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

21 Apr 2017

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 til 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”

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16.07.2017
Robyn
Craigavon
I didn''t know half of these.. must be too young
24.05.2017
munferd
Balfast
"Coupon" is not solely used to designate the face. It may also refer to the general head area. "Guddies" is pronounced with some kind of replacement of the letter ''d'' with the letter ''t''. I''m not sure exactly where or how, though. "Jaunty" - the word ''jaunt'' can refer to a movement or an outing (a journey of some sort). "Kilty-Caul-Bum" I think is a ''paper phrase'' as in ''paper town'' (maybe a copyright trap) because I''ve never heard it used before. "Munter" can refer to general idiot or loser of some sort. Someone who has recently made a mistake. "Pastie-Lip" - see "Kilty-Caul-Bum" "Right" is deceptively pronounced "Reet". "Yarn" can refer to lies or fictional story telling. "Youse" is a pejorative version of the phrase "Yousuns" which had too many syllables to be practical, but is still used on occasions where further articulation is appropriate. I also have never heard the phrase "Jam-Jar" used in reference to a car, but then I don''t drive so...
20.04.2017
Lara
Belfast
Ha I laughed at ma
10.02.2017
John

Have to say I don''t agree with the slang meaning of a few of these - Others are near enough - but it also depends in what part of Northern Ireland you come from
12.11.2016
Zaak
Bangor
how about: "dinner time"- meaning lunch time, not to be confused with "tea time" - meaning dinner time! "Meery" - instead of Mary, "cyar" - car if you're from a rural area, "bawbag" - ball bag, a nasty person, "did you get those shoes built in the shipyard?" - to someone with big feet, "way on with ya" - get lost, or stop talking nonsense, "skelped" - a very short haircut, implying that your hairdresser took your scalp off with your hair ("flip, did ya get skelped?"), "flip" - a polite way of saying f*ck, and last but not least my mum's favourite (though it might just be her own word...) "tangeybokus" - illness caused by sharing a drink, using someone elses fork or touching something dirty for example ("blegh, Im not using that I'll get tangeybokus!") :D
Over a year ago
Brian McGowan

Darlick: enemy of Dr Who
Over a year ago
Khikhob

"Is the skin on yer head tight, or what?" = have you lost your mind/ have a word.
Over a year ago
Terry Hamilton

What about, "would you luk at that," instead of , "would you look at that."
Over a year ago
Joan
Liverpool
My mother always went out to 'get her head showered'. meant to clear her head
Over a year ago
Lottie( Charlotte)
Williston Fl.
Your Bladder is close to your eyes, someone that cries very easily. Clart's wallop doesn't get in the corners when cleaning
Over a year ago
nancy wilson
toronto
Alan Croft is a Belfast born deep sea scaffolder who moved to London to learn the English language and make his fortune by selling surgical wrestling boots to under privileged Mongolian immigrants. His love affair with England ended when he was given the cold shoulder by the Queen handing out tea and toast during renovation work at Windsor castle. Disillusioned following an unsuccessful 13 years of trying to teach the people of Reading, Berkshire to speak with a Belfast accent he packed up his digital alarm clock radio and headed to Canada. He now resides in Toronto and is president of the “Oi watch it club.” He spends his days writing and circumnavigating things. You can read it at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belfast-Laughter-1957-1977-Alan-Croft/dp/1634134095
Over a year ago
Michael
Texas
Brine (brown)...half 9 (9:30)
Over a year ago
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)
Over a year ago
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…
Over a year ago
Lorraine Anne Brown

What abt yee
Over a year ago
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!)
Over a year ago
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.
Over a year ago
Murtle
belfast
dirty hallion
Over a year ago
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.
Over a year ago
James
Ballycastle, NI
"fine rightly" used for emphasis "all too well": "he knows fine rightly that he gets on my tits"
Over a year ago
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
Over a year ago
Peter
Belfast
Here's me (as in Here's me, wha') - so I said.
Over a year ago
Anna
County Tyrone
knackered- extremely tired/exhausted foundered- feeling cold baltic- if something is cold (like the weather) its baltic
Over a year ago
Tania Funston
Belfast, United Kingdom
Very useful for teaching English / local dialect to foreign students :)
Over a year ago
Alan
Leeds
Wind your neck in - stop being an idiot
Over a year ago
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.
Over a year ago
Michelle Mccullough
Lurgan
brill
Over a year ago
Steve Wyke
Canada (from Ballymena)
what about "Gurnin" - crying - quit yer gurnin or i'll give ye something to gurn about!
Over a year ago
jo hardy
wirral
what about HERPLE[LAME], JAPPED[SPLASHED], BLIRT[DEROGATORY, USELESS IDIOT]
Over a year ago
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.
Over a year ago
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.
Over a year ago
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!"
Over a year ago
Alastair
Moira
Yid bey dead if yid the wut tae stiffin- you're useless
Over a year ago
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.
Over a year ago
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.
Over a year ago
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 !!"
Over a year ago
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!!
Over a year ago
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 !!!
Over a year ago
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"
Over a year ago
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"
Over a year ago
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'?"
Over a year ago
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)
Over a year ago
Gary White
Gouviá, Kerkira, Greece
Hee hee! :D
Over a year ago
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".
Over a year ago
Elina Nieminen
Belfast, United Kingdom
I still have a lot to learn :P
Over a year ago
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
Over a year ago
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.
Over a year ago
Christopher Rourke
Dorset and Ireland
I've got a { wil'[d] dose } !' = " I am very ill "
Over a year ago
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*)
Over a year ago
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.
Over a year ago
kieran
omagh tyrone / london .
Futtering - generally doing nothing, just wasting time
Over a year ago
johnty
newtownabbey
There's a norn = there's another one
Over a year ago
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''
Over a year ago
Robert Bussell
Holywood
Am not think nothin about no one !!!!
Over a year ago
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 .
Over a year ago
Sophie
East Belfast, NI
How bout Balltic; freezing. And Rippin' ; raging or angry.
Over a year ago
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.
Over a year ago
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
Over a year ago
Paddy
The Moon,
Red & brown ding - red & brown saucewhoppin - uglyeep yer mouf - shut your mouthwhat's happening? - greeting bangin - goodGench - odd looking chapwhure - whore
Over a year ago
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 .
Over a year ago
Mollie
norn iron,
Whysh- wash- 'i'll have ta put on the whysh
Over a year ago
Mollie
Norn Iron,
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??
Over a year ago
Chuck
Northern Ireland,
Lumnit - a rehash/shortening of the phrase "I'm loving it". e.g "Lumnit mate!", "This steak is amazin', pure lumnit!
Over a year ago
Hugh Girvin
Canada,
In Larne "Scundered" meant to be "fed up with" or sick of. eg. I'm scundered with school.
Over a year ago
Bob Doherty
Illinois, USA,
What about - He's no goats toe! Meaning he isn't stupid.
Over a year ago
Nigel Ross
Australia,
'I thought I was harpic and ma head was cut, being a head bend when I read them there comments' Belfast
Over a year ago
Mary
Norn Iron,
"funkin", "mingin", "mankin" - varying degrees of being filthy."shapping beg" - a bag for carrying your "messages"
Over a year ago
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
Over a year ago
C. Stewart
Engerland
Yer all quare gegs so yis are. Any pachals or hAllions out there.
Over a year ago
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".
Over a year ago
Pearce
Northern Ireland UK,
Canny- cant. Mon ahead- come on. What's the curren- what's the craic. Fadge- potato bread.
Over a year ago
Caitlin
Northern Ireland,
Yer heads lit mate....youre crazy!
Over a year ago
Danny
County Down,
Hammered - meaning drunk,Stonned/ Baked -meaning high on drugs
Over a year ago
Sharon
USA/IL
Stocious - very drunk. "She was stocious, so she was".
Over a year ago
Sharon
USA/IL
"I'll warm your fricken ear!" - To slap someone across the face.
Over a year ago
Sharon
USA/IL,
Pegs - Teeth i.e. "See her, she hasn't a peg in her head".
Over a year ago
Michelle
USA/New Jersey,
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
Over a year ago
Carl
Norn Iron,
What about the phrase "Im half cut" meaning im drunk
Over a year ago
Sean
Ireland,
wud yiz howl yir weeisht/ be quiet!!
Over a year ago
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
Over a year ago
Mike San Agustin McCrea
Philippines,
No one ever drank a cup of tae, it's a "cupatae", and probably in "yer han"
Over a year ago
Tony
Switzerland
Don't forget the other meaning of "skitter" (brat) - Thon's a cheeky wee skitter, so he is
Over a year ago
Duncan
,
What is a Numil, and or maybe nimil We are always using it for a small amount... Thanks. Duncan
Over a year ago
Colin
,
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
Over a year ago
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).
Over a year ago
Jack
Northern Ireland,
"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."
Over a year ago
Jack
Northern Ireland,
"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!
Over a year ago
Alan
,
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!)
Over a year ago
courtney
antrim, norn iron,
Dont forget about 'weins'-kids, "could ya mind da weins
Over a year ago
Stewart
Norn Iron,
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 :)
Over a year ago
Marie McGrath
Canada,
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?
Over a year ago
mary
Belfast
Oh here, Im all cut. Meaning embarrassed. Can be used along with 'the quick'. Im cut til the quick, so i am.
Over a year ago
craig
northern ireland,
"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).
Over a year ago
Peter
N. Ireland,
Boke: to puke, to vomit. Used about babies but also adults.
Over a year ago
Donovan Tildesley
Canada,
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?
Over a year ago
Jacqui mc Cormick
England,
Over a year ago
Ambrose
Northern ireland,
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'
Over a year ago
Keira :)
NORN IRON,
''DUCKIE'' - A big stone/brick - ''mon, yis comin down till launch dukies at the peelers fira bitta craic?''
Over a year ago
Keira :)
NORN IRON,
''doort'' & ''Doortbeeeg'' - as in DIRT & Dirty Person -''Thon blade there she's an awful doortbeeg, so she is''
Over a year ago
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"
Over a year ago
Jason
Norn Iron,
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"
Over a year ago
jenny wigham
united kingdom,
Ach a wayin Chase yourself on ......wise upWind your neck in!!.....Shut in
Over a year ago
Rosie McClure
Australia,
Steamin - very drunk God I miss NIs lovely vocab hahaha
Over a year ago
Rosie McClure
Australia,
Keep er lit big lawd - keep going
Over a year ago
raph barbier
france/england
You should add the phonetic spelling, it would be useful ;)
Over a year ago
Elizabeth Attwood
England,
Cut to the onion - Embarrassed
Over a year ago
Conor
North of ireland,
Here do you like lettuce? ''yes'' will lettuce buck ye - term asked to wee girls by fella's looking to have sex
Over a year ago
Sarah
Lisburn
Wheels or kicks - trainers "do u like my new wheels" "wot do u think of my new kicks"
Over a year ago
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!
Over a year ago
martin
Northern Ireland,
'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"
Over a year ago
John Hoy
N.IRELAND
"Gis a buck at yee" - Would you like to come in for coffee?
Over a year ago
Joanne

Snatters. Nasal emissions. 'Them snatters are tripping ye.'
Over a year ago
Joanne

Snatters. Nasal excretia. 'Them snatters are tripping ye.'
Over a year ago
Jack
Co. Down
Gaunch should be in this meaning idiot obviously."Shut up ye feckin gaunch!"
Over a year ago
Joan.
N Ireland
The word scundered. Means. Embarrassed.
Over a year ago
Kate C.
Northern Ireland,
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.
Over a year ago
Sammy
England,
"Scundered" Had it done for caught out Fu@k#d!
Over a year ago
Niamh
Antrim,
givin it 90 givin it stacks givin it rice -> trying your hardest
Over a year ago
Midge
,
Clod hoppers -big feet
Over a year ago
Aine
Northern Irealnd,
up the duff or preggers - pregnant
Over a year ago
matty
northern ireland,
Gaff- yer house rents- parents (mother and father) Menk- disgusting
Over a year ago
Phil
Norn Iron
Sicken ye - That annoys you
Over a year ago
Alana
Midlands
"See you? Here's me! What about ya?" translates as "Hello. How are you?"
Over a year ago
Clare
Bangor co.down
Geg! - You're a quare turn so ya are!
Over a year ago
Susan Alibocus
ex Northern Ireland,
Does anyone remember nyurked meaning annoyed as it 'its bin nyurkin' me all day what that songs called'.
Over a year ago
David
Australia,
"Steek Spide" - a male millie someone (back in the day) who wore shellsuits and generally had a bum-fluff 'tache!
Over a year ago
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."
Over a year ago
Ulsterman
Norn Iron,
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
Over a year ago
Born in BT7
Norn Iron,
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!"
Over a year ago
skip
Norn Iron,
Claud - to throw - hey yous quit your claudin at them peelers
Over a year ago
David
Portadown, Armagh
Are ye gittin?Shop Assistant spake for 'Are you being served?'
Over a year ago
sara
Ireland,
qwere (that's a qwere difference)
Over a year ago
alan
texas,
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?"
Over a year ago
Matthew
Northen Ireland,
swall - drink had a wee swall at the weekend
Over a year ago
Jack
Belfast,
J'member? Meaning "do you remember?"
Over a year ago
Charles
belfast
Tha Bru - Social Welfare support, "Me Da's on tha Bru"
Over a year ago
Sean Quigley
Belfast
Belter - Meaning BrillantShite - RubbishMilley - Female ChavScroat - Back of ma ball bagAye right - Sarcastic Yes
Over a year ago
Juli
PA USA,
"boggin"- dirty, grubby, etc. Ex: "Jaysus yer boggin, yer clabbered in muck and gutters"
Over a year ago
M Richard Leopold
United States,
Just returned from Belfast. Northern Ireland is magnificent.How about, "Mutton Dressed Like Lamb?"
Over a year ago
Maggie D
Norn Iron,
Maul yee - means i'd very much to spend the night with you." here, Maul yeee!!"
Over a year ago
Ad Green
N. Ireland,
Skitters - diarrhoea. Them kippers were boggin' - they gave me the skitters for 2 days.
Over a year ago
Conort
Ireland,
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
Over a year ago
ouleejit
spain,
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
Over a year ago
jackie
co armagh,
wadda bout ye?- (meaning hello how are you)
Over a year ago
jeremy (jurmy)
England,
Isn't there the word quilt for a dim-witted old man, as in, e.g., "get outta here y'oul quilt ye".
Over a year ago
Holly B
,
'So it is'To confirm what you've just said: 'It's up there so it is'
Over a year ago
gail ferguson
USA/CA,
How about gurnin'? To pout or cry. "Stop your gurnin' and cryin'!"
Over a year ago
Kamil
Poland (lived in Belfast)
Mingin - ugly, filthy, manky (minger is already here).
Over a year ago
pauline
,
don't forget " "and here bees me" meaning "and I said..", he's meltin my head; a head melter, a minger, a slapper
Over a year ago
Ryan
Antrim,
Take a powder - relax or chill out - as in 'take a powder big lad, I never touched your chips' same as 'settle the jets'
Over a year ago
Nathan - Bogside
Northern Ireland
Ye - You. Nat - Not. I will nat do that cuz' im a millbag. Pet - Love. Darling. You alryt pet?
Over a year ago
John
,
mucker/buddy = mate. blasted/wasted = drunklatren people = those that smoke outside bars
Over a year ago
Gillian Williamson
Norn Iron,
What about 'take a wise-ner'? Is there any one out there uses that or has heard it? :-)
Over a year ago
Kezz
,
what about weeuns (pronounced wains)- meaning small children :)
Over a year ago
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.
Over a year ago
marko
n.ireland,
full as a firemans waterboot(wellington boot)- very drunk
Over a year ago
Dave
Melbourne, Aus,
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!"
Over a year ago
Janine
Belfast,
Good :)add deck as in 'i'll deck you if you don't shut your mouth' as in punch.:)
Over a year ago
Christi
Belfast,
'He was not near wise' a bit stupid - Belfast expression
Over a year ago
Conor
N.Ireland,
Splas - feet - as in 'look at the size of his splas they're massive!Begs - trousersMonks - underpantsSlegging (verb)- making fun of something or someone
Over a year ago
Christine
Darragh Cross,
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".
Over a year ago
Katie
Northern Ireland,
Beamer - a huge cheesy smile and red cheeks when you're embarassed haha.
Over a year ago
John Fitzsimmons
,
Weaker - Brilliant... "did ye see Healys goal against Spain? It was a weaker!"
Over a year ago
Cathy
Belfast
hows about kebs for feet? i.e. smell yer dirty kebs mate
Over a year ago
Graeme
Norn Iron,
Naaaaaaahhhh baiiii. Do youse know how many beans makes five? Bois oh.
Over a year ago
Sophia
N. Ireland,
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.
Over a year ago
jamesy
northern ireland,
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
Over a year ago
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
Over a year ago
Ryan
Norn Iron,
mon til - come on get her bucked - have sexual relations with that woman Baltic - cold U.T.H. - Up the hoods Hoods - Hoodlums
Over a year ago
Dante
norn iron,
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"
Over a year ago
Peter
,
what about slabberin and slaggin as in "you slabberin/slaggin wee boy?"
Over a year ago
Leah
Northern Ireland,
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
Over a year ago
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?"
Over a year ago
Ryan
Norway,
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.
Over a year ago
Louise
Norn Iron,
What about "Nah" as in No or "Hat" as in he's a good looking guy.
Over a year ago
Liam
The Netherlands,
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)
Over a year ago
Eimear
,
Coupan (as in bake), or clinker (amazing)?
Over a year ago
Rosemary
,
Oooh what about melter? That's 'beezer' so it is!
Over a year ago
Anna
northern ireland,
missed out scundered and ragein
Over a year ago
Glenn kelly
Northern ireland,
bout Ye! is missed out
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