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Post  princesspurplehippy on Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:38 pm

One of the things that fascinate me (the curse of a curious mind) is the many local sayings and words you get all around the country. I was wondering if you had some local words that you've only heard in the area where you live/grew up

I'll start with a few that I've heard growing up and from living in different parts of the country. Of course there are different words that have come from the different native languages and as a Welsh speaker I have a few that I know come from Welsh originally

Moider - Means to annoy/stress out - This I've heard where I grew up in North Wales
Mither - As above but used by friends from Manchester
Cwtch - A hug, but the best kind that makes you feel safe and sound from your mum when you've fallen over as a child - This comes from the Welsh language
Rammy - Means dirty - Again used where I grew up
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Post  Doogs on Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:38 pm

Loving that you've started this thread PPH, I had a wee chuckle when I read it - you may regret asking certainly me !!!

We have a language of our own up here in Aberdeen ! Doric is the dialect and local lingo spoken in the North East of Scotland, especially around Aberdeen City and the County of Aberdeenshire.

Here's a list of words - Bosie should be one you recognise as I've used it a few times on here !

Doric - English
Aabody - Everybody
Aathing - Everything
Aff - Off
Affa - Awfully
Aye - Yes
Aye-aye min - Hello
Bairn - A baby or young child
Bide - Stay
Birl - Spin
Black Affrontit - Embarrassed
Bleeter - To talk aimlessly
Bosie - A cuddle or hug
Brakk - Break
Braw - Good, great
Clarty - Dirty
Clype - A Grass or Tell Tale
Coorse - Coarse, to bully, be bad, difficult or nasty or to torment someone
Deid - Dead
Dinna - Don't
Dirled - Vibrated
Div - Do
Dreich - Cold, wet and windy
Drookit - Drenched, soaking
Fa's - Who
Far Hiv Ye Bin? - Where have you been?
Feart - Afraid
Feel - Daft
Fit - How
Fit Like - Hello, how are you?
Fitya dee'in? - What are you doing?
Fleg - Fright
Foostie - Stale or Rancid
Foo's yer doos - How are you doing
Gads - Horrible, Yucky
Gaun - Going
Ging - Go
Grat - Wept
Heid - Head
Ken - Know
Loon - Boy
Lugs - Ears
Maist - Most
Mare - more
Neen - None
Neep - Turnip
Nivver - Never
Puckle - A few
Quine - Girl
Sair - Sore
Scaffie - A binman, collector of rubbish and trash
Scunnered - Fed Up
Skelpit - Slapped or smacked
Spikin - Speaking
Stocious - Drunk
Stooshie - A fuss
Stotter - Beautiful
Swicking - Cheating
Waabit - Tired
Weegie or Weegies - What people from Aiberdeen (Aberdeen) call people from Glesga (Glasgow)
Wifie - Woman

The practice of adding a "y" to virtually any word or description is also recognised as very Aberdonian, eg shop to shoppy Laughing lol! See told you you'd regret it !!! If anyone wants phonetic pronounciations for any words let me know !!! Shocked

A lot of that words above are used locally on a daily basis Wink
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Post  littlewid on Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:45 pm

Interesting one PPH. At the moment I can't think of anything that us southerners say thats unique to us......I will have to keep thinking.

I know as Medical people we are always abbreviating things, our fav thing at work is J.I.C commonly known as Just In Case.......we apply it to everything, mainly when us girls are being cheeky Very Happy

We also have a team member from the Philippines and we are picking up her little sayings, our most commonly used one is SEE,SEE, which is an excited LOOK LOOK Very Happy

Heck Doogs, it's a whole new world in Aberdeen......No wonder my mum never understood Billy Connolly lol!

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Post  Doogs on Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:48 pm

it certainly is LW - we're unique up here you know lol!
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Post  littlewid on Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:05 pm

You certainly are Doogs and good on ya cheers

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Post  princesspurplehippy on Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:09 pm

I recognise a few of those words as I have family living in Scotland but not as north as Aberdeen

I forgot to add Twp (pronounced like cup) as a word I've used, this means someone who is a stupid/mad/or a bit 'special' as my mum puts it.

I think it may be from Welsh as I haven't heard it said down here in the shires. I suppose its used the same way as Doolally

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Post  Safari Maiden on Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:26 pm

As I am From Northern ireland I have found a list of some of our sayings and there 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 come from.
Catch yourself on! Wise up.
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 kidding!
Sound. Also 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 in.' Drives you up the wall.
Mucker. Mate, friend.
Steady/Steady on. Similar to saying 'Behave' or 'Watch it!'.
I'll do you! I'll kill you.
Clattered, Lamped. Hit, Punched.
Faffin'/ Faffin' about. Messing around.
Peelers. Cops.
Spide. A term used when talking about trendy people who listen to rave and dance music.
Wick, Naff. Stupid or useless.
Eejit. Local pronunciation of the word idiot.
Bog. Bathroom.
Boggin', Mingin', Mankin'. Messy and horrible.
Minger. Ugly person.
Talent. Attractive people.
Snog. Kiss.
One night stand. In N.I. it can mean anything from a kiss, to going all the way.
Yous. Plural of you.
Ach! Oh, or Ah. As in 'Ach, What about ye?'
Aye. Yes.
Bake, Gub. Mouth.
Pull. To get, or try to get 'lucky'. I.e.. 'Did he pull?' - 'He's on the pull tonight.'
Crack/Craic. Fun.
The Black Stuff. Guinness.
Dummy. Pacifier.
Pram. Stroller.
Nappy. Diaper.
Biscuit. Cookie.
Poke. Ice cream cone.
Lolly/Ice lolly. Popsicle.
Scone. A sweet biscuit...of sorts.
Bun/ Wee bun. Sweet roll, danish.
Round. One portion, i.e.. 'round of toast'.
Gravy ring. Ring doughnut.
Bap. A bun or roll. Used mainly for sandwiches.
Ulster Fry. A fried meal with eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, soda bread, potato bread, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. ALL FRIED.
Soda. Soda bread. If you want the drink, you'll get the bread!
Sausengers. Sausages.
Lozengers. Lozenges.
Sweets. Candy.
Your man/woman. That man/woman.
Thingy. In America, they would say 'What's-her/his/name?'
Cheerio. Good-bye.
All the best! Good-bye, wishing you all the best.
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Post  princesspurplehippy on Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:33 pm

I have grown up using Faff and also saying Manky instead of Mankin

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Post  Doogs on Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:54 pm

That's a fair list you've also got there SM Wink Some crackers of words too, like it Very Happy
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:10 pm

WOW that's some lists of words Doogs, SM and PPH

I can only think of two one of which PPH has mentioned -

Mither - annoy, bother etc.
Nesh - means you feel the cold (definitely a local word, but covers cheshire, staffordshire, yorkshire, lancashire and derbyshire).

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Post  princesspurplehippy on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:02 pm

Forgot about Nesh, that confused my bf when I called him that for the first time. I think because where I grew up is close to Cheshire then a few words have migrated over the border.
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:06 pm

Laughing Pete calls me nesh and the first time I had no idea what he was on about scratch I grew up in south so am not really a local!

I can't remember the other words he uses - I'll check with him later Very Happy

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Post  princesspurplehippy on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:27 pm

ok, I decided to do a google search and see where the words come from and their history

Moider - A Wigan term - to pester someone, or generally collar them on a particular subject beyond the realms of polite conversation. N. Wales general street catch-all term meaning, variously, to 'talk nonsense

Mither - From Moither, Northern England To make an unnecessary fuss, moan, bother. To pester or irritate someone. Usually directed at children

Cwtch - Welsh word for an affectionate hug. There's no literal English translation, but its nearest equivlent is "safe place". So if you give someone a cwtch, you're giving them a "safe place"

Rammy - referes in the south of england to something that is dirty of disheveled condition and unhygienic. In the West Midlands of England this is used to mean 'dirty'

Nesh - Nesh is an English dialect adjective meaning unusually susceptible to cold weather. Usage has been recorded in Cheshire, Staffordshire, the East Midlands, Lancashire, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Shropshire. The word comes from Old English hnesce meaning feeble, weak, or infirm and is a cognate with the 16th century Dutch word nesch typically meaning damp or foolish

Manky - scottish word meaning unclean person or unclean act.

Faff - To waste time on an unproductive activity


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Post  Laikipia on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:01 pm

good work PPH.

It's always fun to learn where words come from a bit like expressions.

I thought of another one but I have no idea if it's from the north

Scuzzy = dirty

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Post  whitestarling on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:06 pm

Ooooo just caught up with this thread, what a great idea. I will have to check some of these words out, but need a bit more time. I heard a new one from friends from Derbyshire a couple of days ago. The word is Chuff, apparently if you call someone a Chuff, it means they are a plonker ( Whoops there's another one ) or a daft head.

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