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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...
: 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...
: 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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  • Bixie - 27 May 2015
    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…
  • Lorraine Anne Brown - 25 May 2015
    What abt yee
  • Aran - 21 April 2015
    "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!)
  • Mark Kelly - 16 April 2015
    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.
  • Murtle - 10 March 2015
    dirty hallion
  • Dickie Miller - 16 February 2015
    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.
  • James - 11 February 2015
    "fine rightly" used for emphasis "all too well": "he knows fine rightly that he gets on my tits"
  • John Moffatt - 26 January 2015
    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
  • Peter - 12 January 2015
    Here's me (as in Here's me, wha') - so I said.
  • Anna - 29 December 2014
    knackered- extremely tired/exhausted foundered- feeling cold baltic- if something is cold (like the weather) its baltic
  • Al - 27 December 2014
    He's away. Gone home or left this place.
  • Al - 27 December 2014
    Forninst you. In Tyrone I believe - in front of you
  • Tania Funston - 14 November 2014
    Very useful for teaching English / local dialect to foreign students :)
  • Alan - 08 November 2014
    Wind your neck in - stop being an idiot
  • annie - 05 November 2014
    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.
  • Michelle Mccullough - 17 October 2014
  • Steve Wyke - 09 October 2014
    what about "Gurnin" - crying - quit yer gurnin or i'll give ye something to gurn about!
  • jo hardy - 16 September 2014
  • Alex Beck - 13 September 2014
    "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.
  • Joanna - 31 August 2014
    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.
  • George - 27 August 2014
    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!"
  • Alastair - 18 August 2014
    Yid bey dead if yid the wut tae stiffin- you're useless
  • Rosy - 10 August 2014
    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.
  • Doire - 30 April 2014
    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.
  • Culchie - 30 April 2014
    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 !!"
  • Conall - 30 April 2014
    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!!
  • Conall - 30 April 2014
    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 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 !!!
  • Tasha - 03 April 2014
    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"
  • Tasha - 03 April 2014
    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"
  • Tasha - 03 April 2014
    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'?"
  • Some hallion - 02 April 2014
    "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)
  • Gary White - 12 February 2014
    Hee hee! :D
  • Sarah - 02 February 2014
    "Didn't know where to look" (embarrassed) : "my Ma didn't know where to look when me Da showed up pished at the bingo".
  • Elina Nieminen - 31 January 2014
    I still have a lot to learn :P
  • kyle - 17 January 2014
    "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
  • Newry nuk - 14 January 2014
    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.
  • Christopher Rourke - 19 December 2013
    I've got a { wil'[d] dose } !' = " I am very ill "
  • Christopher Rourke - 19 December 2013
    '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*)
  • George - 14 December 2013
    "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.
  • kieran - 06 September 2013
    Futtering - generally doing nothing, just wasting time
  • johnty - 22 August 2013
    There's a norn = there's another one
  • Julie Denvers - 22 August 2013
    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''
  • Robert Bussell - 16 August 2013
    Am not think nothin about no one !!!!
  • paul - 09 August 2013
    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 .
  • Sophie - 22 July 2013
    How bout Balltic; freezing. And Rippin' ; raging or angry.
  • tonzer - 18 July 2013
    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.
  • rhiannon - 14 July 2013
    Aye right no sure! Wat r u on about? shut ur yer bake ya wee header ill do yer windies in about yeeeeee
  • Paddy - Derry, The Moon 01 July 2013
    Red & brown ding - red & brown saucewhoppin - uglyeep yer mouf - shut your mouthwhat's happening? - greeting bangin - goodGench - odd looking chapwhure - whore
  • Ed ex Belfast - Isle of Man 30 June 2013
    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 .
  • Mollie - craigavon, norn iron 13 June 2013
    Whysh- wash- 'i'll have ta put on the whysh
  • Mollie - portadown, Norn Iron 13 June 2013
    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??
  • Chuck - Belfast, Northern Ireland 12 June 2013
    Lumnit - a rehash/shortening of the phrase "I'm loving it". e.g "Lumnit mate!", "This steak is amazin', pure lumnit!
  • Hugh Girvin - Kincardine, Canada 10 June 2013
    In Larne "Scundered" meant to be "fed up with" or sick of. eg. I'm scundered with school.
  • Bob Doherty - Schaumburg, Illinois, USA 02 May 2013
    What about - He's no goats toe! Meaning he isn't stupid.
  • Ken - England 11 April 2013
    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.
  • Nigel Ross - Melbourne, Australia 07 April 2013
    'I thought I was harpic and ma head was cut, being a head bend when I read them there comments' Belfast
  • Mary - Newry "Countdown", Norn Iron 02 April 2013
    "funkin", "mingin", "mankin" - varying degrees of being filthy."shapping beg" - a bag for carrying your "messages"
  • Neil - Co.Down NI 19 March 2013
    Yer man's not the full shilling, meaning he lacks intelligence. He's a fly man, meaning he's one to watch lol
  • C. Stewart - Engerland 17 March 2013
    Yer all quare gegs so yis are. Any pachals or hAllions out there.
  • Rhonda - Yorkshire 12 March 2013
    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".
  • Pearce - Rasharkin , Northern Ireland UK 11 March 2013
    Canny- cant. Mon ahead- come on. What's the curren- what's the craic. Fadge- potato bread.
  • Caitlin - Co Down, Northern Ireland 09 March 2013
    Yer heads lit mate....youre crazy!
  • Danny - Bangor, County Down 08 March 2013
    Hammered - meaning drunk,Stonned/ Baked -meaning high on drugs
  • Sharon - USA/IL 04 March 2013
    Stocious - very drunk. "She was stocious, so she was".
  • Sharon - USA/IL 04 March 2013
    "I'll warm your fricken ear!" - To slap someone across the face.
  • Sharon - Roscoe, USA/IL 04 March 2013
    Pegs - Teeth i.e. "See her, she hasn't a peg in her head".
  • Michelle - Haddon Township, USA/New Jersey 04 March 2013
    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
  • Carl - belfast, Norn Iron 21 February 2013
    What about the phrase "Im half cut" meaning im drunk
  • Sean - Omagh, Ireland 21 February 2013
    wud yiz howl yir weeisht/ be quiet!!
  • Ritch - Co. Antrim NI 06 February 2013
    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
  • Mike San Agustin McCrea - Los Banos, Philippines 03 February 2013
    No one ever drank a cup of tae, it's a "cupatae", and probably in "yer han"
  • Tony - Switzerland 28 January 2013
    Don't forget the other meaning of "skitter" (brat) - Thon's a cheeky wee skitter, so he is
  • Duncan - Auckland , Nz 26 January 2013
    What is a Numil, and or maybe nimil We are always using it for a small amount... Thanks. Duncan
  • Colin - Belfast, UK 09 January 2013
    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
  • Ceri - Merseyside 07 January 2013
    "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).
  • Jack - Belfast, Northern Ireland 01 January 2013
    "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."
  • Jack - Belfast, Northern Ireland 01 January 2013
    "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!
  • Alan - Coleraine, NI 20 December 2012
    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!)
  • courtney - antrim, antrim, norn iron 20 December 2012
    Dont forget about 'weins'-kids, "could ya mind da weins
  • Stewart - Coleraine, Norn Iron 25 November 2012
    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 :)
  • Marie McGrath - Breslau, ON, Canada 20 November 2012
    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?
  • mary - Belfast 07 November 2012
    Oh here, Im all cut. Meaning embarrassed. Can be used along with 'the quick'. Im cut til the quick, so i am.
  • Amy - ballymena, northern ireland 27 October 2012
    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!)
  • craig - east belfast, northern ireland 24 October 2012
    "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).
  • jim - BELFAST, United Kingdom 09 October 2012
    ''suckin diesel'' trans .things are proceeding nicely,everythings well.
  • Peter - Belfast, N. Ireland 08 October 2012
    Boke: to puke, to vomit. Used about babies but also adults.
  • Donovan Tildesley - Vancouver, Canada 08 October 2012
    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?
  • Jacqui mc Cormick - Merseyside, England 08 October 2012
  • Ambrose - Belfast, Northern ireland 08 October 2012
    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'
  • Nic - Norn Iron 08 October 2012
    Hoke- to hunt, nosy i.e. 'I'll have a hoke through my wallet at the checkout for twenty minutes before finally paying'
  • Keira :) - Newraaay, NORN IRON 02 October 2012
    ''DUCKIE'' - A big stone/brick - ''mon, yis comin down till launch dukies at the peelers fira bitta craic?''
  • Keira :) - NEWRY, NORN IRON 02 October 2012
    ''doort'' & ''Doortbeeeg'' - as in DIRT & Dirty Person -''Thon blade there she's an awful doortbeeg, so she is''
  • Conor - Nyory 02 October 2012
    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"
  • Jason - Bangor, Norn Iron 23 September 2012
    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"
  • jenny wigham - belfast, united kingdom 29 August 2012
    Ach a wayin Chase yourself on ......wise upWind your neck in!!.....Shut in
  • Rosie McClure - Mandurah, Australia 29 August 2012
    Steamin - very drunk God I miss NIs lovely vocab hahaha
  • Rosie McClure - Mandurah, Australia 29 August 2012
    Keep er lit big lawd - keep going
  • raph barbier - france/england 23 August 2012
    You should add the phonetic spelling, it would be useful ;)
  • Elizabeth Attwood - From Belfast, England 21 August 2012
    Cut to the onion - Embarrassed
  • Ian - Northern Ireland 15 August 2012
    Chum - friend e.g. how are ye chum?
  • Ian - Belfast, Norn Iron 15 August 2012
    Feck off ye arsehole - go away you bad/annoying person
  • Conor - Béal Feirste, North of ireland 24 July 2012
    Here do you like lettuce? ''yes'' will lettuce buck ye - term asked to wee girls by fella's looking to have sex
  • Sarah - Lisburn 26 June 2012
    Wheels or kicks - trainers "do u like my new wheels" "wot do u think of my new kicks"
  • Jonty - Norn Iron 24 June 2012
    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!
  • jok - norn iron 10 June 2012
    "you're heedz a marley" - you are not thinking clearly that statement seems erroneous
  • martin - Belfast, Northern Ireland 28 May 2012
    '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"
  • John Hoy - N.IRELAND 04 May 2012
    "Gis a buck at yee" - Would you like to come in for coffee?
  • Joanne - NI 04 May 2012
    Snatters. Nasal emissions. 'Them snatters are tripping ye.'
  • Joanne - NI 04 May 2012
    Snatters. Nasal excretia. 'Them snatters are tripping ye.'
  • Jack - Co. Down 03 May 2012
    Gaunch should be in this meaning idiot obviously."Shut up ye feckin gaunch!"
  • Joan. - N Ireland 24 April 2012
    The word scundered. Means. Embarrassed.
  • Kate C. - Belfast, Northern Ireland 01 April 2012
    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.
  • Sammy - London, England 19 February 2012
    "Scundered" Had it done for caught out Fu@k#d!
  • Daz - portadown, northern ireland 08 February 2012
    Shipyards - big feet move them bloody shipyards outta the road

    Clear ahh - go away

    wholesale - lots

    Knocking - handing he was knocking them out wholesale

    Dump - set,  just dump them anywhere there

    Top row - upper teeth id the top row out when i got my new wagon

    Bottom row - lower teeth id the bottom row out when i wrecked the wagon
  • Niamh - Belfast, Antrim 29 January 2012
    givin it 90 givin it stacks givin it rice -> trying your hardest
  • Midge - Manchester, UK 18 January 2012
    Clod hoppers -big feet
  • Aine - Lisburn, Northern Irealnd 08 January 2012
    up the duff or preggers - pregnant
  • matty - lisburn, northern ireland 04 January 2012
    Gaff- yer house rents- parents (mother and father) Menk- disgusting
  • Phil - Norn Iron 23 December 2011
    Sicken ye - That annoys you
  • Alana - Midlands 23 December 2011
    "See you? Here's me! What about ya?" translates as "Hello. How are you?"
  • Clare - Bangor co.down 25 October 2011
    Geg! - You're a quare turn so ya are!
  • Susan Alibocus - ex Belfast, ex Northern Ireland 24 October 2011
    Does anyone remember nyurked meaning annoyed as it 'its bin nyurkin' me all day what that songs called'.
  • David - Melbourne, Australia 05 October 2011
    "Steek Spide" - a male millie someone (back in the day) who wore shellsuits and generally had a bum-fluff 'tache!
  • Chrissie - Down 03 October 2011
    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."
  • Ulsterman - Saintfield, Norn Iron 20 April 2011
    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
  • Born in BT7 - Saintfield, Norn Iron 11 March 2011
    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!"
  • skip - Belfast, Norn Iron 03 January 2011
    Claud - to throw - hey yous quit your claudin at them peelers
  • David - Portadown, Armagh 21 December 2010
    Are ye gittin?Shop Assistant spake for 'Are you being served?'
  • sara - belfast, Ireland 09 December 2010
    qwere (that's a qwere difference)
  • alan - houston, texas 07 December 2010
    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?"
  • Matthew - Belfast, Northen Ireland 06 December 2010
    swall - drink had a wee swall at the weekend
  • Jack - Belfast, Belfast 23 November 2010
    J'member? Meaning "do you remember?"
  • Charles - belfast 15 November 2010
    Tha Bru - Social Welfare support, "Me Da's on tha Bru"
  • Sean Quigley - Belfast 12 November 2010
    Belter - Meaning Brillant
    Shite - Rubbish
    Milley - Female Chav
    Scroat - Back of ma ball bag
    Aye right - Sarcastic Yes
  • Juli - Newtownards, PA USA 20 October 2010
    "boggin"- dirty, grubby, etc. Ex: "Jaysus yer boggin, yer clabbered in muck and gutters"
  • M Richard Leopold - Cherry Hill, United States 19 October 2010
    Just returned from Belfast. Northern Ireland is magnificent.How about, "Mutton Dressed Like Lamb?"
  • Maggie D - belfast, Norn Iron 15 October 2010
    Maul yee - means i'd very much to spend the night with you." here, Maul yeee!!"
  • Ad Green - Belfast, N. Ireland 08 October 2010
    Skitters - diarrhoea. Them kippers were boggin' - they gave me the skitters for 2 days.
  • Conort - manchester, Ireland 21 September 2010
    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
  • ouleejit - Malaga, spain 20 September 2010
    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
  • jackie - portadown, co armagh 17 September 2010
    wadda bout ye?- (meaning hello how are you)
  • jeremy (jurmy) - London, England 10 September 2010
    Isn't there the word quilt for a dim-witted old man, as in, e.g., "get outta here y'oul quilt ye".
  • Holly B - Belfast, NI 14 August 2010
    'So it is'To confirm what you've just said: 'It's up there so it is'
  • gail ferguson - Modesto, USA/CA 12 August 2010
    How about gurnin'? To pout or cry. "Stop your gurnin' and cryin'!"
  • Kamil - Poland (lived in Belfast) 10 August 2010
    Mingin - ugly, filthy, manky (minger is already here).
  • pauline - Philadelphia, USA 20 July 2010
    don't forget " "and here bees me" meaning "and I said..", he's meltin my head; a head melter, a minger, a slapper
  • Ryan - Belfast, Antrim 17 July 2010
    Take a powder - relax or chill out - as in 'take a powder big lad, I never touched your chips' same as 'settle the jets'
  • Nathan - Bogside - Northern Ireland 08 July 2010
    Ye - You. Nat - Not. I will nat do that cuz' im a millbag. Pet - Love. Darling. You alryt pet?
  • John - Derry, N.I 25 June 2010
    mucker/buddy = mate. blasted/wasted = drunklatren people = those that smoke outside bars
  • Gillian Williamson - Lurgan, Norn Iron 23 June 2010
    What about 'take a wise-ner'? Is there any one out there uses that or has heard it? :-)
  • Kezz - Comber, NI 12 June 2010
    what about weeuns (pronounced wains)- meaning small children :)
  • joyce - now living in england 08 June 2010
    flit - just means to move house at any time 'they've flitted to bangor ' just means that they've moved house.
  • marko - belfast, n.ireland 30 May 2010
    full as a firemans waterboot(wellington boot)- very drunk
  • Dave - Bangor, Melbourne, Aus 23 April 2010
    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!"
  • Janine - Belfast, Belfast 13 April 2010
    Good :)add deck as in 'i'll deck you if you don't shut your mouth' as in punch.:)
  • Christi - Lisburn, Belfast 01 April 2010
    'He was not near wise' a bit stupid - Belfast expression
  • Conor - Belfast, N.Ireland 27 February 2010
    Splas - feet - as in 'look at the size of his splas they're massive!Begs - trousersMonks - underpantsSlegging (verb)- making fun of something or someone
  • HS - n yorks 24 January 2010
    Ate it all up - as in "eat your dinner dear boy"
  • Christine - Culchie land up down, Darragh Cross 20 January 2010
    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".
  • Katie - Belfast, Northern Ireland 29 December 2009
    Beamer - a huge cheesy smile and red cheeks when you're embarassed haha.
  • John Fitzsimmons - Belfast, UK 19 December 2009
    Weaker - Brilliant... "did ye see Healys goal against Spain? It was a weaker!"
  • Cathy - Belfast 16 December 2009
    hows about kebs for feet? i.e. smell yer dirty kebs mate
  • Graeme - Kilkeel, Norn Iron 10 December 2009
    Naaaaaaahhhh baiiii. Do youse know how many beans makes five? Bois oh.
  • May - Belfast, Belfast 09 December 2009
    Scundered means fed up in some parts of Norn Iron! Think you needa fix that 'un.
  • Sophia - Derry, N. Ireland 24 November 2009
    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.
  • jamesy - carrickfergus, northern ireland 21 October 2009
    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
  • Megan - Armagh 12 September 2009
    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
  • Ryan - belfast, Norn Iron 09 September 2009
    mon til - come on get her bucked - have sexual relations with that woman Baltic - cold U.T.H. - Up the hoods Hoods - Hoodlums
  • Dante - belfast, norn iron 26 August 2009
    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"
  • Peter - Belfast, UK 26 August 2009
    what about slabberin and slaggin as in "you slabberin/slaggin wee boy?"
  • Leah - Bangor, Northern Ireland 13 August 2009
    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
  • Donna - Canada 30 July 2009
    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?"
  • Ryan - Bergen, Norway 30 July 2009
    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.
  • Louise - Bangor, Norn Iron 19 July 2009
    What about "Nah" as in No or "Hat" as in he's a good looking guy.
  • Liam - Larne, The Netherlands 20 June 2009
    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)
  • Eimear - Belfast/Glasgow , UK 06 June 2009
    Coupan (as in bake), or clinker (amazing)?
  • Rosemary - London , UK 06 June 2009
    Oooh what about melter? That's 'beezer' so it is!
  • Anna - Belfast, northern ireland 26 May 2009
    missed out scundered and ragein
  • Glenn kelly - belfast, Northern ireland 18 May 2009
    bout Ye! is missed out
  • zoe - grosse pointe, USA, MI 08 April 2009
    VERY helpful! thank you!

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