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Lade: a man-made canal associated with a mill. used in Spamount Co. Tyrone. Scottish origin. From: Marie

 

Lak: "Do ye lak ales?", the local pronunciation of a former catchphrase around Lough Neagh translated as "Do you like eels?" From: Jack

Land: verb, meaning to arrive. eg, "John landed in at half three this morning" From Aaron

 

Lamp: To thump or strike especially about the head or face. From: Sally Kelly

lash: excellent, great, class. (A commonly used word in Lurgan, especially popular with young people. I've never recorded it in any dialect/slang dictionaries, though it's similar to English slang "lush".) From Stephen

 

Lashin: Raining heavily. Dominic Campbell adds: also used to mean severe vomiting, eg: "He was lashing up all night" or "He lashed rings 'round him"

 

Latcheco -an ill mannered, rude undesirable person usually a male .eg That boy round the corner's a real latcheco. From emmagee

 

Lethal: brilliant, superb, amazing' 'That band were lethal hi!' From: Terence Donnelly

 

Leave it back: To give something back after you have borrowed it. To "bring it back" would assume you had first taken the object without permission. From: Katrina Bel

 

Leesh: to discard or throw something out, often vigorously. As, Do ya want this dinner or not? Ans Leesh it oot, I dunny wantit.

 

Leppin: Dirty, flea or lice-ridden.

'I wudn't get in til the taxi, it was leppin, so it was.'

 

Let off: To pass gas! As in... 'Who let off? Yer stinkin'!' From: Kieran Kerr

 

Let on: 1. Pretend.

'Van Nistelroy was only lettin on to be hurt til git a free kick.'

2. Admit.

'Nivver let on ye were there, or y'll nivver hear the end of it.'

 

Liberty bodice: a warm wrap around vest. From Mags

 

Lift: 1.Arrest.

'He was lifted by the peelers for cloddin' stones.'

2. Ask to dance.

'He lifted me for the last two dances.'

 

Lig: Silly giddy person.

'Stop actin' the lig, will ye?' Mary Kennedy adds: someone acting the eejit.

 

Lightweight: A person who cannot hold their drink or who cannot suffer a hangover. From: Sally Kelly

Like. Have you ever noticed that we always say like at the end of a sentence. "Is wasnt my fault like" From: Gemma G.

 

Lilty: 1. Cheerful, carefree person.

'She was away up the Newtownards Road like a lilty, after she got the letter.'

2. Early, and easy, riser.

'Sure, he's up like a lilty every mornin'.'

 

Livin': Filthy, dirty, of questionable personal hygiene. From: Sally Kelly
loanin noun a lane, path or small road in County Antrim or certain areas of South Derry. From: Sally Kelly

Loaf-head "ur doin ma loaf in" From: Anon

 

Loanin - unsurfaced farm lane or track. From: Anon

 

Lock - a quantity which the speaker either does not know or wish to say i.e he only planted a wee lock of carrots this year. From anon
Lock: A few, a small number, a small lot. From: Sally Kelly

 

Long tail: type of shovel with a long staight handle without an end cross piece and a pointed blade-peculiar to N Ireland. From Robert

 

Lowe: (spelling unestablished, rhymes with 'how'): Conflagration, fireball. Usage: "To go up in a lowe" - to go up in flames. eg: "She left the grill on too long and his dinner went up in a lowe"

 

Luckpenny - a small discount off a purchase asked for by the customer for luck. eg Now just how much of a luckpenny will you be givin me off that suit of clothes? From emmagee

 

Lucksay - 'I say hold on a second there old chap while I explain this to you' or similar. From: Noel O'Rawe

 

Lugs: ears. 'That wean's got a fierce set of lugs' From: David Graham. Claire McCauley adds: Deeflugs = deaf ears, bionic lugs = good hearing

 

Lug: A stupid person From Brian
Lug meaning to carry. 'I have to lug this bag home'. From: Des


Lummox: A large, ungainly person. From: Sally Kelly

Lung Butter particularly unpleasant term for a substance that eminates from your chest especially if you inhale the contents of 60 bensons the previous evening accompanied by 2 gallons of guinness and next day jump out of bed, make a deep throaty noise like trying to start a tractor in a november and hey presto enough lung butter to stick a small house on. From: Big Kev

 

Lured: Delighted, very pleased ie "I was all lured to hear the good news" (Derry City) From: Sally Kelly




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