ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Speak Like A Mancunian: 2018 Manchester Dialect + Slang

Updated on July 5, 2018
hallucinogen profile image

I studied neuroscience and am fascinated by the wide range of regional dialects, accents and speech patterns found in the UK.

Have You Been To Manchester?

See results

Greeting Someone

In Manchester, you would never say "hey, how are you?", which would be the common way to greet someone in London.

Instead, Mancunians say "you alright?" or "you okay?". This can confuse Southerners and foreigners, who sometimes think that they have to answer and tell the person how they are. However, the correct response is to repeat the exact phrase that they've said, in a faster and less questioning way.

e.g. Mancunian: "You alrightttt?"

You: "Hey! Y'arright."

Source

Adjectives

West: crazy/weird/unexpected (that's well west). This comes from Liverpudlian slang, and is similar to saying "that's left-field".

Peppered: to be broke

Jammy: to be lucky and get away with things

Hangin': disgusting or hungover (the "h" is silent). e.g. "that food were hangin'", "I'm hangin' from that tequila".

Mardy: moody/grumpy

Mingin': ugly/disgusting. e.g. "she's mingin'", "ahh that's mingin', stop it".

Dead/proper/well used in front of adjective: emphatic. e.g. "she's proper posh", "that were dead nice", "I'm well hungry".

Buzzin': very excited/in a good mood, usually in the context of partying or something particularly fun. e.g. "the club's buzzin", "I'm buzzin', I'm seeing The Courteeners live tomorrow".

Sound: decent/solid. Can be used to describe a person, place, thing or situation. e.g. "she's sound", "it's a sound place".

Stush: posh/trying-too-hard. Often used by young, working class Mancunians with a chip on their shoulder, directed at Southerners that they think are stuck up. e.g. "I hate that stush club, full of Londoners in their Adidas and Palace", "he's so stush, all he talks about is his gap year in Thailand".

Peak/deep: bad/awkward/sad. From London slang. e.g. "it's so deep, I got kicked out of uni", "he's so peak to me".

Gassed: excited/buzzin'. From London slang, and rarely used in Manc. e.g. "I'm gassed for Friday!".




The bee is the symbol of Manchester
The bee is the symbol of Manchester

People

Dibble: police

Our kid: someone's sibling or very close friend (e.g. "I'm going to town with our kid").

Nobhead: unlikeable, arrogant person

Mug: silly person/fool

Wrong un: someone untrustworthy who should be avoided

Muggings: someone who is easily persuaded to do tasks (a pushover)

Pleb: used by teen boys to insult each other. Someone weak and undeveloped.

Manchester Christmas markets
Manchester Christmas markets

Verbs

Zonked: to be under the influence of drugs or very drunk

Steamin': to be very drunk

Skrikin': to be crying

Trek: to go on a long walk, e.g. to school


Objects/Things

Kecks: trousers

Chuddy: chewing gum

Barmcake: a bread roll

Stagecoach = the leading public bus operator in Manchester

Magic bus: a cheaper student bus (£1.50) that goes from Didsbury to Piccadilly in a straight line, passing through Fallowfield and the university. Can be used by the public, too.

Teacake: a round bread roll

Gaff: house (e.g. gaff party)

Ginnel: alleyway/side of the house. e.g. "take the bins out to the ginnel"

Wicked: WKD drink (blue alcopop)

Magic/majj: ecstasy, in crystal form

K: ketamine

Canal Street
Canal Street

Places

Town: central Manchester

Canal Street: Manchester's gay district, full of clubs and bars

Piccadilly = Piccadilly Records, the famous record store on Oldham Street. Loved by uni students and old school music fans. It is situated where the old Factory Records offices used to be, which signed Happy Mondays, Stone Roses etc. and many other bands that formed the 80s "Madchester" music scene.

Fac: Factory 251, the well-loved nightclub. Also called "factory".

NQ: the Northern Quarter, a notoriously trendy area with indie coffee and record shops.

Fallowfield: A Southern suburb of Manchester, renowned for it's incredibly high student population. Almost a city within itself, full of students who only leave their bed to grab a pint of milk from Tesco's.

Spoons: Wetherspoons, e.g. "let's go for a post-class Spoons!".

42s: a popular indie rock nightclub

Revs: Revolution, a bar. As it's part of a chain, it is fairly expensive.



Piccadilly
Piccadilly

Well-Known Mancunian Sayings

You can't get owt for nowt: you can't get anything for free (e.g. "why is this so expensive?", "well, you can't get owt for nowt")

Mad fer it: an exclamation, suggesting fun times are to be had

It'll be a buzz: it'll be great/fun

On a real: speaking honestly (taken from London slang). e.g. "on a real, she needs to clean the kitchen".

He/she couldn't stop a pig in a ginnel: he/she is bow-legged or crippled

Stop skrikin': stop crying

I'm in a mither: I'm in a bother/I've got a problem

Sorry to mither you: sorry to bother you

Fish, chips and peas with pea wet : fish, chips and peas served with some of the water they were cooked in

Give your head a wobble: have a rethink

Put wood in the hole: close the door

Get off and milk it: a greeting given to cyclists in Manchester

What's true for you?

See results

© 2018 Lucy

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • hallucinogen profile imageAUTHOR

      Lucy 

      10 months ago from Leeds, UK

      Thanks commenting - glad you enjoyed the article :)

    • CYong74 profile image

      Kuan Leong Yong 

      10 months ago from Singapore

      This is fascinating! I might now be able to watch more Mancester-based shows too!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)