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THE IMPROVED CORK SLANG

This is your first lesson in de frases of de Cork biys. C’mere I realise some of the feenos and de wans have pure hassle with de Cork speak like. So have a lash of it and the’ll be less gowls around. How bad!

Part 1: Expressions

1) C’mere Timme = Excuse me
2) I will yeah! = No!
3) What’s the story fella? = how are you?
4) hows the form? = hows it it hanging?
5) You would yeah! = you wouldn’t dare!
6) Here la = here you are
7) There la = its over there / look over there
8) State a him la = He looks bad
9) (Ah / Awe) now sham = thats good
10) I claim ya = I would really like to engage in a fight with you.
11) Pure = very
12) Two shits = care
13) Couldnt give two shits = I don’t care
14) Like = this word is used at least once in every Cork sentence. eg Ah know like you understand dont ya?
15) Like eh = Used as a hesitation at the start of a sentence.
16) Nawful (hes a nawful langer) = terrible
17) Bate = beat up, used with da shit. eg I’ll bate da shit outa ya
18) have a lash off = have a go
19) lash into hash = Smoke cannabis
20) be wide = be careful
21) sketch = Theres someone coming (be wide)
22) Be doggy wide = Be extra careful
23) How bad bhoy = Good
24) Bhoy (pronounced-by biya) = man /person. Not necessarily a Celt.
25) A trip in the white van = A trip in an ambulance

Part 2:Nouns & Verbs

26) Brasser / stella / tramp / trollup / whorebag = prostitute
27) Stella = girl who wears her hair up in bob, chews on gum, has earrings the size of hula hoops, and mostly norries (see no.73)
28) Jammy Rag = a tampon
29) Steamer / bender /queer /ass-bandit / faggot /puff / gaylord = homosexual
30) Hairy = child molester / paedophile or old person /experienced
31) Blouse = Steamer, a male with feminine traits (ya fuckin’ blouse)
32) Wan / bure = female
33) Young wan = female child
34) boy / fella / fein /feeno /your man = male
35) Small fella = Male child
36) Mam / Dad / Ole Man / Ole Laid / Oul fella / Oul wan = mother/father
37) Lulla / subla / din-din / a suck / cream crackers = knackers
38) Apache = joyrider
39) salk = stolen car
40) sham = young male / hard man or knacker
41) sham-feen = macho / hard man
42) Snout / gonker /snoz = nose
43) Gib / gap / gant / gearbox /pussy / bush / muff = vagina
44) Pussy = chicken shit or faggot (see no.29)
45) Langer / langerdan = arsehole
46) Gowl (Ghoul) = stupid person
47) Gimp = fuckin eejit
48) Gimpy walk = person with the mousy walk (wabbling from side to side)
49) Fifty = stood up
50) Poppies / tatties = potatoes
51) Yolkes = ecstasy
52) Duby / chatnospoof = hash
53) a nodge = a small bit of hash
54) a knock = a lump of hash of any size
55) a deal = 10 pounds worth of hash
56) a score = 20 pounds worth of hash
57) shades / law / blue bottles / pigs = Gardai
58) two-bulb / shad mo-beal (awe now feen pull a leggar) = squad car
59) pig stie = Garda station
60) speedy = garda motorbike
61) gatch = walk
62) snobby fuck / faggot = well-off person
63) gammy = deformed
64) jag / doing a line / jaggin / meetin a wan / with / scoring = going out with
65) gatt / lush / drink = alcoholic beverages
66) gattin / on the piss / gettin langers / pintin / on the tear = going drunkin (in a pub)
67) bushin = going drinking on the street
68) reff / reefin / mangle = beat up / beating up
69) lamp / skanse / la = look
70) droppin / wizz = need to piss
71) hangin = need a fag
72) wah / whacker = scumbag
73) norrie = person from the northside of the city
74) frame / kit = woman’s body
75) flaa = good looking girl
76) feak = see no.75
77) Is she feakin = is she fuckable
78) drain the weasel / go for a slash / take a piss = urinate somewhere

Part 3 : Place Names

79) Grawn : Gurranabraher
80) Knocka: Knocknaheeney
81) Mahn: Mahon
82) da Han: Ballyphehane
83) Tokor: Togher
82) da Glen: The Glen
83) Pana: St. Patricks Street
84) Flying bottle: The HolyHill Inn
85) da Peace Park: Bishop Lucey Park
86) Clon: Clonakilty
87) Crosser = Crosshaven
88) da Cross = Turners Cross
89) Golden Wheely bin land = Douglas
90) Fanny city = Grange (the women r unbalieverable up there)
91) The smell = the halting site
92) Monten Snotty = Montenotte

Part 4: House things

94) Gaff = House
95) Free gaff = house where the parents are absent (party at the gaff)
96) Scoot on = This is what you say to faggots who show up at your party uninvited

Part 5: Sayings

97) She got a slap of the ugly stick = Shes an ugly bitch
98) Ya mog = you ugly person (no gender necessary)
99) I’ll drop ya = I will knock you out with one punch
100) Good Look = good bye, see ya soon

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  1. Rachel
    March 5th, 2014 at 20:55 | #1

    @thesraid
    Shandras was the Grand parade hotel on the Grand parade. Had many a drunken night in there.

  2. Conor
    January 11th, 2013 at 22:13 | #2

    Dats de dogs bollicks , brilliant

  3. Hieronymus Bosch
    December 25th, 2012 at 12:16 | #3

    Runaway knock = knock-and-run = knock down ginger

  4. Hieronymus Bosch
    December 25th, 2012 at 11:36 | #4

    Have the gawks = vomiting

    Mebs = Baals (testicles)
    To make a mebs of = to balls up

    Coggin me ecka = copying my homework off a classmate because I didn’t do my own

  5. accatone
    July 6th, 2010 at 03:55 | #5

    the majority of these are in everyday use in donegal

  6. April 22nd, 2010 at 16:47 | #6

    u left out

    slime = snake

    spoof =lie

    2 get ur hole = have sex

    if u agree wi sum u say stop

  7. CKB
    March 16th, 2010 at 03:30 | #7

    I’m from Cork and I’ve heard moraya loads – not the city but I’m from the county. Era ya like – as if like. I will yeah – no chance.

  8. jurgen
    March 13th, 2010 at 09:58 | #8

    and what do you think of swamp donkey – ugly person
    what would be a good slang for dancing dave in the city centre?damhsa donkey???
    i’m dutch and i’m learning the slang already like haha its fun living in cork!

  9. August 8th, 2009 at 21:34 | #9

    You forgot God-loom!
    as in Gods-sake!

  10. kieran
    July 22nd, 2009 at 15:24 | #10

    very good. corse bohy ya CANT put all da slang words in.. that would take donkeys… see ya later…

  11. CKB
    April 27th, 2009 at 02:41 | #11

    You forgot torn feek boy…he’s unbelievable like.
    He’s a TORN feek – emphasising how much of a feek he is!!
    G’way outta dat boy..
    Heavy jocking, he’s heavy jocking her i.e. he’s really giving it to her.

  12. February 17th, 2009 at 09:24 | #12

    @justinf

    Ah Zoes, I used to love that spot. Not sure where Shandras was though.

  13. February 16th, 2009 at 20:49 | #13

    me brother back home in cork , when i was on a visit

    “c’mere , do we need to get the bainne down the shop like?”

    bainne – milk.

    same as the gaelic.

    might be just him, but he picked it up from somewhere like.

  14. February 16th, 2009 at 20:47 | #14

    you dont have “manky” or “mowldy” – unpleasant, not good looking, unfavourable.

    “ah gway like – ya shifted that wan like? fucks sake – she’s manky like”

    “jesus, the weather is mowldy out like”

    “you should she the beor he’s jaggin like – pure mowldy like..”

  15. February 16th, 2009 at 20:35 | #15

    who could forget the off license in st lukes.

    “i’ll have a 2 litur and a naggin of vodka…”

    then off to the steps overlooking the city with yer mates before heading into Zoes.

    the steps are off wellington road.. past an old hospital.. keep walkin and you end up on some steps away from the road, but with a great view over the city.. went gattin there with the buddies before heading into the likes of shandras or zoes

  16. meg wrenne
    February 16th, 2009 at 20:12 | #16

    ya well st lukes used to be a great place one time with the pubs, u had quiltys and cathys , the st lukes tavenn the crack was fantastic, 2 gud, they were addictive puds and u couldnt leave them

  17. February 16th, 2009 at 14:59 | #17

    Yeah I live on the number 8 route as well. A lot of funny goings on around St. Lukes as well.

  18. meg wrenne
    February 16th, 2009 at 10:40 | #18

    i was on the no 8 bus heading home one nite, this young one crying down the back with her fella, whats wrong with yaaaaa, for fucks sake whats wrong didnt i buy ya chips and flaaaaa yaaa, what more do ya fucking want, i couldnt believe my ears, i got off at st lukes and she was still sobbimg!!! i tell you no lie!!!

  19. KT
    February 5th, 2009 at 20:59 | #19

    wat bout “chalk it down” = means “definetely” haha and “aryt boi (arite by)” = means hello/goway ya faggot haha

  20. Catherine
    February 2nd, 2009 at 05:28 | #20

    It is kind of sad that I visit Ireland in the summer and know most of these words on the list. I’m from New York and I was able to cop on to it pretty easily.

    Cop on- Understand

  21. Catherine
    February 2nd, 2009 at 05:15 | #21

    It is sad that I am from New York and knew most of these words.

  22. J P
    January 19th, 2009 at 13:59 | #22

    hows about “daycint choon bhoy” That means,that is a lovely song dear chap.

    Daycint….

  23. ian
    January 9th, 2009 at 07:26 | #23

    great site lads. laughed me hole off. Moryah is also mollyah and mockyah, all three can be heard.

    don’t forget

    ME HOLE!!!=no way
    mizlin=going
    I was mizlin down Pahna lampin at de feaky byores.

    Or lets give him transport and dress him up.

    I was mizlin down Pahna on a steerna in me baedna lampin at de feakey byores when me buddy said da wan dere la is boxed. U be some langer now te fleah dat ghoul. Nah sez I. I’m one double-wide fiend. U!? sez he, a double-wide fiend. I tink u have ur codding cap on. Me aule one is more a double-wide fiend dan u.

  24. January 6th, 2009 at 00:26 | #24

    haha ow bou arr ya welll….? haha

  25. December 21st, 2008 at 19:03 | #25

    eh i was bron and bred in Cork too and never heard of “moraya” and i live in da Southside!

  26. Carol Whelton
    December 12th, 2008 at 21:03 | #26

    Howaya??
    greeting people you know/how do you feel

    Mariya Nike= a fake nike

  27. cucolm
    November 27th, 2008 at 11:20 | #27

    cracker- lasher= fine bure

  28. grace
    November 24th, 2008 at 03:35 | #28

    ya mog is jus a fool like!.. there a daysent few words on this tho that ye left out!…
    skittin: laughin
    fla: hes handsome(hes a fla)
    out the gap: outta here
    happnin: story!

    ah theres a good few more now like, cant even think!!.. grand job tho..

  29. Aurora
    November 24th, 2008 at 00:59 | #29

    In addition “Fleah” as a verb, eg. young sham to accompanying stella:” I pays ya, I fleahs ya what more d’ya want?” Overheard on Nth Main St.

  30. Aurora
    November 24th, 2008 at 00:47 | #30

    Also “floata” for no. 29 and “Guz Ay” for cross eyed

  31. donkeys gudge
    June 29th, 2008 at 22:04 | #31

    ha – “reedin”… spot on. i can vouch for that one as well like.

    havent heard of “moraya” either… maybe thats southside slang?

  32. Rachel
    June 26th, 2008 at 16:37 | #32

    Reedin = talking unkindly about someone or behind someones back

    e.g. Are you reedin my fella? = Are you talking about my boyfriend in an unfriendly manner?
    e.g. She was reedin the hole offa ya = she was talking about how unkind and selfish you are when you were not present

    …never heard of Moraya and was born and bred in Cork!

  33. lisa egan
    April 28th, 2008 at 03:48 | #33

    hey, try tellin someone like not from ireland to get the sliced pan ootta da press and see the blank look! go on ya fiend.up cork ya boya.

  34. April 27th, 2008 at 21:41 | #34

    I’m from Cork as well you Mog :) And I’ve heard people use most of these phrases. Not all in the CIty though. Cork is a big place like.
    Although in fairness I’ve heard Mog used up ion Galway as well so maybe it’s not a Cork phrase.

  35. kieran
    April 26th, 2008 at 19:09 | #35

    here! im from cork lyk and most of dis shit isnt even used like u 4got most of it and a mog doesnt mean an ugly person it just means a fool! ya bollix!!

  36. Amz Mac!
    April 18th, 2008 at 23:23 | #36

    Ah u 4got…
    “Daycent”
    “dats d berries”
    “dats d job”
    “dats d jerries”-(mix of berries n job!) lol

    Dis sites class do… u wudnt tink der was that many slang tings do!ha.. “,)

  37. Colin o regan
    February 12th, 2008 at 15:46 | #37

    DATS DAYCENT OUT BIYZ PZZ IS A FUCKING SHAM

  38. November 27th, 2007 at 00:21 | #38

    Hi
    From NZ , Miss the auld Homested . What a Laugh .
    Thank You All
    Mike .

  39. donkeygudge
    November 23rd, 2007 at 13:32 | #39

    i think you left out:

    mockeyah – fake.

    magic roundabout – the roundabout at the junction of the kinsale road and the airport road

    scobe – a cork version of a chav. similar to “whacker”

    donkey’s gudge – a dark cake made by bakers from left over bread, topped with white icing

    “pig stie” is a new one for me – that’s hilarious, like!

  40. Sham666
    October 24th, 2007 at 22:04 | #40

    Here what about
    on the scout for beors= looking for someone to meet

  41. Sugarfix
    August 23rd, 2007 at 21:31 | #41

    Moraya = faking it: “he was moraya drunk, like”

  42. Sugarfix
    August 23rd, 2007 at 21:30 | #42

    Moraya (mor-a-ya) = faking it: “he was moraya drunk, like”

  43. Elina T
    May 30th, 2007 at 17:19 | #43

    lol (laugh out loud) this is decent boy!
    im so like coping that,ledgend!!

  44. mark o sullivan
    October 25th, 2006 at 22:39 | #44

    shes a descent ( daycent ) yolk boy! – shes a fine thing

    lamp – to look

    tiz me berrys – its great

  45. September 5th, 2006 at 00:35 | #45

    holy shit! that’s terrific..im copying it down and going to start using it in my everyday language here in texas and see how many people i can piss off…ohhhh i like this..

  46. sham sham
    August 31st, 2006 at 16:42 | #46

    Hup Shambobalubbas,

    Some Kinsale and surrounding district slang for ye shams;

    oh sham thunder – the individual is intoxicated
    shambob – a good friend
    shambobalubba – a very good friend
    trollocks – a christmas word for bollocks (for those who still want to say bollocks but are not in the approving company)

  47. Colin
    July 19th, 2006 at 13:20 | #47

    How about ‘are you langers? snap, snap boy’. ?
    :-)

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