The ultimate guide to Northern Slang: Part 2

Ok here’s the follow up to yesterday’s Part 1, naturally! We’ve had to leave a few out here. They were a little risque to be quite honest, and some were just downright inappropriate. Anyway, here’s what’s made the filtered cut…

Our Kid 


noun \ˈär kid\

Definition: The brother or sister of the speaker.

Origins: Represents ownership of a sibling. Highlighting that they can order them to do things they would not do for others.

Synonyms: me bredren



verb \ˈkwi-ˈbin\

Definition: A state or feeling of extreme fear.

Origins: Mostly limited to St Helens, it comes from the noise made by a quivering sphincter during times of grave danger.

Synonyms: cacking it, fritnin



verb \ˈræɡz\

Definition: Immense short-term pain.

Origins: Comes from ‘ragby’ the original 17th century name for rugby. This was a more vicious version of its modern counterpart, in which extreme pain was the aim of the game. Except for the version played by Southerners, which was for wimps and poshoes only.

Synonyms: kills



adjective \ˈraŋk\

Definition: Something deeply unpleasant to encounter.

Origins: A twist on the Swedish word ‘rank’ which means thin and weak.

Synonyms: grotty, honks



noun \ˈskræn\

Definition: A considerable amount of items to eat.

Origins: From the Dutch word ‘schranzen’ which means to consume excessively.

Synonyms: munch



noun \ˈspɪg-gɪ\

Definition: All forms of chewing gum. Including, but not restricted to, packaged gum, mid-chew stringy gunk and the dry husk found on pavements and bus seats.

Origins: Conflation of ‘spearmint’ and ‘gum’, though spiggy is not necessarily mint flavoured.

Synonyms: chuddy



adjective \ˈtīt\

Definition: Not wanting to share possessions or lend money.

Origins: An adaptation of the Biblical term ‘tight-fisted’ (Deuteronomy 15:7-8). Usually followed by the word ‘arse’ to imply someone so miserly they won’t even set free a fart.

Synonyms: sly, snidey



noun \ˈən-dēz\

Definition: Clothing worn under outer clothes to conceal rude bits.

Origins: A convenient shortening of the word ‘underwear’.

Synonyms: gruds, underkecks

Yay Big


adjective \ˈyā bɪɡ\

Definition: The dimensions of an object. Hand gestures are used simultaneously to demonstrate the appropriate size.

Origins: ‘Yay’ comes from the Middle English word ‘yea’, meaning ‘truly’. Over time it has come to mean ‘this’, referring to the space between one’s hands.

Synonyms: bout yon big

Slightly more Manchester bound these, but still file under ‘Northern’ if you are indeed a Southerner! Anyway, if you missed our English Language courses yesterday you can check them out again here. Sound, our kid? Sound.


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