23 slang words you’ll understand if you grew up in Manchester

23 slang words you’ll understand if you grew up in Manchester

There are many dialect words bound to Manchester

Kids play football in the street in Moss Side, Manchester, October 21, 1993

The Mancunian accent is one of the most distinctive and well known in the UK.

Through generations, there have been plenty of words, phrases and pronunciations that might not mean much to many – but for those who grew up in Manchester, they are easily understood. Those outside of the city region can usually identify a Mancunian by the words they use or how they say them..TAP.TO.CONTINUE READING.

Some may be be more recognisable, whereas others have been bound to certain generations or areas of the region or showcase our northern roots. Whether these were said by grandparent, parents, neighbours or pals, or whether we still say them ourselves, these are some of the words we were raised hearing.

The MEN previously asked readers for their top Manc words and sayings. Here are 23 Mancunian words that you’ll understand if you grew up in Manchester.

This list isn’t intended to be comprehensive, we selected a number of sayings suggested by MEN readers that may or may not be still used today. But if there are any you feel we should have included, let us know in the comments section.
1. Newtons

Derived from rhyming slang, Newton Heath meaning teeth. For example, “look at the state of his Newtons.”
2. Chuddy or chud

Chuddy or chud referring to a type of chewing gum. For example, “do you want a chuddy?”
3. Mither

Sometimes used in other parts of the country, to mither means to bother, trouble or aggravate someone. For example, “I can’t be mithered with all this”, or “I’m in a bit of mither.”
4. Gaggin’

Thirsty, in need of a drink. For example, “I’m gaggin’ for a drink.”

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5. Salfords

Another Mancunian rhyming slang, for socks, using Salfords as it rhymes with Salford Docks. For example, “pull your Salfords up.”
6. Dead

A prefix to a word or phrase to exaggerate or add emphasis. For example, “that exam was dead ‘ard.”
7. Ginnel

Ginnel, meaning an alley. For example, “he got away by running up that ginnel.”
8. Keks

Not just used in Manchester, keks refers to a pair of trousers. For example, “look at his jazzy keks.”

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9. Fettled

Fettled means to fix, repair or mend something. For example, “I am taking my car in to get fettled.”
10. Mint

Arguably an obvious choice – mint is a term often used by people across Manchester, meaning excellent or very good. Example: “That’s well mint that.”
11. Nah

Used by others across the North and beyond, ‘nah’ is a saying for no, to decline something.

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12. Scrikin’

Some may have used this saying in the past, which means to cry or shed tears. For example, “what’s up with the baby, he won’t stop scrikin.”
13. Strop

If someone you knew were to have a tantrum or an outburst, you might say they “threw a strop.”
14. Daft ‘apeth

Daft ‘apeth means a fool or silly person. For example, “stop being such a daft ‘apeth.”
15. Snide

Snide, sometimes used by other regions, means to be mean or ungenerous. For example, “I can’t believe you’re not sharin’. That’s well snide.”
16. ‘Angin’

This Mancunian used word means disgusting or not very nice. Example: “I think this food has gone off, it’s ‘angin’.”

Have you ever used any of this dialect? Let us know in the comments section below.
17. Bessie

Bessie or ‘bezzie’ means your best or closest friends. For instance: “meeting me bessies for a pint later.”
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Two young friends taking part in the Manchester Whit Walks. June 1960
18. Dibble

Deriving from Top Cat’s adversary Officer Dibble, this word is used to refer to the police. Example: “The dibble arrested him yesterday.”
19. Cock

This is a generic term of endearment for a friend or loved one. For instance: “Y’all right cock?”
20. Sound

A well-known word used in Manchester and beyond, sound is used as a way to praise something as good or decent. Example: “He’s a sound bloke.”
21. Mingin’

A familiar word used in Manchester, this means something is unpleasant or revolting. Example: “That’s mingin’ that is.”
22. Buzzin’

Known across the North West, buzzin’ means ecstatic or extremely happy. For instance, “I am buzzin’ for this.”
23. Cadge

To Scrounge or ask for or obtain. For instance, “I need to cadge a lift off someone.”

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