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Postby rorschach » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:33 pm

I was wondering if any of you have any strange local expressions or words? I'd like to hear things you or your friends have come up with too. I've provided (Stolen) some examples used in, though not exclusive to, Derry.

I stole the list from here http://derryman.blogspot.com/2006/12/derry-slang-101-guide-to-speaking-derry.html a blog by one of the locals (He must have been wile bored) and added one or two things myself.

Afeared - Afraid
a hanlin (a handling) – a complicated situation. Sometimes changed to handlebars
affronted – embarrassed.
All loured - Happy, delighted. I am all loured our team won
aye - yes.
bags – trousers or someone calling ownership on something ie. I bags sitting in the front seat.
baltic - cold (Only used when describing the weather)
banjaxed - broke
banty – Usually means wobbly such as calling a bad footballer banty legs.
bars – Gossip i.e. tellis us the bars hi (please tell us the gossip).
bat in the mouth - punch in the mouth.
batter on – to leave or move on.
belter - brilliant.
big lump – someone who is fat.
blocked - drunk.
blootered - drunk.
boggin – dirty i.e. yer man's bags were boggin – his trousers were unwashed.
brass neck - Very Bold
bucketin – raining heavily i.e. bucketing down.
burnie – hot – used in the terms of describing the temperature of food i.e. the stew is really burnie.
c' mere a minute – come over here for a minute.
c' mere hi – come here.
C.O - Carry Out of alcohol
cack – crap.
catch yurself on – grow up, wise up.
chancer – someone who takes risks.
chippy – fast food place that sells hot food.
class - brilliant.
crabbit – grumpy or in bad mood.
cracker - great/brilliant or really good.
craic – having a laugh or fun.
culchie- someone outside of Derry who sounds as if they should be standing in a field with wellie boots and a pitch fork, basically a red neck.
dander – slow walk.
dead on – perfect, thanks, level. Used as different terms such as saying thank you or describing something that is perfect.
deadly – brilliant/very good i.e. the match the day was deadly hi (todays football match was very good).
deef - deaf.
down the town – The city centre. Derry is on a hill so most people need to walk down the hill to get to the city centre.
Fags - Cigarettes
fish shop – a fast food place.
Fishy – a fast food place.
git away – go away. Usually said in agreement with someone.
git off – to have a sexual encounter with someone.
goney - going to.
headin – going i.e. I am headin out tonight.
Heel - The ends of a loaf of bread.
hi – You. Probably Derry's must used word ever. We use it at the end of every sentence to highlight the fact we are talking to someone i.e. hi you hi.
how's she cutting – how is it going?
im monkeyed! - i am dead drunk!
jist - just.
lethal - brilliant.
ma - mother.
Magic Hi - Great!
Majella or Madge- common name for young female teenagers in derry with little class or breeding
marra - tomorrow.
mind - remember.
mon you – come on you hurry up.
mouth – someone who talks to much or brags.
mouth as wide a the Foyle – someone who cant hold a secret. Also If your said to have came up the Foyle in a bubble it means your a bit thick (The Foyle is a river that runs through Derry)
Messages - weekly shopping
mucker – friend.
Naw - No
Norman -bullying term for someone with no friends (See The Undertones song There Goes Norman)
och dear aye – In agreement or saying yes.
och yer alright hi – Thanks but no thanks.
on the rip – drinking session.
on the tear – drinking session.
palatic – very drunk.
Peelers - police.
Plastered – very drunk.
Poke – Ice cream cone.
poke man – Someone who sells ice cream cones.
poke van – the vehicle used by the poke man to sell pokes.
Pure - Real as in That boys pure blocked
Rare - Strange ,as in That Morrissey's a rare boy (I added this one myself :))
Rubbered - Drunk
saunter - move.
scranner - begger.
Slabber – someone who brags or drooling at the mouth.
snotter box - nose.
sound – nice/grand/like/thanks – used as different terms but commonly used to describe someone who is friendly or simply to say thanks.
Steaming - Drunk (We like our drink)
stacks - plenty.
stick – to make joke about someone.
them there – that lot.
themins – them over there.
Wane – child. ( I think this comes from wee'un, a combination of wee and one, literally 'small one')
Waster – someone who is good for nothing.
wee buns – very easy.
wee critter – small child.
wee minute – a small moment.
Whats the craic? - Whats up?
wile - terrible.
wile civil – very nice friendly person.
wile colour - someone who is sick looking.
wile dose – someone who is sick, usually with the flu.
wile lookin - ugly.
wise up – telling someone to be more mature.
Worser – worse than worse.
Wrecked – tired.
yee - you.
yer man – him there.
yes boss – saying hello to someone, usually not your boss.
yes hi – saying hello.
mankin! - thats disgusting!
you've a neck on yee – describing someone who is cheeky.
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Re: Ecky Thump, Pal!

Postby rorschach » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:45 pm

Oh and you have to adopt a Nadine Coyle accent for it to sound right (As in really nasal and at times grating).
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Re: Ecky Thump, Pal!

Postby elko » Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:28 pm

There's some great ones in there.

Some good examples of Bristol dialect here. My favourite words that you hear quite regularly here are 'ginormous' (like a cross between gigantic and enormous), 'gert' (great, or really, as in 'gert big') and 'scrage' (like a graze or scratch, a word I didn't know was specific to Bristol until I used it outside of the city!).
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Re: Ecky Thump, Pal!

Postby Profanity » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:25 am

rorschach, I heard some of those sayings when I was in Northern Ireland. Some of them are self expalanatory such as blootered and snotter box and as for the rest I had to check the meaning.

elko, we use ginormous too but I've yet to hear gert in my part of the world.

I live in the East End of London and most of you probably know the slang used around here. However, I should point out that we don't yell "Rickaaaayyyyyy!" at every opportunity. Well, not all the time. :wink:
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Re: Ecky Thump, Pal!

Postby rorschach » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:34 pm

Profanity wrote:rorschach, I heard some of those sayings when I was in Northern Ireland. Some of them are self expalanatory such as blootered and snotter box and as for the rest I had to check the meaning.

elko, we use ginormous too but I've yet to hear gert in my part of the world.

I live in the East End of London and most of you probably know the slang used around here. However, I should point out that we don't yell "Rickaaaayyyyyy!" at every opportunity. Well, not all the time. :wink:


Yeah, we use Ginormous too, good word like.

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Re: Ecky Thump, Pal!

Postby Truman Capote » Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:36 pm

Well I already told you this but it's perfect for the thread!

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Postby Still Ill » Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:16 pm

Ginormous, I love that word. I first heard my kids use it. But didn't it come from Spongebob first?
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Postby ed... » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:55 pm

we just looked at accent and dialect in English Language at College, wish it was as interesting as that!
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Re: Ecky Thump, Pal!

Postby Cracked Pleasures » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:15 am

Great list, Rorschach! I remember several of those very well from when I lived in N.Ireland, though I never realised things like "wee" or "dead on" were typical to the province (even though I used them a lot myself, but I thought it was more general slang than typical Norn Iron slang)

I already picked up some German slang terms, though most of the slang that people here thought me are of sexual nature. For example "Fotze" and "Schwanz" for the genitals... You wonder why people come up with those words in particular, I did not ask for them myself anyway!
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Re: Ecky Thump, Pal!

Postby rorschach » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:50 am

Cracked Pleasures wrote:Great list, Rorschach! I remember several of those very well from when I lived in N.Ireland, though I never realised things like "wee" or "dead on" were typical to the province (even though I used them a lot myself, but I thought it was more general slang than typical Norn Iron slang)

I already picked up some German slang terms, though most of the slang that people here thought me are of sexual nature. For example "Fotze" and "Schwanz" for the genitals... You wonder why people come up with those words in particular, I did not ask for them myself anyway!


Their not all specific to Derry , some of them are just terms that are commonly used.

And heres a German swear word for ye CP, "Huren-Sohn" (Not sure of the spelling).

Means son of a bitch.
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Re: Ecky Thump, Pal!

Postby Cracked Pleasures » Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:14 pm

He, guess I'd better not use that too often though :) Apparently "Icke Icke Icke" is typical Berlin slang but after almost 5 months in the city I have not yet figured out the meaning.
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