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Majella: A "typical" Derry girl. From: Sally Kelly

Make a bomb: To be prosperous; to make a lot of money; to engage in a profitable venture. From: Sally Kelly

 

Make: A halfpenny coin. From: John Maze
Make meaning penny. "I need another make to buy sweets." From Des

 

Mankin'/Manky - Disgusting. 'She's absolutely mankin''. From: 'Yer Ma'

 

Mant: Mant Annie, Mant Aggie From: John Maze

 

March - not as commonly used in the 'Pravince' to describe events of an allegedly cultural leaning, but in this case to describe the dividing line between the lands of 2 neighbouring forms e.g. I spreaded the slurry on all the fields that march wi' yer man that lives in thon oul huckster of a place down the loanin. From: Noel O'Rawe

 

Marley - glass marbles as in a childrens game. Belfast saying was "your head's a marley". An insult! From: Frank Mallon

Marty adds: Yer head's a marley... was told this often at primary school!
Ian adds: marley usage, 'yer head's a marley an yer bum's a plum'

 

Marra - tomorrow. 'See ye the marra wee lawd.' From: Terence Donnelly

Mary Ellen, a woman's genital area. 'Git down or yu'll hurt your Mary Ellen climbing on that tree.' From Donna Knapper.

May- had better. "Ye may get well happed up fer thon werr wud founder ye." Only rarely used as in Standard English e.g. May I go to the toilet? would be "Can I go to the toilet?" From Stephen Hewitt

 

Measly: Describing quantity or amount - meaning miserly, miserable, paltry measure. From: Sally Kelly

Mell: To strike, beat or cause phyical injury ie "He got a mellin' the other night". From: Sally Kelly


Melt: Indeterminate part of the body, usually under threat.

'Ah'll knock yer melt in!'
Melt/melter - someone or something thats doing your head in "you're meltin my head!" or "you're a full on melt!" From: Emily

 

Melter ye ...a person who does heads in! From: Emma Y

 

Messages - errands. 'Am away up the street to do a wee lock of messages...' From Terence Donnelly. (ed's note: I've also heard it used to mean groceries as in 'I'm away til the shap t'get the messages.'

"I'm just going down the street for a few wee messages." Maggie

 

Mighty: Very good, excellent, very enjoyable. From: Sally Kelly


Millie - A girl from a working class area who generally wears tracksuits and big ear rings. .
Ros Burns adds: in 1980s what we called girls who would now be called "chavettes"
Milly: A "typical" Belfast girl. From: Sally Kelly

 

Millies - a nickname for 'female mill workers when linen was a booming!' From: Jim Turkington

Mineral: lemonade (not bottled mineral water). eg: "Gi's a mineral, before I choke" From Dominic Campbell


Mind - to remember.
'Will you mind to put the bins out?' From: JP Devlin.

 

Minging : very dirty/smelly/dishevelled as in He never washed for a week and wore the same clothes , he was just minging. From: Steve

 

Minter: Co Down word for Cracking, Outstanding, Brilliant. ie: "David Healy scored a Minter against England". From James Hanna


Minting it: To be prosperous; to make a lot of money; to engage in a profitable venture. From: Sally Kelly

Mitch: Play truant.
Mitchin. Playing truant from school or, moving your marlie closer to the hole when no one is looking. From: Farnsbarn

 

Mite = small person. Used in terms of comfort
'God help the wee mite he's cut his wee knee so he has' From: Sian Ferguson

Mitts: meaning fists. put up your mitts if you want to fight, From: Des

 

Mizzle: Light, soft rain.

 

Moke - a boy who wears tracksuits and thinks there better that "they can knoct ur pan in" From: Matt

 

Mon on - Let's go. From Brian. Belfast adds: also heard as just "Mon" or "C'mon" or "Mon up" when lifting a 'chile'

 

Mooch: To cadge, scrounge or beg in a sly manner. From: Sally Kelly

 

Morr: Mother, as in a headline of many years ago "Welcome to the Queen Morr!!!" From: Alan

Moss: The area of peat bog where turf are cut. From Ali

 

Mouchty/meuchty - not very fresh smelling - north antrim word. From: Jean Elliot

 

Mowl - Garden Soil. From: Farnsbarn

 

Moylee, a cow without horns. Also a person with little or no sense.That one is a real moylee. From: Des

 

Mucker: Friend / Mate. From Jo

 

Mulchie - same as culchie. From: Brian

 

Muncal. "Am away round til see meuncal Shoey" From: John Maze

 

Munchies. people from the country. From muntir na haithe. used in the 60's by school kids from Belfast. From: Linda

 

Munter = minging, ugly esp female.'That wee blade there's a munter eewww' From: Terence Donnelly

 

Murra boy: Hello boy (when greeting a young man or a friend) Used until late 60's in East Tyrone Montaighs (shore of Lough Neagh).
Might be derived from the Irish "Dia's Muire duit" From Jack

 

Mustard: Troublesome, difficult.

'That wee lad's absolutely mustard, so he is.'

'The town's mustard this close to Christmas.'

Note: in rhyming slang also known as Bird's (Bird's Custard.)

 

Mutton Dummies, were slippers to be worn in school.
'Says she ta me, say's I ta her, get aff me foot yir killin me, yir on me mutton dummy'. From Donna Knapper. Jen adds: where I grew up mutton dummy referred to a gormless person with a glackit look about them who did not speak in company

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