Babbydishes. Pieces of broken pottery, cups and saucers,
used as money by children playing `wee shops'.
The more decorated the pieces were the more they were prized. From:
Bachran: dried cow dung. From Des
Back end - Autumn or early winter e.g 'It was very
wet in the back end.' From: anon
'She had a bake on 'er that wudda turned milk.'
'He hit him a dig in the bake.'
Baked: Meaning 'on drugs or full of drink' Ur boy
over there is baked. From: Gerard
Baldy notion - no idea. Sometimes reduced to baldy
-he hasn't a baldy notion what he's doin'. From: Louis
Balleecksed - very drunk indeed.
"Lest night ay wis ebsolutely balleecksed" From: Mark
Baltic: Very cold.
'God, it's Baltic out there, so it is.'
Bant/banter - Talk, "alright man whats the bant?!"
Similar to craic, but referring specifically to conversation. "Any
banter with ye's?" From: Stevie Mac
Banjaxed .. broken down. As in "I cant call over
tonight love, the car's banjaxed". From Aaron
Bap, another word for head. 'Duck, mind yer bap.'
From Donna Knapper.
'Yer da'll do more than just barge ye when he gets home, ye wee skitter
Barney: Mind, head.
'Nivver you borr yer barney about that one.'
Nick adds: Barney: A verbal argument. "They're havin' a right
barney in there'
Barney Dillin: A one shilling coin. From: John Maze
Barrel: A small, rotund/overweight person usually
prefixed with 'wee' ie "She's a real wee barrel!". From: Sally
Bars - scandal, goings on. "what's the bars?",
"any bars?", "No bars?" . May be particular to Derry.
From Terry Murphy
"What's the bars?"
The object of a young woman's romantic intentions ie "Did you see
your bars in the bar last night?"
Baste: Beast (person) - 'He's a dirty baste him' From:
Bate - beat, as is 'Shut your bake er I'll bate you
good lookin' From: Brian
Batter on: carry on with what you're doing From: Jean
Bealin': Usually when referring to a wound - seeping
and showing signs of infection. From: Sally Kelly
Beamer, to 'take a beamer': Be embarrassed. As in,
"He took a beamer when his ma called him in for his dinner"
From Gerard McCurley
Be/biz: am/are, is/are when the action is recurring.
'I be in that market ivry Friday that God sends.'
'We biz in at the scrake of dawn ivry day.'
'That show biz on at half-seven on Tuesdays.'
Bedlams - The retail outlet Debenams. From James Mulholland
The beeky woman was the Education and Welfare Officer,
for pupils who were 'beekin off' - absent from school without explanation.
From Rosemary Rankin
Beek or Beak (spelling unestablished):
to play hookie "he's beekin off". From: Belfast
'Y'll have til go til the doctor, thon's really beelin ni.'
Beese - literally 'beasts' generally taken to mean
cattle. 'There's a quare lot of beese in thon field' (used in North
Antrim.) From: Andrew Kerr
'That match was a real beezer.'
Behindbacks: To behave in a two-faced or sly manner
particularly with regard to personal criticism of an individual. From:
Belt: To strike, slap or punch. From: Sally Kelly
Belter: Class, superb, amazing. From: Jude
B-ibblede - Be able to From: Mark
Bid: (do as yer bid ) told. From Ian
Bin lid - somebody who has done a stupid act! From:
Big Yokes - Over-weight young ladies. "Any big
yokes last night?" Meaning did you socialise with any overweight,
particularly buxom ladies last night. From: James Mulholland
Biddies, old women. From Donna Knapper.
Birl: Dance, twirl.
'Sure, didn't he lift me for a coupla wee birls at the Plaza?'
In the days when children swung on ropes from lampposts, a birlie
was twisting through 360 degrees on the makeshift swing as it spun round
Birl - a go, as in 'give her a birl' From: Brian
Bladder - kick a ball very hard - give it a good bladder.
From Louis Hawthorne
Blade: Tyrone slang for young girl, often with sharp
ways with words.
"That we blade shud watc her mouth"
"Where's the wee blade now?"
"Ma sister has a likin for your wee blade" From: Michael Douglas
Blarge: Go into things clumsily, unheedingly.
'He just blarges in t'everything like a bull in a china shop, so he
Blear as in 'sleep in your eyes' 'Wipe them blears
out of your eyes son.' From: Terence Donnelly
Bled gander (pronounced to rhyme with render)
My north Antrim granny would remark on how pale I was as a child saying,
'you look like a bled gander'. From: Kathleen Mallon
Blether: Excessively talkative person, to talk excessively.
'Ah was near deaved, ah thought he woud nivver stap bletherin.'
'She's nathin but an oul blether.'
Bletherskite, someone you could not believe what they
said, but they were not as bad as a liar. From: Donna Knapper.
Blethercumskite as Bletherskite, my mother would say,
'Yer a blethercumskite and the ducks ill get ya.' From: R. Kennedy
Blirt: An untrustworthy person.
'Ach him, he's nathin' but a blirt, ye cudden't be up t'him.'
Blocked - drunk. From: Nicole
'Don't hing it there, thon wall's boast.'
Bog (pronounced with a short O - almost bug):
move - Bog over a bit. Move over a bit. Probably
the Irish "bog" (e.g. Bog leat! = Be off with you). From Jack.
'I cudn't have stayed there, the whole place was boggin.'
Boke: 1. Vomit.
'The poor chile boked up the Springfield Road.'
2. Humourless person.
'Sure, there's no crack wi him at all, he's a dry oul' boke.'
Bonie (pronounced bow-knee) :- bonfire - usually on
the eleventh night (11th July). From Louis
Boul = bowl
'Give us a boul of soup there.' From: JP Devlin.
Boul = bold, and both boul and bold are used locally
to mean naughty or cheeky or disrespectful. Children are told "Stop
that ye boul boy!" or "Don't be so bold!" From: Bernie
'Yer Ma' adds: Boul - Can mean to shout at someone in an angry tone
'I bouled the head off her' or also having a good time 'Last night was
a good boul'.
boutye?, boutcha? - how about you? How are you. Less
formal than hello, more Norn Irish than Hi. From Jane
Boys-a-boys: Translates roughly as oh my gosh, or
good heavens. An expression of mild amazement at a turn of events. From
Boys-a-dear, is that right. From Rory Donaghy
Boyangs are trousers tied with twine just below the
knees.Mainly worn by farmers during harvest time in time gone by From
Brapple, A clap of thunder,"That wuz a brave
brapple of thunder" From: John
Brass neck: trying your luck to a serious degree.
Brave: Indicates a generous amount, distance, frequency
'Ye'd git a brave few bob for them on Ebay.'
'It's brave 'n' warm.'
'It's a brave distance, y'know.'
'She's here brave 'n' often.'
Bravely: Well, recovering.
'Ach, yer man's doin' bravely ni, so he is.'
Bout ye big lad - How are you? From: Stephanie
Breeks - a word used in Ards peninsula for trousers
i.e. - pull ur breeks on. From: Jenny
Brown's cows. Disorderly, "get in line there,
yiz are like Brown's cows". From - Farnsbarn
Bruckle: refers usually to newly baked wheaten bread
that is so fresh it is difficult to cut without it crumbling/breaking
From: Michael Carson
Brue: the dole - as in '..he's on the brue' - signing
on. From Mags
Buck Mental: A state of euphoria and or violence caused
by excessive alcohol downage. ie "look at yer man, hes going buck
mental" - also referred to as "buck wild". From uubrey
Bucketing: To mean raining heavily -"we can't
go out in that, sure it's bucketing!" From: Maggie
Bully: Warm greeting.
'Bully Jim, what about ye!' Pronounced to sound like, or as, Billy,
which must be very confusing for the many Billys being greeted 'Bully
Bun worry. Sunday School social evening. From: Farnsbarn
Busted - broken as in 'he had a busted nose' From
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