods waiting for out of date cheese, sitting on kerbs in the Pennywell shanty towns, waiting in the crisis loan queue at the job centre or appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show. They produce vast amounts of children with multiple partners. These offspring usually go by the name Jayden or Chantelle.

It is a well known fact that Mackems are responsible for all crime committed in the North East.

Well known Mackems throughout history include the old agony aunt off This Morning and Wearside Jack.
"Christ, I've lost both my legs in a terrible accident. Could be worse, I could be a Mackem"

"Aww is that that poor John Merrick fella, oh no, it's just a Mackem"

"Have you ever seen a Mackem in Milan?"

"I will admit to pretending to be the Yorkishire Ripper. But I wont admit to being a Mackem" - Wearside Jack.
by Cockadoody November 07, 2013
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right lets get this straight, because not all north easterners are geordies...

newcastle, geordie... "alreet meert am off doon tha pub leek"

sunderland, mackem... "that grin grursahs the evulist blurk in ahllah sundahlund, what with his shap by tha curst in rurkah n ahl tha"

middlesboro/hartlepool, smoggie... "arite mate, lark mah perple shert? ive had it for therty yers"

darlington, darloid... "eyah meerte, cun lenz twenny pey could yer?"

there you go.
darlington is 50 miles from newcastle, 40 from sunderland and 20 from middlesborough. WE ARE NOT ALL GEORDIES!
by southerner in the north January 13, 2005
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