If you've ever had trouble understanding what Irish people are saying then worry not; the definitive guide to Irish slang has just been released. 

The guide breaks down some of the more difficult slang terms of the English language in Ireland and has been released to help people viewing the new TV show, Derry Girls

The show is being aired in the UK and Ireland and is a comedy set during the Troubles in the city of Derry in Northern Ireland. 

During that time there was a lot of sectarian conflict in the area and the Derry Girls hopes to portray those tough times in a different light.

For such a strange concept, the show looks very funny. Famous Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan also stars in the show. You can check out the trailer here:

Irish slang is hard to understand at the best of times and some of the slang from the city of Derry is completely unique. 

To combat this, the creators of the show have released a full glossary of Irish slang that is used in the show.

Have a look at the full list below and see if you can make up your own weird and wonderful sentences.

Also, as a test, see if you can translate what we're saying:

"I had a cack attack after I boked on my mucker"

"He was such a ride that I was absolutely lurrah after talking to him"

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 particular reason e.g. “No problem hi”


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

Now, you will be better prepared if you end up travelling to Ireland in the near future. They might even mistake you for a local! 

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