Do You Know The Lancashire Lingo?

Do You Know The Lancashire Lingo?

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Have a gander at our Lancashire sayings!old-lancs

1.Saying/ word: Barm
Meaning: Bread roll

2. Saying/ word: Put wood in th’ole
Meaning: Shut the door

3. Saying/ word: Corporation pop
Meaning: Water

4. Saying/ word: It’s cracking flags
Meaning: it is so hot outside that stone pavings are breaking

5. Saying/ word: Use yer loaf
Meaning: Use your brain

6. Saying/ word: I’ve not got out fort do
Meaning: I don’t have anything to do

7. Saying/ word: A’v cum b’out any money
Meaning: I haven’t got any cash on me today

8. Saying/ word: Stop skriking
Meaning: Stop crying

9. Saying/ word: Mitherin’
Meaning: Annoying/pestering

10.Saying/ word: Wot you sayin’?
Meaning: What’s up? or What are you up to?

11.Saying/ word: Proper reet good
Meaning: That is very good

12.Saying/ word: Give us a nicker
Meaning: Please may I have a pound

13.Saying/ word: A doll and a drum and a kick up a bum
Meaning: That is what you get for being cheeky

14.Saying/ word: What ya on wi lad
Meaning: What have you been up to?

15.Saying/ word: How’s yer sen?
Meaning: How are you?

16.Saying/ word: Stop pace egging aboutteam
Meaning: Stop messing around

17.Saying/ word: Kecks
Meaning: Trousers

18.Saying/ word: I’m spitting feathers here
Meaning: I am thirsty (can also be very angry!)

19.Saying/ word: Nice one
Meaning: Thank you

20.Saying/ word: Beltin’
Meaning: Great

21.Saying/ word: He’s not as green as he’s cabbage-looking

Meaning: He’s not as stupid as he looks

22.Saying/ word: Scran
Meaning: Food

23.Saying/ word: Our kid
Meaning: My brother/sister

24.Saying/ word: Manchester caviar
Meaning: Mushy peas

25.Saying/ word: Wind ya neck in
Meaning: Calm down/keep your nose out of my business

26.Saying/ word: Shut ya gob
Meaning: Be quiet

27.Saying/ word: Put big light on
Meaning: Turn on the main light

28.Saying/ word: Ta rah
Meaning: Goodbye

29.Saying/ word: Your hair is full of lugs

Meaning: Your hair is all knotty

30.Saying/ word: Chuffed
Meaning: Pleased

31.Saying/ word: Willie heckers like
Meaning: No he won’t

32.Saying/ word: Ow’do
Meaning: How are you?

33.Saying/ word: ‘angin
Meaning: Horrible

34.Saying/ word: Don’t be nesh
Meaning: Do not be soft

35.Saying/ word: Mingin’lancs
Meaning: Not nice

36.Saying/ word: That’s bobbins
Meaning: That is useless

37.Saying/ word: I were agate and he were agate
Meaning: I said and he said

38.Saying/ word: Muffin
Meaning: Bread roll

39.Saying/ word: I could eat a horse between two bread vans
Meaning: I am very hungry

40.Saying/ word: Clobber
Meaning: Item of clothing or hitting someone hard

41.Saying/ word: Do I heckers like
Meaning: No, I definitely don’t

42.Saying/ word: Nippin’ shop
Meaning: Going to the shop

43.Saying/ word: Up the wooden hill
Meaning: Up the stairs

44.Saying/ word: I’ll av a meat an tata cake
Meaning: I’ll have a meat and potato pie

45.Saying/ word: A shilling mix
Meaning: A shillings worth of chips and peas in a bowl

46.Saying/ word: Al’reet?
Meaning: Are you ok?

47.Saying/ word: What a load of twod
Meaning: What a load of rubbish

48.Saying/ word: Sweating cobs as in ‘I’m sweating cobs ‘ere’
Meaning: I am sweating a lot

49.Saying/ word: Brassic
Meaning: Broke

50.Saying/ word: Oh aye yeah
Meaning: Oh yes (realisation)

51.Saying/ word: Barmcake
Meaning: Bread roll

52.Saying/ word: Like piffy on a rock bun
Meaning: Used for someone hanging around with no purpose

53.Saying/ word: Sound as a pound
Meaning: Great, doing good

54.Saying/ word: I’m starvin’ Marvin.
Meaning: Hungry

55.Saying/ word: Jibbing
Meaning: Not to pay on the bus or train/unwilling to do something

56.Saying/ word: Yer great barmpot
Meaning: You are being rather silly

57.Saying/ word: ee, I’ll go t’foot of our stairs
Meaning: Expression of surprise

58.Saying/ word: Yer doin me shed in
Meaning: You are driving me mad

59.Saying/ word: He’s not behind the door is he?
Meaning: He’s not daft is he?


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11 responses to “Do You Know The Lancashire Lingo?”

  1. Dan says:

    Now surely with an 01254 number, you should know it’s a teacake, but a barman cake lol.

  2. Dan says:

    Now surely with an 01254 number, you should know it’s a teacake, but a barman cake lol..

    • Elephant says:

      In Oldham we used to say ‘Arming after you’ meaning impersonating in an unpleasant way.Like imitating someone’s stammer for example. My Mother used to say ‘Agate’ in a sentence,as in ‘I saw your Grandma today and she was agate’I think it is another word for exclamation,as in if someone has a heated opinion.Ginnel irritates me,as it is wrongly used.A ginnel in ;Lancashire is a passage between two houses sometimes a tunnel between two houses.It is not a Back alley,as is often used in Coronation street.

      Another Oldham tradition was Cob coaling on Bonfire night,when we would go to houses,sing a song and get money.Even other Lancastrians have never heard of this tradition,so in true Lancastrian tradition,it was local only to Oldham.

  3. dil malley says:

    I knew 53 words of the dialect phrases

  4. Paul Wild says:

    I was born in Oldham and I have never heard anyone call a meat and potato pie a meat and tata cake. A potato cake is Lancashire is something entirely different. In Oldham we just call them Tata pies and they have a crust on top only.

  5. Becca says:

    Spitting feathers isn’t thirsty its angry/fuming, well it is where I am from in Lancashire

  6. Ian Scott says:

    I always thought the expression “get a gate” meant get started or get a move on. As in the example- found a quiet spot with my girlfriend from Lancashire and she said get a gate. Bt the time I found one she had gone home.

  7. Roy Parker says:

    In our house “puffy”‘ was “on a drum” meaning fidgeting.
    Back of beyond or yonder meant over there somewhere.
    Don’t come running to me if yer break yer leg. Meant don’t be an idiot

  8. Jane Upton says:

    My Gran from Oldham used to say ‘Clogs ‘ll pinch til shoes won’t fit’ . . . . . And I always took it to mean don’t be so fussy accept what you have
    Has anyone heard of this

  9. Keith says:

    It is not “a gate” it is agate, all one word. Cob Coalin’ was done throughout Lancashire not just Oldham. But reet now I have to have a pow. ( haircut)

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