Thursday, October 3, 2013

Week Three - Some Northern Irish Jargon

Just a quick list of words and expressions I've learned to translate from the Northern Irish jargon:

"Craic" or "What's the craic?" : Fun or What's up? (Assimilated into casual conversation from the Irish word literally meaning "fun".
"Taking the piss" : They are just messing with you.
"How are getting on?" : How are you doing?
"You know your guy/girl --?" : Even if they are talking about a famous person whom you've never met, a Northern Irish person may say, "You know your guy Bob Saget?" when mentioning a specific person.
"Come at half 2." : Come at 2:30.
"It's good banter." : This is sort of another way of saying something is fun. It may also refer to a good conversation.
"The taxi will drop you there." : The taxi will drop you off there.
"There will be lifts arranged." : There will be rides arranged (to take you somewhere).
"We'll get you sorted." : I hear this expression all the time. It can mean "We'll help you" or "Let's see what we can do to fix the situation."
"Class!" : Cool!
"Aye." : Almost always used instead of "yes".
Trolley : Shopping cart
(Bank) notes : Cash
"Yoke" or "Look at that yoke!" : Something. A word used in place of "thing".
"Wee" : Replacement word for "small" or "short" or "younger". I.e. "Just fill out the wee card on the table."
"Wee bit" : Only used with speaking of a small amount of something.
"You's" : You all or you guys.
"Veg out" : Relax
"Deadly" : Difficult, as in "That exam was deadly."
"waffling on" : When someone is rambling on in their speech.


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