Nordy Translations

A person from Northern Ireland or Norn Iron, sounds a bit different from the Irish folks you lot are used to. At a concert recently, after i rather affectionately told someone to “watch yourself” I was told that I sounded aggressive! It’s not our intention to sound aggressive, Its because we have been forced to speak a language that isn’t our native tongue, so now we spend our time trying to dirty it up!

A is for…

Ach: Can be used a to start any sentence. “Ach how was last night?” ,”Ach it wasn’t too bad!”

Aye: Yes, “Aye I’d love a drink!”

Bis for…

Bake: Face or mouth. Normally not a positive reference, “shut your bake” “Would ye look at the bake on her?”

Banter/bant: Fun or Craic “Will we head out for a bit of banter?”

Banjexxed: an adjective meaning broken, “You may call the plumber, that toilet is Banjaxxed”

Beezer: Good, fantastic, Especially if you come from Derry “Your new car is beezer.”

Big Lad: A spritely young gentleman. “Alright big lad?”
Bout Ye!: Greeting, How are you? “Bout ye big lad?”

Craic/Banter/Fun

Craic/Banter/Fun

C is for…

Carry-out: LCBO or liquor store “Let’s go to the carry-out and buy some beer”
C’ mere: A command. “Come here”
Catch yourself on!: An expression, “Get a hold of yourself!”, “Wise up!”
Clinker: Similar to Beezer, if you’re not from Derry and are actually from Belfast. “My new bike is clinker.”
Cracker: Good. “That restaurant was cracker”
Craic: Fun, to have a good time. “The craic is mighty lads, get the beers in”

Cuddy: Young boy or young girl

D is for…
Da: Father. “I seen your Da last night”
Dander: Walk. “Lets go for a dander”
Dead-On: Good, decent, alright. “I like him, he’s dead-on”

Deadly: Really Good

Does my head in: Expression. Someone who really annoys you. “my da does my head in”

Yer-an-eejitE 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?”

G is for…
Grand: Good. “That’s grand, I’ll see you at half-eleven”
Guddies: Trainers. “Look at my new guddies”

H is for…
Haul: Hold. “Your man can’t haul his beer”
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. “You have a face like my hoop”

I is for…i dont know
I tell a lie: Expression, meaning you’ve made an error. “I tell a lie, I do know where it is”
Is that you?:Question. “Are you finished?”, “Are you ready?”
Is your head cut?: Expression, meaning are you wise? “you moved to Canada, without a coat! is your head cut?”

J is for…
Jammie: Lucky. “That jammie sod just won the lottery”

K is for…
Keepin’ Dick: Keeping Lookout. “Keep-dick for me while I rob this bank”
Kex: Underwear. “I have to go a buy new kex”
Knackered: Tired, done or broken, “I’m knackered after that walk” “Get a new car, that one is Knackered”

L is for…like
Lamped: Punched. “I lamped yer man after he called me a nasty name”

Like: Can start or end a sentence, so it’s kind of like a full stop “Like, I dont even like him” or “I don’t even like him, like.
Lump: Lazy, “Get out of bed you big lump”
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.”
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?”

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Naff: Stupid, crap. “Your new car is naff”

O is for…
Oul: Old. “This pub is really oul”
Oul-Doll: Old Lady. “That oul-doll looks like your Ma”

P is for…
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”

Pure: Normally used before an adjective, to give it strenght “I just ran up the stairs and I’m pure knackerd
R is for…
Ragein’
: Angry, fuming. “£15 for a taxi, I was ragein’!”
Ratten: Rotting, disgusting. “Those chips were ratten”
Reddener: Embarrassed. “I took an awful reddener when I missed the bus”
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!”
Sound: Dead on, easy going. “Yer Da is sound”
Spuds: Potatoes. “Get the spuds on love, I’m starvin’”

T is for…
Tae: Pronunciation – Tea. “Put the kettle on and we’ll have a cup of tae”

Tara: Either good or bad. If someone says, “That’s tara,” and they sound glum, it’s bad. Likewise, if they sound happy, it’s good.

Tea: Dinner. “Jimmy, your tea is ready”
Till: To. “Are you coming till the shops?”

W is for…

Watch yourself: An Expression ” Be Careful!”
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. “Your new gutties are wick”
Windee: Window. “Someone broke my windee”

Wile: Really fabulous or really awful. As in, “Jeez, you’re looking wile.” So if something’s “wile craic”, it can be good or bad, depending on how the person says it!

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!”

What do you think? Are you constantly being picked up wrong?

Let us know if we missed anything out?

S xx

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3 thoughts on “Nordy Translations

  1. Love this! You should stick it on buzzfeed too! Personal favourites not on the list or the graphic:

    Ignernt: Ignorant – Used to signify rudeness. “Stop being ignernt and give yer mawn a seat”
    Baltic: Cold – “Jeez, it’s baltic the day in Edmonton, bais”
    Bais: Boys
    Millie: A woman or girl with no class. Known as a Majella in Derry
    Spide: As above but for boys/men

    There’s loads more but can’t think of them off the top of me head, hi! (Derry native, living in Alberta)

  2. Love this! You should stick it on buzzfeed too! Personal favourites not on the list or the graphic:

    Ignernt: Ignorant – Used to signify rudeness. “Stop being ignernt and give yer mawn a seat”
    Baltic: Cold – “Jeez, it’s baltic the day in Edmonton, bais”
    Bais: Boys
    Millie: A woman or girl with no class. Known as a Majella in Derry
    Spide: As above but for boys/men

    There’s loads more but can’t think of them off the top of me head, hi! (Derry native, living in Alberta)

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