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Funny Northern Irish Slang


In this video, we’re going to look at funny
Northern Irish phrases. Hey, I’m Alister and welcome to another
video. I’ve been an English and Maths teacher for
11 years and am originally from Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland. If this is your first time here, remember
to subscribe and hit the bell so you don’t miss anything. Number 1 Wee buns If a task is wee buns it is very easy. This is a Northern Irish idiom with a similar
meaning to the more common idioms – a piece of cake or a cake walk. Perhaps, these idioms are where the idiom
wee buns comes from. How’d you get on in the Physics test? It was wee buns, I could’ve passed it with
my eyes closed! The idea of cake being something “easy”
originated in the 1870s when cakes were given as prizes in competitions. One particular American tradition involved
slaves performing a dance mocking the mannerisms of their masters. The best couple won the cake and the idiom
has been used ever since. Well, since 1936, when apparently it was first
used in print. We’ll say something more about the importance
of the word wee later in the video. Number 2 Buck eejit An eejit is a stupid person, or idiot. A buck eejit is even more of a stupid person,
or idiot. You left the fridge door open all day, you
buck eejit! In a strange way, this phrase is actually
kind of a term of endearment. It’s difficult to explain, Northern Irish
people just know how to use it. It would never be used in a serious situation,
a life or death matter, for example. Number 3 Houl yer whisht This is translated as please be quiet. Will you houl yer whisht! I’m watching the
sport! This phrase is also popular on the other side
of the Irish Sea, in Scotland. It was first recorded in the mid-16th century. Number 4 I’ll run ye over This is not to be confused with a threat – no
one is threatening to run over you! This is a person offering a lift to another
person. Sure, it’s bucketing down, I’ll run ye
over to the shops. Bucket down is an informal phrasal verb used
throughout the UK to mean rain heavily. Number 5 Up to high doh This means to be over-excited Why’s Sammy up to high doh? It must be because he got free tickets to
Windsor Park. Windsor Park is a football stadium in Belfast. It is the home ground of Linfield and the
Northern Ireland national team, colloquially called the Green and White Army, due to their
kit colour. Number 6 Boys a dear This is an exclamation of surprise, happiness,
sadness, shock and many other emotions – used in the same way as oh my goodness. Boys a dear, it’s roasting today! Boys a dear, this test is difficult! Boys a dear, I haven’t seen you in 10 years! By the way this video is part of my Northern
Ireland series. The link to the playlist is up here and also
in the description below. If you want to know more about the Northern
Irish accent or words that Northern Irish people say check it out after you’ve watched
this video. Number 7 Aye sure, why nat This is used to laugh off something that everyone
realises is definitely a terrible decision. It ends up being done anyway. Hey everyone, how about going for a swim in
the Atlantic? Everyone: Nah, mate it’s proper baltic! One other person: Aye sure, why nat? (They end up swimming) Also, baltic means extremely cold. Number 8 Do you think I came down the Lagan in a bubble? This is a simple way of saying, I am not daft,
or stupid. Now, son, will you be okay while I go out
for a few hours? Aye, who do you think I am? Do you think I
came down the Lagan in a bubble? The River Lagan is the longest river in Belfast,
though, interestingly it is not the river that the city was named. Belfast, or Béal Feirste, means the mouth
of the River Farset, which is now underneath the city’s High Street. Number 9 Wee This might be the most important word in Northern
Ireland! Firstly, it is NOT a word used to speak about
a bathroom activity. It is used as an adjective, to describe any
and everything, often small things, though this is not essential. Hey, could you give me a wee lift? Aye, just wait a wee winute. I have to finish
my wee cup of tea. Dead-on. It’s only a wee journey to visit
my mate. For more on Northern Ireland, I made a video
about how to do a Northern Irish accent. I suggest checking it out. Thanks so much for watching and I’ll see
you over here in this video.

19 thoughts on “Funny Northern Irish Slang

  1. 'Boys a dear'… do you think this could have any link with 'your boys lad'? (not sure on the grammar as i've no idea what it's supposed to mean), but i've only ever heard my dad say it, usually when he hurts himself like stubbing his toe or something. I pointed it out to him a few months ago and asked where he got it from or what it meant and he told me he'd never heard of it, then when I told him he says it all the time he was shocked…

  2. I know I'm being overly critical because obv I live in NI and generally we can't even watch a news report without cringing but this video was particularly hard for me to watch because your accent is all over the place. Definitely a mix of where you used to live and where you currently live.

  3. you come UP the Lagan in a bubble, not down it! Lol. 🤦‍♀ so you say do you think I came up the lagan in a bubble….plus no offence mate but ur accent is pretty cringe.

  4. Wha about "yer a wee melter" like when ur angry or just a joke
    "Stop slabberin" when someone's talking crap.about u

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