How To Speak Like A Mancunian: 2018 Manchester Dialect + Slang
Have You Been To Manchester?
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."
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".
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!".
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.
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
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
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.
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?
© 2018 Lucy