The Lovely Language of Northern Ireland.
Well, it took me a while to get used to it.
Here are some tips!
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Some commonly used words &
phrases.. (and their meanings!)
Is that you? If
you're asked this, please don't answer with "Of course it's me, you idiot!".
They only want to know if you've finished whatever you're doing.
Are you away?
Again, no stupid sarcastic answers. They're asking if you are going
out / leaving.
What about ye? What's
up, How are you?
Tee, Te & Till.
Different ways of saying 'To', depending on which area of N.I. you
Catch yourself on!
Dead on! Great.
Perfect, Really nice. (Often used to describe people.)
Wet the tea.
Make some tea.
Away in the head.
Lost his senses. Stupid.
Away on! You're
a word of praise generally used for describing people.- 'He's dead sound!'
Wait till I tell ye.
This is difficult to translate. It's a way of starting a conversation
or introducing something important or interesting into the conversation.
I tell a lie.
It's what you say when you've realised that you said something wrong!
Do you think I came up the Lagan
in a bubble? Do you think I was born yesterday? (The Lagan
is the river that runs through Belfast. This phrase varies depending on
which river you were brought up by.)
Class, Cracker, Grand, Stickin'
out, Magic, Smashing, Brilliant. Just a few more ways
to say something's great.
Ta, Ta-ta, Cheers, Thankin'
you. And a few ways to say thanks.
Are you gettin'? Have
you been helped / served?
He/she/that/this 'Does my head
you up the wall.
Steady/Steady on. Similar
to saying 'Behave' or 'Watch it!'.
I'll do you!
I'll kill you.
Faffin'/ Faffin' about.
Spide. A term
used when talking about trendy people who listen to rave and dance music.
Wick, Naff. Stupid
pronunciation of the word idiot.
Boggin', Mingin', Mankin'.
Messy and horrible.
One night stand.
In N.I. it can mean anything from a kiss, to going all the way.
Oh, or Ah. As in 'Ach, What about ye?'
Bake, Gub. Mouth.
Pull. To get,
or try to get 'lucky'. I.e.. 'Did he pull?' - 'He's on the pull tonight.'
The Black Stuff.
Lolly/Ice lolly. Popsicle.
Scone. A sweet
Bun/ Wee bun.
Sweet roll, danish.
portion, i.e.. 'round of toast'.
Bap. A bun
or roll. Used mainly for sandwiches.
A fried meal with eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, soda bread, potato bread,
beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. ALL FRIED.
bread. If you want the drink, you'll get the bread!
America, they would say 'What's-her/his/name?'
All the best! Good-bye,
wishing you all the best.
A word of warning.
People in Northern Ireland will most likely respect you a lot
more if you don't try to talk like the locals (unless you've lived here
and it becomes natural.) They'll know immediately that you are from another
country, which automatically means that you don't speak 'proper (Northern
Ireland) English'! I've created this list mainly because I think it is
sometimes better to understand than to assimilate!
Situations in Conversations...(to
help the confusion!)
People in Northern Ireland often
take words that generally are at the start of a sentence and add it on
to the end. I.e.. You've
already had some chocolate, but! 'But',
'Just', and 'Like' are the most common of these words. And sometimes phrases
can be added on to the end to emphasize the point, such as..
I think it's stupid,
so I do. or
It's stupid, so it is.
And of course, 'So it
is.' can be used on it's own.
for an article with more examples.
Person #1 "It's
Person #2 "Ach,
so it is."
The word Wee
is also used a LOT. Commonly known to mean 'very small', it can be used
to emphasize a point as well.
Wee small hours of the morning.
you like a wee cup of tea?
As I write all of these things, I feel a bit bad, as they
seem very cliché and stereo-typical, and the examples aren't the
best. But, they are just examples! So please don't write in to me and say
that people in N.I. talk about far more intelligent and interesting things
that chocolate, stupidity, tea, and rain. but, I suppose it wouldn't be
much better if you wrote in to say that you agreed with what I've written!
Anyway..back to the subject......
And to the most important parts of our lesson!
Frig(in'), Feck(in'), Flip(in')
All taken from the word fuck.
as fuckin', but not quite as harsh.
Same as bullshit.
Kick his fuck in.
Kick the shit out of him.
Seven shades of shite.
Lots of shit.
He/She doesn't know his arse
from his elbow. Doesn't
know what he's doing.
Arse about tit.
Wrong way round.
Come on to fuck.
The 101 ways to say you're drunk...
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