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Speaking my lingo!!!

Hi all as you know im from belfast and i know sometime our dialect can be hard to understand so i thought I'd give ya a quick master class in how to speak like some one from "'norn ireland " - enjoy :-)

A is for...

Ach: A regional word that's usually placed at the start of a sentence. “Ach go on.”, “Ach you know?”

Arse: Bottom, bum. “A kick up the arse.”

Ascared: Combination of the words afraid and scared. “I'm ascared of heights.”

Aye: Yes. “Aye, I'll have a pint if you're buying.”


B is for...

Bake: Mouth/face. “Shut your bake”, “Look at the bake on her”

Banjaxed: Broken. “Darling, the bog is banjaxed, call a plumber”

Banter: Craic, fun chatter. “Let's go for a pint and some banter”

Beezer: Good, fantastic “Your new car is beezer mate.” (Rosemary – London)

Big Lad: A robust young gentleman. “Alright big lad?”

Bout Ye!: Greeting, How are you? “Bout ye big lad, let's go for a swall.” (Glenn Kelly – Belfast)

C is for...

C' mere: A command. “Come here”

Catch yourself on!: An expression, translated as “Get a hold of yourself!”, “Wise up!”

Clinker: Similar to Beezer. “My new bike is clinker.” (Eimear – Belfast/Glasgow)

Coupan: Face. “Look at the state of the coupan on yer woman.” (Eimear – Belfast/Glasgow)

Cracker: Good. “That restaurant was cracker”

Craic: Fun, to have a good time. “The craic is mighty lads, get the beers in”

D is for...

Da: Father. “I seen your Da in the pub last night”

Dander: Walk. “Lets go for a dander”

Dead-On: Good, decent, alright. “I like him, he's dead-on”

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

E is for...

Eejit : An Idiot. “You are an eejit”

F is for...

Faffin': Messing around, acting an eejit. “Stop faffin' around and do some work”

Fegs: Cigarettes. “Can I have twenty fegs and a can of coke?”

Fiddle: A Violin. “Get that fiddle out and let's have a sing-song”

Fire: Throw. “I was out firing stones at the peelers”

G is for...

Grand: Good. “That's grand, I'll see you at half-eleven”

Gub: Mouth. “I've got a sore gub”

Guddies: Trainers. “Look at my belter new guddies”

H is for...

Haul: Hold. “Your man can't haul his beer”, “Haul my jacket”

Hoak: Rummage. “That wee man hoaks through the bins”

Hole: Bottom, Bum. “Get your lazy hole out of bed and go to work”

Hoop: Bum, bottom. “That child has a face like my hoop”

I is for...

I tell a lie: Expression, meaning you've made an error. “I tell a lie, I do remember who you father is”

I'll do you!: Expression, meaning you're in big trouble. “I'll knock you out big-lad”, “You're going to receive a thump”

Is that you?: Regional question. “Are you finished?”, “Are you ready?”

Is your head cut?: Expression, meaning are you wise? “Why did you buy a chocolate fire guard, is your head cut?”

J is for...

Jammie: Lucky. “That jammie sod just won the lottery”

Jam Jar: Slang. Car. “I've bought a brand new jam jar”

Jaunty: Tracksuit wearing moron, usually found loitering outside shopping centres with nowhere else to go. May also be sporting a bum-fluff moustache.

K is for...

Keepin' Dick: Keeping Lookout. “Keep-dick for me while I rob this jewellers”

Kex: Underwear. “I have to go a buy new kex for my honeymoon”

Kilty-Caul-Bum: Expression/song, meaning Kilty-cold-bottom, a Scottish gentleman with no underwear. “One for me and one for you and one for kilty-caul-bum”

L is for...

Lamped: Punched. “I lamped yer man after he called me a nasty name”

Lamps: Eyes. “I cried my lamps out”, “I got my lamps punched last night”

Lump: Lazy, “Get out of bed you big lump and get a job”

Lifted: Arrested. “Wee Stevie got lifted by the peelers last night”

M is for...

Ma: Mother. “How's your Ma?”

Melter: An annoying person who gets on your nerves. “That wee girl is a melter.” (Rosemary – London)

Minger: Ugly, an unattractive person. “You're such a minger”

Munter: An unattractive woman dressed inappropriately for her age and covered in fake tan. "Yer Ma's a munter"

Mucker: Mate, pal. “Alright mucker, fancy a pint?”

N is for...

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

Neb: Nose. “Yer man has some neb on him, it's massive”

Norn Iron: Slang/dialect. Northern Ireland. “I hope Norn Iron win the World Cup”

Nuck: Steal. “I didn't nuck your milk”

O is for...

Offie: Off Licence. “Let's go to the offie and buy some beer”

Oul: Old. “This pub is really oul”

Oul-Doll: Old Lady. “That oul-doll looks like your Ma”

Oul-Lad: Old Man. “That oul-lad lives up our street”

P is for...

Pastie-Lip: Someone with a big bottom lip. “Here comes pastie-lip with his new girlfriend”

Peelers: Police. “The peelers do my head in”

Poke: Ice-Cream. “Ma, can I have a poke with sprinkles on it?”

Pull: Go on a romantic conquest, usually on a Friday and Saturday night at a disco. “Right, pass my aftershave, I'm going on the pull tonight”

R is for...

Ragein': Angry, fuming. “£15 for a taxi, I was ragein'!” (Anna - Belfast)

Ratten: Rotting, disgusting. “Those prawns were ratten”

Reddener: Embarrassed. “I took an awful reddener when I fell off my chair”

Right: Assertive, usually applied at the start of a sentence. “Right, I'm away home for my tea”

Runner: Run away, flee with speed. “Here come the peelers, let's do a runner!”

S is for...

Scundered: Embarrassed. “Look at yer man's trousers, I'm scundered for 'em!” (Anna - Belfast)

Sound: Dead on, easy going. “Yer Da is sound”

Spake: Pronunciation - Speak. “Shut up and let me spake”

Spuds: Potatoes. “Get the spuds on love, I'm starvin'”

Stickin' Out!: Fantastic! “I'm stickin' out big lad and how are you?”

T is for...

Tae: Pronunciation - Tea. “Put the kette on and we'll have a cup of tae”

Tea: Dinner. “Jimmy, your tea is ready”

Tele: Belfast Telegraph, a Belfast newspaper. “Give me the Tele and a packet of crisps”

Till: To. “Are you coming till the shops?”

V is for...

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

W is for...

Wee: Small. Used by every single Northern Irish person.  “Have a wee bun”, “Would you like a wee bag?”

What about ye?: Greeting. “How are you?”

Wick: Stupid, useless. “That new Glentoran kit is wick”

Windee: Window. “Someone broke my windee”

Y is for...

Ya: You. “Ya look like my Ma”

Yarn: Talk. “I had a good yarn with your Ma”

Yer: You're. “Yer my best mate”

Youse: You Lot. “Youse keep the noise down, I'm trying to sleep!”

11 Replies

Hey Dixie I'm fluent now lol -

"Dixie's our beezer mucker, she loves her belter pink guddies especially when she's having tae!"

(Please don't ask me to do that again, it took ages lol!) ;)


Lol 10/10 liberty :-) and translated for others still struggling that means

dixie is our brilliant mate she loves her pink trainors especially when having dinner/ supper lol


lol! That took me ages lol! Amazing words you use in Northern Ireland! :)

We don't have any dialect words where I am from, boring hey.


Come on folks, let's see some more messages to Dixie, they have to contain words from her list though. This should be fun lol! ;)


wow .. So many the same as East London ( cockney ) think this may show the influence of the Irish here in the mid .80 s. .. Love it by the way.. My desendents are Irish ..


What about


Fut. Foot .I just put my fut in it.


Dour. Door shut that dour when ya go


Coffin messin about .will ye quit your coffin


Hi aura I think theres a bit of a mix in everyones language due to emigration and the intergration of new cultures into a countries' population. It will be interesting to review ghe bfast dialect in 20 yrs or so and see how many words weve adopted from our new countrymen. Glad ya enjoyed an introduction to the belfast dialect hopefully it will make it easier to read my blogs lol x Dixie


Lol hi

The definitions given in my post are just a wee snapshot of the belfast dialect. please feel free ta add any you know :-) x Dixie


Lol Dixie wat are ya lyke haha.

Have you red the 50 Shades of Red White & Blue? Its a hilarious piss take on the 50 Shades of Grey book. It is so funny, about Maggie Muff & her mate Big Sally Anne. I dont think many out of Belfast would understand the slang speech. I downloaded it to my Kindls & really cheap at around £2.50.

Lots of laffs

Jackie - see ya


Yeah jackie it's a 'quare gegg like' lol downloaded it on my kindle and then spent all day in hysterics lol. Maggie muff has her own fb page now nd its haliarious you can catch up with all the latest shinanigans of her and big sally anne its 'beezer!' x

Dixie x


Aye I've got her on my fb. I think the paper back version is out for sale this week. The girl Leesa who wrote it is doing book signings but cant remember when. Think I'm goin into town tomorrow or Tues & if its in I'm goin to get it, theres more in it than the kindle version. Sally Annes gay brother features in it & Maggie Muff fancies him lol. It'll be a quare aul geg so it will says me. Haha

Luv Jac xx


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