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Channel 4 Issue An Irish Slang Glossary

Channel 4’s Derry Girls went out last night and we loved it.

The sitcom is about a teenage girl living through the troubles in Northern Ireland in 1994. In Derry Girls Saoirse Monica Jackson plays Erin, a 16 year old who is struggling with her parents, the outside world and troubles of her own. Tommy Tiernan will play her father and who remembers his last major TV acting role? It was for the same network in a 1990s comedy Small Potatoes.

It received a great response leaving people wanting more.

To help those who may not speak our lingo Channel 4 released an ‘Irish Slang Glossary’. Those who don’t understand certain words or phrases may they can check out the list below.

Bars: Gossip/scandal

Boke: Vomit

Brit: A member of the British armed forces

Broke: Embarrassed

Broke to the bone: Hugely embarrassed

Buncrana: A popular holiday destination

Buzzing: Very happy

Catch yourself on: “Don’t be so ridiculous”

Cack attack: A state of extreme nervousness “I’m having a complete Cack attack”

Chicken ball special: A local delicacy

Class: Brilliant

Craic: Fun, but also news e.g. “Tell us your craic?”

Cracker: Beyond brilliant

Critter: Someone who evokes sympathy e.g. “You poor Critter”

Dose: An unbearable human being

Dicko: A general insult

Eejit: Idiot

Hi: A sound placed at the end of almost any sentence for no particularly reason e.g. “No problem hi”

GonePlease

Head melter: Someone who causes you mental distress

Lurred: Absolutely delighted

Mind: “Do you remember?”

Mouth: Someone prone to exaggeration

Mucker: Friend

No Bother: “That’s no trouble whatsoever”

Raging: Annoyed/angry

Ride (n): A very attractive person

Ride (v): To have sex

Ripping: Extremely annoyed / angry

Saunter“Be on your way”

Shite the tights: Someone of a nervous disposition

Slabber: A show off

So it is/so I am: A phrase used for emphasis e.g. “I’m delighted, so I am”

Start: To provoke e.g. “Don’t start me”

Stall the ball: “Stop what you’re doing immediately”

Tayto cheese and onion sandwich: A local delicacy

Wain: A child or young person

Watch yourselfTake care

Wile: Very or Terrible

Wise up: “Don’t be so stupid and/or immature”

Yes: Hello

 

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