Use of the word tret/treat (as in treated)

Does anyone know anything about the origins of the word tret/treat meaning treated.

Used as:

I broken up with my ex girlfriend because she tret me badly.

I’d been using that word for years without realizing it wasn’t actually a word until somebody stopped me and asked what it meant. I was pretty stunned, but having asked around, only my mother and myself use it. She’s originally from the North of England BTW. Does anyone know if this it a regional word or just something that sort of got made up because it sounds right?


Merriam-Webster Online says that “tret” is not a word. I myself have never heard it, and I’ve known people who grew up in England, and they didn’t use it either. The only past tense form of “treat” is “treated”.

Also, I think you meant “broke” in that example sentence, instead of “broken.”

Yes, I did mean broke, I was a bit quick on the post button :slight_smile:

I’m pretty sure that the word is a Northern English thing… cause my father who’s from the South doesn’t use it.
I’m assuming it would be spelt treat (hey, here’s another word I use, shouldn’t it be spelled? :wink:
as is read/read.

It is a North of England thing. I’m from Sheffield and it was only when I moved south that I found out it wasn’t standard vernacular English. Like a lot of Northern dialect terms, it’s pretty old. The OED gives the following example:

I have the impression that it’s less commonly used by younger people nowadays, but you still hear it from time to time from people in their 50s and upwards.