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How till spake Norn Iron (A guide to local phrases)

There's no better way to get to know the city and its people than to mingle with the locals and engage in a bit of light-hearted 'banter'.

So if you want to know the difference between a minger and a munter or why tea is different from tae, or add your suggestions, just consult 'How till spake Norn Iron' and you'll be talking the talk before you know it...big lad!

Here's our A-Z online guide to speaking the local lingo, like:

A is for...
Ach: A regional word that's usually placed at the start of a sentence. “Ach go on.”, “Ach you know?”
Arse: Bottom, bum. “A kick up the arse.”
Ascared: Combination of the words afraid and scared. “I'm ascared of heights.”
Aye: Yes. “Aye, I'll have a pint if you're buying.”
 
B is for...
Bake: Mouth/face. “Shut your bake”, “Look at the bake on her”
Banjaxed: Broken. “Darling, the bog is banjaxed, call a plumber”
Banter: Craic, fun chatter.

“Let's go for a pint and some banter”
Beezer: Good, fantastic “Your new car is beezer mate.” (Rosemary – London)
Big Lad: A robust young gentleman. “Alright big lad?”
Bout Ye!: Greeting, How are you? “Bout ye big lad, let's go for a swall.” (Glenn Kelly – Belfast)

C is for...
C' mere: A command. “Come here”
Catch yourself on!: An expression, translated as “Get a hold of yourself!”, “Wise up!”
Clinker: Similar to Beezer.
“My new bike is clinker.” (Eimear – Belfast/Glasgow)
Coupan: Face. “Look at the state of the coupan on yer woman.” (Eimear – Belfast/Glasgow)

Cracker: Good. “That restaurant was cracker”
Craic: Fun, to have a good time. “The craic is mighty lads, get the beers in”

D is for...
Da: Father. “I seen your Da in the pub last night”
Dander: Walk. “Lets go for a dander”
Dead-On: Good, decent, alright.
“I like him, he's dead-on”
Does my head in: Expression. Someone who really annoys you. “That dipso does my head in”

E is for...
Eejit : An Idiot. “You are an eejit”

F is for...
Faffin': Messing around, acting an eejit. “Stop faffin' around and do some work”
Fegs: Cigarettes. “Can I have twenty fegs and a can of coke?”
Fiddle: A Violin. “Get that fiddle out and let's have a sing-song”
Fire: Throw. “I was out firing stones at the peelers”

G is for...
Grand: Good. “That's grand, I'll see you at half-eleven”
Gub: Mouth. “I've got a sore gub”
Guddies: Trainers. “Look at my belter new guddies”

H is for...
Haul: Hold. “Your man can't haul his beer”, “Haul my jacket”
Hoak: Rummage. “That wee man hoaks through the bins”
Hole: Bottom, Bum.
“Get your lazy hole out of bed and go to work”
Hoop: Bum, bottom. “That child has a face like my hoop”

I is for...
I tell a lie: Expression, meaning you've made an error. “I tell a lie, I do remember who you father is”
I'll do you!: Expression, meaning you're in big trouble. “I'll knock you out big-lad”, “You're going to receive a thump”
Is that you?: Regional question. “Are you finished?”, “Are you ready?”
Is your head cut?: Expression, meaning are you wise? “Why did you buy a chocolate fire guard, is your head cut?”

J is for...
Jammie: Lucky. “That jammie sod just won the lottery”
Jam Jar: Slang. Car. “I've bought a brand new jam jar”
Jaunty: Tracksuit wearing moron, usually found loitering outside shopping centres with nowhere else to go. May also be sporting a bum-fluff moustache.

K is for...
Keepin' Dick: Keeping Lookout. “Keep-dick for me while I rob this jewellers”
Kex: Underwear.
“I have to go a buy new kex for my honeymoon”
Kilty-Caul-Bum: Expression/song, meaning Kilty-cold-bottom, a Scottish gentleman with no underwear. “One for me and one for you and one for kilty-caul-bum”

L is for...
Lamped: Punched. “I lamped yer man after he called me a nasty name”
Lamps: Eyes. “I cried my lamps out”, “I got my lamps punched last night”
Lump: Lazy, “Get out of bed you big lump and get a job”
Lifted: Arrested.
“Wee Stevie got lifted by the peelers last night”

M is for...
Ma: Mother. “How's your Ma?”
Melter: An annoying person who gets on your nerves. “That wee girl is a melter.” (Rosemary – London)
Minger: Ugly, an unattractive person. “You're such a minger”
Munter: An unattractive woman dressed inappropriately for her age and covered in fake tan. "Yer Ma's a munter"
Mucker: Mate, pal.
“Alright mucker, fancy a pint?”

N is for...
Naff: Stupid, crap. “Your new car is naff”
Neb: Nose. “Yer man has some neb on him, it's massive”
Norn Iron: Slang/dialect. Northern Ireland. “I hope Norn Iron win the World Cup”
Nuck: Steal. “I didn't nuck your milk”

O is for...
Offie: Off Licence. “Let's go to the offie and buy some beer”
Oul: Old. “This pub is really oul”
Oul-Doll: Old Lady. “That oul-doll looks like your Ma”
Oul-Lad: Old Man. “That oul-lad lives up our street”

P is for...
Pastie-Lip: Someone with a big bottom lip. “Here comes pastie-lip with his new girlfriend”
Peelers: Police. “The peelers do my head in”
Poke: Ice-Cream. “Ma, can I have a poke with sprinkles on it?”
Pull: Go on a romantic conquest, usually on a Friday and Saturday night at a disco. “Right, pass my aftershave, I'm going on the pull tonight”

R is for...
Ragein'
: Angry, fuming. “£15 for a taxi, I was ragein'!” (Anna - Belfast)
Ratten: Rotting, disgusting. “Those prawns were ratten”
Reddener: Embarrassed. “I took an awful reddener when I fell off my chair”
Right: Assertive, usually applied at the start of a sentence. “Right, I'm away home for my tea”
Runner: Run away, flee with speed. “Here come the peelers, let's do a runner!”

S is for...
Scundered
: Embarrassed. “Look at yer man's trousers, I'm scundered for 'em!” (Anna - Belfast)
Sound: Dead on, easy going. “Yer Da is sound”
Spake: Pronunciation - Speak. “Shut up and let me spake”
Spuds: Potatoes. “Get the spuds on love, I'm starvin'”
Stickin' Out!: Fantastic! “I'm stickin' out big lad and how are you?”

T is for...
Tae: Pronunciation - Tea. “Put the kette on and we'll have a cup of tae”
Tea: Dinner. “Jimmy, your tea is ready”
Tele: Belfast Telegraph, a Belfast newspaper. “Give me the Tele and a packet of crisps”
Till: To. “Are you coming till the shops?”

V is for...
Veda: Malted bread native to Northern Ireland. Lovely with some butter and cheese.

W is for...
Wee: Small. Used by every single Northern Irish person.  “Have a wee bun”, “Would you like a wee bag?”
What about ye?: Greeting. “How are you?”
Wick: Stupid, useless. “That new Glentoran kit is wick”
Windee: Window. “Someone broke my windee”

Y is for...
Ya: You. “Ya look like my Ma”
Yarn: Talk. “I had a good yarn with your Ma”
Yer: You're. “Yer my best mate”
Youse: You Lot. “Youse keep the noise down, I'm trying to sleep!”

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27.06.2015
Michael
Texas
Brine (brown)...half 9 (9:30)
27.06.2015
Michael
Texas
This is me... (beginning of sentence)...bunny boiler (clingy girl)...themens, you'sens (I think that's how u spell it, meaning they/them)...millie/millbag (un classy woman)...stiek (also not sure how to spell, meaning chav)...crusty baps (bread)...getchyer bap chopped (haircut)...getchyer buck? (Romantic conquest question)...swilly (drink)...vedka (vodka)
27.05.2015
Bixie
All over UK (US too @times!)
Emmm: same as uhhh or ummm when speaking/pausing Twee: overly sweet/cute/quaint (very romantic films are twee) Bleurgh: common expletive-means disgusting, same as "Ew!" or "Gross!" in USA. Can be used to express anger/depression/frustration too…
25.05.2015
Lorraine Anne Brown

What abt yee
21.04.2015
Aran
Manchester
"What time are we on?" as an grammatical variation from standard English when asking "What time is it?" (At least it County Antrim it was/is!)
16.04.2015
Mark Kelly
Australia
How about "skinaferry" - very cold. "How's about ye?" - how are you. "See me, see her?" - used at the start of a statement to bring attention to your point (from memory). Boggin - Dirty, Boggin awful - REALLY dirty. These might be particular to County Down.
10.03.2015
Murtle
belfast
dirty hallion
16.02.2015
Dickie Miller
Portydown
On yer bike - To tell someone to move along (can be used to friends or enemies) Away with that - sort of 'like catch yourself on'. Shes/its a qwur handlin' (qwur is pronounced like square without the s) - think it means that a situation or a job meant it was a lot of bother. Ack sure yano(you know) yourself - usually said at the end of a lengthy dialogue as means to bring discussion of subject to an end.
11.02.2015
James
Ballycastle, NI
"fine rightly" used for emphasis "all too well": "he knows fine rightly that he gets on my tits"
26.01.2015
John Moffatt
Coleraine, Coleraine, United Kingdom
She has a face on her that would cut tin meaning she doesn't look too pleased. I'm away down the road meaning I'm away home Just around the corner meaning its around the next corner which could be 3 miles away
12.01.2015
Peter
Belfast
Here's me (as in Here's me, wha') - so I said.
29.12.2014
Anna
County Tyrone
knackered- extremely tired/exhausted foundered- feeling cold baltic- if something is cold (like the weather) its baltic
27.12.2014
Al
Surn Irlnd
He's away. Gone home or left this place.
27.12.2014
Al
Surn Irland
Forninst you. In Tyrone I believe - in front of you
14.11.2014
Tania Funston
Belfast, United Kingdom
Very useful for teaching English / local dialect to foreign students :)
08.11.2014
Alan
Leeds
Wind your neck in - stop being an idiot
05.11.2014
annie
Armagh
Well my da would say i cauld ate a horse, or she has a face lak a weel skelped chiles arse, or i'll give ya a bat in the gub, or if ya go up the town al lave ya a bedral, or oul mealy mouth or gobshite, or newry nuck and a cavan buck.
17.10.2014
Michelle Mccullough
Lurgan
brill
09.10.2014
Steve Wyke
Canada (from Ballymena)
what about "Gurnin" - crying - quit yer gurnin or i'll give ye something to gurn about!
16.09.2014
jo hardy
wirral
what about HERPLE[LAME], JAPPED[SPLASHED], BLIRT[DEROGATORY, USELESS IDIOT]
13.09.2014
Alex Beck
Vancouver, Canada
"I have to put on myself" i.e. get dressed. "Bain" person, short for human being. Contraction "I amn't going." Rather than "aren't" "chimley" for chimney.
31.08.2014
Joanna
Ballymena
Actually one of the better articles iver seen, but i believe that for 'Nuck' you mean probably mean 'nick' like 'That wa**ker nicked my pint' or at least thats how its pronounced. Ive also never in my life heard of 'Kilty caul bum' never heard of 'Poke' either... 'Peelers' ive heard of, but its not used a lot anymore most people round my area actually use the scottish adopted 'Here comes the polis'. Also 'naff' isn't used a lot anymore. A LOT more correct than most of the other articles ive seen about our slang, majority of it is spot on.
27.08.2014
George
Canada
My mother in law used to say someone that was waited upon for every whim was " laid and lifted" "Ach that Eileen is laid and lifted so she is!"
18.08.2014
Alastair
Moira
Yid bey dead if yid the wut tae stiffin- you're useless
10.08.2014
Rosy
S E England
Bravely. "Bout you?" - How are you? "Bravely" - feeling in good health. He's fairly failed/faded - He's deteriorated or he's not looking well. He's right and cute - He's cunning. Stop keeping him goin' - stop teasing him. He's a bit distracted - He's agigated. Away or that with you - You're telling lies/exaggerating/kidding/or just go away! Don't get my dander up - Don't make me mad. Give ma head peace - give me some peace/go away.
30.04.2014
Doire
Derry
Anyone trying to belittle Gaelic would show their ignorance of it by saying "Mahogany gas-pipe !!" My granny would pronounce flure-floor...,dure-door....,windy-window,...agin-against. If someone was crying and blubbering she'd say "The snatters (bogies) were tripping her !!" On giving someone medicine , or even a cup of tea on a cold night "This'll cure what aills yee!" or "this'll fix yee", "This'll put ye right" The news was called "Jack Orr's". "Put on Jack Orr's'..put on the news. "I see Mc Cormack's out" ...The sun has come out. "In like Flynn" To get involved unhesitatingly. "Get away the hell's gates from there" Leave that alone. "It would've froze the tae in the pot" It was very cold. "It was sweltering" ,"I was sweltered" .....very hot. "Specky M'Gecky!" An insult to someone wearing glasses! "Baldy bap!" ....someone bald. "Clute" someone left-handed. "Leaper" someone dirty. (prob from leper?), "sally rod" willow stick (saille Irish for willow). "Quare gayg," good laugh.
30.04.2014
Culchie
Belfast
An untidy dishevelled place...a kip, a dump, or a hole An untidy person would be said to look like "Flanders" or "the wreck of the Hespice" (unsure of the spelling) The arrival of spaghetti in Belfast caused some consternation in particular !! Spagekki,and Bisketti both used !! A person falling on their posterior might have hurt their; Hoop, Ring, Bangle, Ar5e, Bum, Star, Hole. !! To someone tall...."...if you fell twice , you'd be in Bangor !!" Nicknames. A docker who got entangled in ropes whilst casting off an unloaded ship and was smashed against the ship's hull in Belfast was thereafter known only as "Champagne "!!! LOL!! True !!! A Derry lad who reached puberty early was evermore called "Manar5e" ! He introduced himself to my brother-in-law as such!! "Slim-Jim" ......he was over 20 stones...."Fat-Frank" from Ardoyne,......he was around 8 stones soaking-wet !! A fat local doctor is known as "Moby-doc "...or just "Moby" "Heart-attack-Joe" got easily excitable and irate over the littlest things!! And indeed as predicted retired after having a heart-attack !! Another lad who has had on-going heart troubles is known to his friends as "Shit-heart" !!!! Met a bloke they called 'Weir" . Thought that to be his surname.......but it later transpired that he had an under-developed left ear and the nickname was actually "Wee-ear" !!! Familiar greetings include "Alright sh1te-the-tights", or "Waddaboutyee scare-the-dogs!".....often to be countered perhaps with "Ask yer ma "! or just "Aye yer ma!".....urging the recipient to enquire of their mother !! If you had no intention of doing what someone had just asked of you..."Aye ,Right!!", or "Haul-on dee-I finish this bap !!" or "See ya in the Beano !!", ..."Aye you've two hopes of me doing that for you, Bob Hope, and No hope !!"
30.04.2014
Conall
Belfast
Best one I've heard lately, shows how language updates and evolves. Recently overheard a boy racer in Toomebridge boast to his mate about his car's exceptional road-handling. "Aye....she howls the road like a rat in Reeboks "!!! Class!! Sleggings are my favourites. To someone fat: "Some ned on yee"!! (ned kelly=belly!), or "Luckatda sizeayee", "Luckatda shapeayee"......even further shortened to merely "sizayee"!! or "shapeayee"!! A great way of making anyone feel bad about themselves ,with great economy of effort !!! To anyone with a big nose...."Some neb on yee"!....."Good job fresh air's free!!"....or "Budgie bake!" To someone with a black eye..." Talking when you should have been listening ?"!!! To someone with pronounced teeth "You could ate an apple through a tennis racket!!" . Bad teeth.."...a mouthful of broken delph!" To someone skinny..."You're as broad between the shoulders as a herring between the eyes"!! Only lately got the implication of this on catching my first herring !!.......or "skinny-milink, melojian-legs!" ..presumably melodian ...a piano-like instrument with thin legs!!
30.04.2014
Conall
Belfast
My granny would say: " If it's not the skebs (scabs), it's the skitters (dihorrea)" !!! and roar with laughter ! .It meant, if she had a medical complaint....she would shrug it off with the above saying, meaning " If its not one thing wrong with me it's another "!! Humourous resignation to an aliment !! My favourite though , and it's got some hilarious responses lately........in the event of someone breaking wind violently....... she'd say..."Pull (pron. ull as in hull) them down ,and we'll all sh*t in them !!"!! Magic !!!
03.04.2014
Tasha
Belfast
And can't forget we don't say whore, we say huer lol, for some reason, this Iis often directed at animals as much as women "rex you oul huer, get back here so I can get this lead on ya"
03.04.2014
Tasha
Belfast
Shabeen- An illegal drinking/ drugs den. "My ma's goin' till kill my da when she gets home, it looks like a shabeen in here". Frigger- Politer way of saying f*cker "how's your wee boy doin'?" "He's puttin' away, he's a wee frigger" Frig- Politer way of saying f*ck. "Ma can I take another one a them beers" "frig away off, you've had enough as it is ". My arse- To imply someones full of it/dead on "he told me he spent sixteen grand on that car","my arse". Raker-Someone who likes to tease others, often unmercifully "aye that Jim one's a raker alright, he gave John a new pair of gloves with the index finger cut out, after"fee lost his index finger when a metal sheet slipped in the yard". The yard- ship yard "I worked with that hallion in the yard twenty odd years ago". Hings- Things "what do you call 'em wee metal hings again the doctor hears yur breathin' wif? Wif-With "you cumin' till the shap wif me? Shap-Shop. What are you on about?- What do you mean "what are you blatherin' on about now?" Blather- To rant/ talk nonses "stop your blatherin' and carry at bag for me". At- Can mean that "at's right, he still owes me a fiver!" State of ye- Your a mess "look at the state a ye standin' there with a face like a slapped arse" A- Can be used to mean of "get a feg a kim, I'm of them now". Pure- can mean total "he's a pure wee dote". Space cadet- An eejit "I swear, he's a pure space cadet" Stinker- Some who doesn't take care of them selves/their kids/their house adequately "she's a stinker, hasn't washed the inside a her windee's for months"
03.04.2014
Tasha
Belfast
Don't know if these have been mentioned already, Face trippin'- To frown like you're in a bad mood "she just stood there with her face trippin' her like an eejit" As f*ck- instead of as anything, "he's stingy as f*ck" Rare- Unusual or in bad taste, to the point of making you cringe "did you see her dress, it was rare as f*ck". You wah?!- Instead of pardon, I must have misheard you. "I'm pregnant again" "you wah?!". Like f*ck- In your/his/her dreams. "Do you think you'll ever get back with him" "Aye like f*ck". Dead on- See like f*ck. "Haha you should get a dress like that" "aye dead on". Dead on can also mean someone is friendly and pleasent "he was always dead on with me". Depends on the tone/context which is which. Sound- Pleasent and friendly "awk that wee fellas' sound". Dead can also mean very "she's dead annoyin'. (Those of us with broad Belfast accents struggle not to drop our g's at the end of ing words). Tell us this?- Can I ask you? "Tell us this, what do you call the wee man who runs about in shorts all the time round here, even when it's lashin'?"
02.04.2014
Some hallion
Yorkshire
"Would you look at the cut o' her!" (She's not very well presented) "Thon's cyat!" (That's terrible) "Horse it into ye!" (Consume it rapidly)
12.02.2014
Gary White
Gouviá, Kerkira, Greece
Hee hee! :D
02.02.2014
Sarah
London (formerly Bangor)
"Didn't know where to look" (embarrassed) : "my Ma didn't know where to look when me Da showed up pished at the bingo".
31.01.2014
Elina Nieminen
Belfast, United Kingdom
I still have a lot to learn :P
17.01.2014
kyle
cookstown
"show me that outta yer haun!" let me do that for you. "Get outta my light!"- unfortunately your preventing me from carrying out my task. Hallion- large cumbersome person
14.01.2014
Newry nuk
New-York
Ock I'm away back to the scratcher (bed) them wee pinks are like balls of flour(talking about spuds) spucketing (it's raining).. If that one doesn't stop gurnin I'll giver sum thing to cry for. Right before you get a smack... Love reading all these, keep it coming.
19.12.2013
Christopher Rourke
Dorset and Ireland
I've got a { wil'[d] dose } !' = " I am very ill "
19.12.2013
Christopher Rourke
Dorset and Ireland
'Stop futering about' - my love says to me... (footer, futer = 'fidget', 'waste time' etc.; via Scots fouter* from Old French foutre*, or perhaps from Irish fútar*)
14.12.2013
George
Brampton, Canada
"Hard case" "Ach yer man is in the Crumlin again...hard case so he is." My mum used to use this often to describe rough and tumble types.
06.09.2013
kieran
omagh tyrone / london .
Futtering - generally doing nothing, just wasting time
22.08.2013
johnty
newtownabbey
There's a norn = there's another one
22.08.2013
Julie Denvers
London
QUARE - as inb big. ''Jesus that's a quare size'' DIDDIES ! - as in boobs ''He kicked the ball at me and it smacked me in the diddies'' GUDDIES - as in trainers ''Have you got your guddies we ya for PE'' UMBERDOODLE - as in umbrella ''Jaysus it's pourin' where's me umberdoodle''
16.08.2013
Robert Bussell
Holywood
Am not think nothin about no one !!!!
09.08.2013
paul
lisburn
I remember back in the seventies winding my gran so badly she lost the bap and yelled yell i'll draw my hand across your bake ya bloody wee shite .16 i told her she looked like 1690s lady , 16 at the back and 90 up the front .
22.07.2013
Sophie
East Belfast, NI
How bout Balltic; freezing. And Rippin' ; raging or angry.
18.07.2013
tonzer
derry
What about 'Dundering-in' Meaning the place is a mess? The house looks like a dundering-in. Or 'My head's melted' meaning I am stressed.
14.07.2013
rhiannon
belfast
Aye right no sure! Wat r u on about? shut ur yer bake ya wee header ill do yer windies in about yeeeeee
01.07.2013
Paddy
The Moon, Derry
Red & brown ding - red & brown saucewhoppin - uglyeep yer mouf - shut your mouthwhat's happening? - greeting bangin - goodGench - odd looking chapwhure - whore
30.06.2013
Ed ex Belfast
Isle of Man ,
Face like a scalped arse trans not the most attractive or when someone is not very happy looking. Balicks pronounced ba-leeks derivative of the English bollocks. Your talkin balicks!. He's a Wing nut trans an eejit, idiot. Mustard as in he's mustard, getting into thing or upto things he shouldn't .
13.06.2013
Mollie
norn iron, craigavon
Whysh- wash- 'i'll have ta put on the whysh
13.06.2013
Mollie
Norn Iron, portadown
You'll do what with your handbag, son?!- usually said to a falla that threatens you or something similar, making them sound like a girl with their handbag? Anyone heard this before??
12.06.2013
Chuck
Northern Ireland, Belfast
Lumnit - a rehash/shortening of the phrase "I'm loving it". e.g "Lumnit mate!", "This steak is amazin', pure lumnit!
10.06.2013
Hugh Girvin
Canada, Kincardine
In Larne "Scundered" meant to be "fed up with" or sick of. eg. I'm scundered with school.
02.05.2013
Bob Doherty
Illinois, USA, Schaumburg
What about - He's no goats toe! Meaning he isn't stupid.
11.04.2013
Ken
England,
Your heads cut - your stupid. Or your a head the bin - a dope. Your arse is hangin out the winddie (window) and your grannies thrown snowballs at it! - Your being naive. Hows she cuttin ole han'? - hows things? Reply - full o the blade - pretty good.
07.04.2013
Nigel Ross
Australia, Melbourne
'I thought I was harpic and ma head was cut, being a head bend when I read them there comments' Belfast
02.04.2013
Mary
Norn Iron, Newry "Countdown"
"funkin", "mingin", "mankin" - varying degrees of being filthy."shapping beg" - a bag for carrying your "messages"
19.03.2013
Neil
Co.Down NI,
Yer man's not the full shilling, meaning he lacks intelligence. He's a fly man, meaning he's one to watch lol
17.03.2013
C. Stewart
Engerland,
Yer all quare gegs so yis are. Any pachals or hAllions out there.
12.03.2013
Rhonda
Yorkshire,
Ganch/gansh - to talk or someone who talks a lot/is a gossip. "I was ganching on the phone for hours" or "Yer woman is a wild ganch".
11.03.2013
Pearce
Northern Ireland UK, Rasharkin
Canny- cant. Mon ahead- come on. What's the curren- what's the craic. Fadge- potato bread.
09.03.2013
Caitlin
Northern Ireland, Co Down
Yer heads lit mate....youre crazy!
08.03.2013
Danny
County Down, Bangor
Hammered - meaning drunk,Stonned/ Baked -meaning high on drugs
04.03.2013
Sharon
USA/IL,
Stocious - very drunk. "She was stocious, so she was".
04.03.2013
Sharon
USA/IL,
"I'll warm your fricken ear!" - To slap someone across the face.
04.03.2013
Sharon
USA/IL, Roscoe
Pegs - Teeth i.e. "See her, she hasn't a peg in her head".
04.03.2013
Michelle
USA/New Jersey, Haddon Township
Loving every one of these. Haven't heard gurnin' in ages. "Stop yer gurnin' or I'll give youse (sounds like 'yiz') somethin to cry about." How about stocious for senselessly drunk, often used with a tinge of disgust "Ugh, bloody stocious, so he was!" And keek "laughed so hard I keeked my pants." Duff for bum, usually when you've been shirking your work too long "Right, off yer duff." This is a really ancient one, my mom used to say "clocks" for afeared cockroaches, don't know if anyone uses that one anymore. "Go fix yerself" is what you're told if you're unkempt in the eyes of your disapproving companion. "You see him?" when pointing out someone usually not in a flattering way "You see him? He's a crook!" Boats for a large-footed person's shoes "You could sail to China in those boats!" "Away on wi youse," for dismissing someone who's annoying or when you've had enough of someone's hot air. It's good fun to read all these, such great character and wit amongst the folks of NI. Thanks everyone xx
21.02.2013
Carl
Norn Iron, belfast
What about the phrase "Im half cut" meaning im drunk
21.02.2013
Sean
Ireland, Omagh
wud yiz howl yir weeisht/ be quiet!!
06.02.2013
Ritch
Co. Antrim NI,
Fleeced - have no money ( I'm fleeced)Boner - erection (hit a boner)Quare - goodJebs - breasts (quare set of jebs on ye!)Hand glider - ciderWab - penisSuckie -oral sexBoggin - disgusting or dirty or ugly
03.02.2013
Mike San Agustin McCrea
Philippines, Los Banos
No one ever drank a cup of tae, it's a "cupatae", and probably in "yer han"
28.01.2013
Tony
Switzerland,
Don't forget the other meaning of "skitter" (brat) - Thon's a cheeky wee skitter, so he is
26.01.2013
Duncan
Nz, Auckland
What is a Numil, and or maybe nimil We are always using it for a small amount... Thanks. Duncan
09.01.2013
Colin
UK, Belfast
Fleg flag ie start wavin thon fleg.Beg bag ie hey, have ye seen my beg anywhere?Yer heads a marley, your not making any sense sir.good list, lots of chuckles
07.01.2013
Ceri
Merseyside,
"Get a move on, or I'll put my toe up your hole." Hurry up, or I will plant my boot in your bottom. "Ach, ya wee skit-ter" Affectionate terms addressed to a child.Also, any term, when said in a strong Northern Irish accent, can mean drunken. For example: "You should a'seen your ma last nite, she was trolleyed." But you can substitute anything for trolleyed. "Your ma was treed" "Your ma was rugged." "I was near turned looking at it" means I was totally disgusted."you've got a face on you like a busted boot" (you look like an angry child who's not getting their own way." you've got a face on you like a Lurgan Spade" (you look very sad).
01.01.2013
Jack
Northern Ireland, Belfast
"Get tore into" imperative, instruction to do better, to be more competitive: coach to football team "get tore into them lads": parent to children "yous get tore into your homework before your tea."
01.01.2013
Jack
Northern Ireland, Belfast
"tear into" to attack or beat someone, or equally to mount a merely verbal attack on someone."tore into" above - past tense: yer ma woodney let me post thon on facebook in case the internet trolls got tore into ye!
20.12.2012
Alan
NI, Coleraine
Common phrases-'The craic was 90' ( good fun)'Yer doll'( the woman)'Right sham'( alright my friend)'Sir' ( used by limavady/Derry people to grab attention informally)'Fierce/powerful/ wild'( adjectives used to describe surprising events)'Yer boy'( used for men both young and old!)
20.12.2012
courtney
antrim, norn iron, antrim
Dont forget about 'weins'-kids, "could ya mind da weins
25.11.2012
Stewart
Norn Iron, Coleraine
It may also be useful to note that quite a few of the words have more than one meaning.Like dotin - someone dotin over their kids looking after/centre of universe. Alternatively it could be yer dotin meaning that their forgetful or going insane.OrRite, could mean - auh rite, as in oh is that true (with a sarcastic undertone). Alternatively rite used on its own is a greeting like what bout yeOrOi, good one this oi as in what you doing, what did you do that for, or getting someones attentionTheres so many to others it can sound like an entierly different language. As I found out in north wales, they spoke in welsh and I obviously couldnt so I spoke like would of back home and none understood. So long story short yea the way we speek in norn iron can also be used in this manner :)
20.11.2012
Marie McGrath
Canada, Breslau, ON
One I've not seen (unless I missed it...sorry) is "Stick it up yer fawn jersey." The meaning is clear, but I've never known its origin. Is "fawn jersey" team-related, or just something arbitrary and, by inference, bloody shite?
07.11.2012
mary
Belfast,
Oh here, Im all cut. Meaning embarrassed. Can be used along with 'the quick'. Im cut til the quick, so i am.
27.10.2012
Amy
northern ireland, ballymena
scunnered - bored, grumpy ( this day is shite, i'm so scunnered!) chaul - a really annoying person (you're a right chaul) yee - you (state of yee!)
24.10.2012
craig
northern ireland, east belfast
"I got a new big yoke yesterday"- I got a new vehicle yesterday. "Hoke'd the fucked outta it!"- raced it about the place. "Yer man lashed rings round him"- your guy was vomiting around himself."She took him till the cleaners"- as in a couples divorce, the woman won the divorce got all assests and left the guy with 'not a penny to his name'(nothing).
09.10.2012
jim
United Kingdom, BELFAST
''suckin diesel'' trans .things are proceeding nicely,everythings well.
08.10.2012
Peter
N. Ireland, Belfast
Boke: to puke, to vomit. Used about babies but also adults.
08.10.2012
Donovan Tildesley
Canada, Vancouver
A few more I picked up on a recent trip to Belfast.Blocked: Very drunk. "Aye, wee Stevie was right blocked at The Bot last night." Bollocks: Testicles.Burley: Rough; hungover. "I feel a wee bit burley this morning, that I do."Kip: A nap.Smicks: Another word for chavs.Thon: Used to refer to a woman?
08.10.2012
Jacqui mc Cormick
England, Merseyside
Geg
08.10.2012
Ambrose
Northern ireland, Belfast
Bate - as in u beat somebody in a fight, or look at da bate'a him, or over using a word 'you bate dat out ages ago'
08.10.2012
Nic
Norn Iron,
Hoke- to hunt, nosy i.e. 'I'll have a hoke through my wallet at the checkout for twenty minutes before finally paying'
02.10.2012
Keira :)
NORN IRON, Newraaay
''DUCKIE'' - A big stone/brick - ''mon, yis comin down till launch dukies at the peelers fira bitta craic?''
02.10.2012
Keira :)
NORN IRON, NEWRY
''doort'' & ''Doortbeeeg'' - as in DIRT & Dirty Person -''Thon blade there she's an awful doortbeeg, so she is''
02.10.2012
Conor
Nyory,
What about gobshite? As in "thon is a gobshite, there's an awful want in him"Other choice turns of phrase include "I'll wring you by the roots" and "Here, I'll take ye outside and bate the box o' ye"
23.09.2012
Jason
Norn Iron, Bangor
Calm the halm - relax, calm down "mate calm the ham its only a joke" wise the bap - wise up, "he needs to wise the bap"Rocket - nuts, crazy, good lad, funny, "that jimmys a rocket"
29.08.2012
jenny wigham
united kingdom, belfast
Ach a wayin Chase yourself on ......wise upWind your neck in!!.....Shut in
29.08.2012
Rosie McClure
Australia, Mandurah
Steamin - very drunk God I miss NIs lovely vocab hahaha
29.08.2012
Rosie McClure
Australia, Mandurah
Keep er lit big lawd - keep going
23.08.2012
raph barbier
france/england,
You should add the phonetic spelling, it would be useful ;)
21.08.2012
Elizabeth Attwood
England, From Belfast
Cut to the onion - Embarrassed
15.08.2012
Ian
Northern Ireland,
Chum - friend e.g. how are ye chum?
15.08.2012
Ian
Norn Iron, Belfast
Feck off ye arsehole - go away you bad/annoying person
24.07.2012
Conor
North of ireland, Béal Feirste
Here do you like lettuce? ''yes'' will lettuce buck ye - term asked to wee girls by fella's looking to have sex
26.06.2012
Sarah
Lisburn
Wheels or kicks - trainers "do u like my new wheels" "wot do u think of my new kicks"
24.06.2012
Jonty
Norn Iron
Getting into trouble - to get a girl pregnant. 'Don't go getting that girl into trouble'.Culchie - someone from a rural area. 'Yer da's a farmer? Ya culchie ya!
10.06.2012
jok
norn iron
"you're heedz a marley" - you are not thinking clearly that statement seems erroneous
28.05.2012
martin
Northern Ireland, Belfast
'mere - meaning 'come here' as in " 'mere ni ill wack yee!"coopan - meaning 'head' as in "ders somin wrom we your coupan mate" ders - meaning "there's" or "there is" as in "ders it der!"gay - meaning "pointless" as in "that's pure gay like"sad - meaning "pointless" or "waster" as in "that wee lad is a sad bastard so he is"
04.05.2012
John Hoy
N.IRELAND
"Gis a buck at yee" - Would you like to come in for coffee?
04.05.2012
Joanne
NI
Snatters. Nasal emissions. 'Them snatters are tripping ye.'
04.05.2012
Joanne
NI
Snatters. Nasal excretia. 'Them snatters are tripping ye.'
03.05.2012
Jack
Co. Down
Gaunch should be in this meaning idiot obviously."Shut up ye feckin gaunch!"
24.04.2012
Joan.
N Ireland
The word scundered. Means. Embarrassed.
01.04.2012
Kate C.
Northern Ireland, Belfast
I believe 'Quid' was left out which is actually a very popular NI term for a pound - 'Give me a quid.' People in Northern Ireland are also fans of rhyming things aren't we? You're having a Giraffe - means a laugh, Taty bread - Dead. Or potato bread - which is delicious when fried. Moses' sandel - the door handle. Jimmy riddle - a piddle.
19.02.2012
Sammy
England, London
"Scundered" Had it done for caught out Fu@k#d!
08.02.2012
Daz
northern ireland, portadown
Shipyards - big feet move them bloody shipyards outta the road Clear ahh - go awaywholesale - lots Knocking - handing he was knocking them out wholesaleDump - set,  just dump them anywhere thereTop row - upper teeth id the top row out when i got my new wagonBottom row - lower teeth id the bottom row out when i wrecked the wagon
29.01.2012
Niamh
Antrim, Belfast
givin it 90 givin it stacks givin it rice -> trying your hardest
18.01.2012
Midge
UK, Manchester
Clod hoppers -big feet
08.01.2012
Aine
Northern Irealnd, Lisburn
up the duff or preggers - pregnant
04.01.2012
matty
northern ireland, lisburn
Gaff- yer house rents- parents (mother and father) Menk- disgusting
23.12.2011
Phil
Norn Iron
Sicken ye - That annoys you
23.12.2011
Alana
Midlands
"See you? Here's me! What about ya?" translates as "Hello. How are you?"
25.10.2011
Clare
Bangor co.down
Geg! - You're a quare turn so ya are!
24.10.2011
Susan Alibocus
ex Northern Ireland, ex Belfast
Does anyone remember nyurked meaning annoyed as it 'its bin nyurkin' me all day what that songs called'.
05.10.2011
David
Australia, Melbourne
"Steek Spide" - a male millie someone (back in the day) who wore shellsuits and generally had a bum-fluff 'tache!
03.10.2011
Chrissie
Down
Doesn't 'scundered' mean 'done for'? That's the context I normally use it in... As in "I broke all them windees playin' footie" "You're scundered mate you eejit."
20.04.2011
Ulsterman
Norn Iron, Saintfield
Wee buns - easy' right there lads? - how are you gentalmen?Do your windees in - smash your windowsSaunter on clear off - go awayBuck eejit - IdiotYer man - That bloke
11.03.2011
Born in BT7
Norn Iron, Saintfield
Remember this one - - Sez he ti me "Was thon you?" Sez I "Who?" Sez he "You!" Sez I "Me?" Sez he "Yes." Sez I "no!"
03.01.2011
skip
Norn Iron, Belfast
Claud - to throw - hey yous quit your claudin at them peelers
21.12.2010
David
Portadown, Armagh
Are ye gittin?Shop Assistant spake for 'Are you being served?'
09.12.2010
sara
Ireland, belfast
qwere (that's a qwere difference)
07.12.2010
alan
texas, houston
we also tend to answer our own question in the same question - "here mate, ya wouldnt have change of a fiver would ye, no?" " Have ye ever been down to Newcastle, no?" or even in these examples, we have already decided that people dont have what we are looking for "ya wouldnt have a light?" "here mate, ya wouldnt take-is ta shaftsby square?"
06.12.2010
Matthew
Northen Ireland, Belfast
swall - drink had a wee swall at the weekend
23.11.2010
Jack
Belfast, Belfast
J'member? Meaning "do you remember?"
15.11.2010
Charles
belfast
Tha Bru - Social Welfare support, "Me Da's on tha Bru"
12.11.2010
Sean Quigley
Belfast
Belter - Meaning BrillantShite - RubbishMilley - Female ChavScroat - Back of ma ball bagAye right - Sarcastic Yes
20.10.2010
Juli
PA USA, Newtownards
"boggin"- dirty, grubby, etc. Ex: "Jaysus yer boggin, yer clabbered in muck and gutters"
19.10.2010
M Richard Leopold
United States, Cherry Hill
Just returned from Belfast. Northern Ireland is magnificent.How about, "Mutton Dressed Like Lamb?"
15.10.2010
Maggie D
Norn Iron, belfast
Maul yee - means i'd very much to spend the night with you." here, Maul yeee!!"
08.10.2010
Ad Green
N. Ireland, Belfast
Skitters - diarrhoea. Them kippers were boggin' - they gave me the skitters for 2 days.
21.09.2010
Conort
Ireland, manchester
Norn Iron is not slang - it is the way it is pronounced in a North Accent if you do not pick up on the middle intinations
20.09.2010
ouleejit
spain, Malaga
love it! Have lived in other countries and realise just how daft we must seem. Thoughts 1/ some phonetics or 'sounds like -' might help. 2/ does anyone know to monologue of 'norn iron spake' that starts 'we were sittin in the middle of our dinner when Billy stuck his heed through the door! ' 3/ what's the difference between a 'ganch' and a 'glipe' lol
17.09.2010
jackie
co armagh, portadown
wadda bout ye?- (meaning hello how are you)
10.09.2010
jeremy (jurmy)
England, London
Isn't there the word quilt for a dim-witted old man, as in, e.g., "get outta here y'oul quilt ye".
14.08.2010
Holly B
NI, Belfast
'So it is'To confirm what you've just said: 'It's up there so it is'
12.08.2010
gail ferguson
USA/CA, Modesto
How about gurnin'? To pout or cry. "Stop your gurnin' and cryin'!"
10.08.2010
Kamil
Poland (lived in Belfast)
Mingin - ugly, filthy, manky (minger is already here).
20.07.2010
pauline
USA, Philadelphia
don't forget " "and here bees me" meaning "and I said..", he's meltin my head; a head melter, a minger, a slapper
17.07.2010
Ryan
Antrim, Belfast
Take a powder - relax or chill out - as in 'take a powder big lad, I never touched your chips' same as 'settle the jets'
08.07.2010
Nathan - Bogside
Northern Ireland
Ye - You. Nat - Not. I will nat do that cuz' im a millbag. Pet - Love. Darling. You alryt pet?
25.06.2010
John
N.I, Derry
mucker/buddy = mate. blasted/wasted = drunklatren people = those that smoke outside bars
23.06.2010
Gillian Williamson
Norn Iron, Lurgan
What about 'take a wise-ner'? Is there any one out there uses that or has heard it? :-)
12.06.2010
Kezz
NI, Comber
what about weeuns (pronounced wains)- meaning small children :)
08.06.2010
joyce
now living in england
flit - just means to move house at any time 'they've flitted to bangor ' just means that they've moved house.
30.05.2010
marko
n.ireland, belfast
full as a firemans waterboot(wellington boot)- very drunk
23.04.2010
Dave
Melbourne, Aus, Bangor
Don't forget "Stroke" as in "ripped off". By way of example, "I got stroked the oer (other) night buying that eighth of yer man!"
13.04.2010
Janine
Belfast , Belfast
Good :)add deck as in 'i'll deck you if you don't shut your mouth' as in punch.:)
01.04.2010
Christi
Belfast, Lisburn
'He was not near wise' a bit stupid - Belfast expression
27.02.2010
Conor
N.Ireland, Belfast
Splas - feet - as in 'look at the size of his splas they're massive!Begs - trousersMonks - underpantsSlegging (verb)- making fun of something or someone
24.01.2010
HS
n yorks
Ate it all up - as in "eat your dinner dear boy"
20.01.2010
Christine
Darragh Cross, Culchie land up down
Ganet: Eating everything, greedy f**k. Steek/Spide: corsa driving kappa wearing lad. Hallion:scamp, mischevious scallywag: "He's a wee hallion so he is". Dote: Lovely, nice person: "Thon ba's a dote".
29.12.2009
Katie
Northern Ireland, Belfast
Beamer - a huge cheesy smile and red cheeks when you're embarassed haha.
19.12.2009
John Fitzsimmons
UK, Belfast
Weaker - Brilliant... "did ye see Healys goal against Spain? It was a weaker!"
16.12.2009
Cathy
Belfast
hows about kebs for feet? i.e. smell yer dirty kebs mate
10.12.2009
Graeme
Norn Iron, Kilkeel
Naaaaaaahhhh baiiii. Do youse know how many beans makes five? Bois oh.
09.12.2009
May
Belfast, Belfast
Scundered means fed up in some parts of Norn Iron! Think you needa fix that 'un.
24.11.2009
Sophia
N. Ireland, Derry
stoke - n. a thief, or annoying individual; v. to steal/borrow something. 'Let me stoke your pen a minute.'afeared - similar to ascared (but better). 'I'm not afeared ey you hi, big man!'baltic - feckin freezingbeamer- similar to reddener, but up a notch on the sun scale.tinkers - people of the travelling community/ gypsies or gypos-more slang.
21.10.2009
jamesy
northern ireland, carrickfergus
what about "i will batter your mate"As in i will kick the s***e out of your mate Great list had a good laugh
12.09.2009
Megan
Armagh
You forgot the almighty 'quere' as in "thats a quere bake ya got on ye there, so it is"And "AM I TE F**K?!"/"WILL I BY F**K""Stop yer blatherin"'Heifer' a young cow, also a big boned girl "Shes a right heifer so she is!""Big Milly""Took a beamer" - Get embarassed'Gawk' as in to stare:D Hope that helps x
09.09.2009
Ryan
Norn Iron, belfast
mon til - come on get her bucked - have sexual relations with that woman Baltic - cold U.T.H. - Up the hoods Hoods - Hoodlums
26.08.2009
Dante
norn iron, belfast
Don't forget the classic reaction to somethin odd, "Here's me wha?!" Or there's conversation indicators when telling a of a previous incident. "Here I be's, here be's him, here be's her to me"
26.08.2009
Peter
UK, Belfast
what about slabberin and slaggin as in "you slabberin/slaggin wee boy?"
13.08.2009
Leah
Northern Ireland, Bangor
you've missed out 'so it is'- every person in the country adds that on to a sentence i.e ''its cold so it is'' lol x
30.07.2009
Donna
Canada
Don't forget swanky - "that new coat's dead swanky, so it is" "ach, away on, sure it's just a wee scrap from yer man down the market, and it's a wee bit tight 'roun' the oxters as well!" and my Mum's favourite - "would youse give ma head peace or I'll belt you one across the lug hole?"
30.07.2009
Ryan
Norway, Bergen
What about, 'your man' as in ''look at your man over there staggering about the street''. or a mix with:''somebody not wise' meaning someone stupid, as in ''look at your man staggering about over there in the street like somebody not wise''The phrase 'whispering in your own ear' as in ''get that wee boy to speak up, sure he's whispering in his own ear!'' to speak quietly.There are also the classics: 'give ma head (or heid) piece' as in ''woman, will ye not give ma heid piece!'' to stop badgering or interferring and of course 'fry' as in after a night out in Belfast ''sure ma heids near killin me, i could do with a big ol' fry'', for the ultster national breakfast meal...***all inspired by my dear mum from Belfast now living near Larne.
19.07.2009
Louise
Norn Iron, Bangor
What about "Nah" as in No or "Hat" as in he's a good looking guy.
20.06.2009
Liam
The Netherlands, Larne
Your hed's a marlie. Your head is a big marble, empty,(Belfast)Your a big scunner. You are like a big herring gull gobbling everything in a disgusting way, disgusting manners or person(Larne)I'll break your windies. I will break your windows(Belfast)
06.06.2009
Eimear
UK, Belfast/Glasgow
Coupan (as in bake), or clinker (amazing)?
06.06.2009
Rosemary
UK, London
Oooh what about melter? That's 'beezer' so it is!
26.05.2009
Anna
northern ireland, Belfast
missed out scundered and ragein
18.05.2009
Glenn kelly
Northern ireland, belfast
bout Ye! is missed out
08.04.2009
zoe
USA, MI, grosse pointe
VERY helpful! thank you!
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