Here are all the slang phrases you’ll need for the Northern Ireland stop of your European backpacking tour.

1. Buck eejit

A term of endearment for people who are silly, or a bit of an idiot.

A: Timmy fell through the roof last night.
B: What was he at?
A: He locked himself out and he was trying to get through the window.
B: He was not…. He’s a buck eejit.

2. Wee

No, not a word for bathroom activities. It is used to describe everything, although it is meant to describe small things.

Shop assistant: Could you give us your wee debit card? Just put it into the wee machine there. Now put in your wee pin number. Take your wee card out. Here’s your wee receipt. Have a great wee day!

3. Courtin’

If you are courtin‘ someone, you are dating them.

Grandmother: How are you keeping daughter?
Teen: I’m well, Granny. How’s the knees?
Grandmother: Not too well daughter. Come here, are ye courtin‘ yet? When I was your age, I had any amount of men on the go.

4. Gurn

To gurn is to moan about someone.

A: I can’t stand work. All they ever do is go on about their children or how the husband didn’t come home on time last night. Ach, and one of them stole my chair this morning. Said hers was too squeaky.
B: Ach, it can’t be that bad. Quit yer gurning.

5. Houl yer whisht

Literally translated as “Please be quiet.”

A: So, I’ve got to get a new dress, get my hair done, maybe a wee manicure. Then I’ve got to get my tan done and….
B: Will you houl yer whisht? The news is on.

6. Boggin’

Very dirty.

A: Jimmy, would you take yer wellies off before you come into the house? They’re boggin’.

7. Bout ye?

How are you?

If you go into a shop… Sales Assistant: ‘Bout ye?
If you go into a chip shop… Counter Assistant: ‘Bout ye?
If you bump into your mate on the street… ‘Bout ye wee lad?

8. Ogeous handlin’

If something is an ogeous handlin’, it is a tricky situation with some complications.

A: Here, do you remember the time Johnny got the tractor stuck in the ditch?
B: Aye, I do rightly. Do you remember how it was so mucky and he couldn’t get it towed out?
A: I sure do, and the peelers had to help him out with it and they all got boggin’.
B: It was some ogeous handlin’.

9. I’ll run ye over

No, this is not a threat. This is a person offering a lift in a car/van/tractor to another person.

A: I’m about to head over to Jimmy’s for the futbol.
B: Ach, I’m passing that way. I’ll run ye over sure.”

10. The price of thon is a terra

Something that is rather pricy.

Husband: Just you get yourself a lovely wee dress for the wedding.
Wife: What do you think of this one?
Husband: You’re looking fierce well in it. Wait… WHAT. Three hundred pound? The price of thon is a terra.

11. Up to high doh

To be over-excited.

A: What’s Shannon all up to high doh for?
B: I think it’s Jamie Dornan filming at the old high school across the way. I think she’s going to try and get a picture with him.

12. Yoke

An object. Often used when discussing motor vehicles.

A: That’s a great new tractor you’ve got there. What is she?
B: She’s a Massey Ferguson 5600 with four cylinders. I’ll be getting another loader for her next week.
A: She’s some yoke.

13. Banjaxed

To be absolutely beyond repair.

A: Yup, she’s banjaxed all right.
B: What did you do to your new Massey?
A: Ended up getting her stuck in a ditch and she went over on her side and the loader came off.

14. Boys a dear

An exclamation of sadness, shock or happiness. It covers all bases. Used in the same ways “oh my goodness” can be.

15. Foundered

To feel cold.

A: Here, Timmy, did you ever call that taxi?
B: I did aye. It’s on its way.
A: It better be. I’m foundered standing waiting on it.

16. Tongin’

A tongin‘ is something you would go home to when you had been up to no good. It is a good scolding.

A: Here Tom, did the wife not tell you to be home for eight?
B: She did aye.
A: Do you not think you should be getting back to her?
B: I’m going home to a tongin‘ anyway. If I’m going to be late, I had better make the most of it.