Mancunian dictionary: The 50 top words and phrases that say you’re a Manc



1. Teeth –  hard enamelled structures usually attached in a row to each jaw.

Manc saying: Newtons (Mancunian rhyming slang: Newton Heath = teeth)

Example: “Look at the state of his Newtons.”

2. Chewing gum – a sweetened and flavored preparation for chewing

Manc saying: Chuddy or chud

Example: “Do you want a chuddy?”

3. Bother – trouble or aggravation

Manc saying: Mither

Example:  “I can’t be mithered with all this”, or “I’m in a bit of mither.”

4. Thirsty – in need of a drink

Manc saying: Gaggin

Example: “I’m gaggin’ for a drink.”

5. Socks – a short stocking usually reaching to the calf or just above the ankle.

Manc saying: Salfords (Mancunian rhyming slang: Salford Docks = Socks)

Example: “Pull your Salfords up.”

6. Very – extremely

Manc saying: Dead

Example: “That exam was dead ‘ard.”

7. Alley – a passage through a continuous row of houses, permitting access from the street to backyards or garages.

Manc saying: Ginnel

Example: “He got away by running up that ginnel.”

8. Trousers – outer garment covering each leg from the waist to the ankles.

Manc saying: Keks

Example: “Look at his jazzy keks”

9. Excellent – very good

Manc saying: Nice one/Top one

10. To fix – repair or mend

Manc saying: Fettled

Example: “I am taking my car in to get fettled.

11. Great – excellent, very good.

Manc saying: Mint

Example: “That’s well mint that.”

12. No

Manc saying: Nah

13. Crying  – to weep; shed tears

Manc saying: Scrikin’

Example: “What’s up with the baby, he won’t stop scrikin”

(Sent in by Vickie Bennett via Twitter)

14. Tantrum – outburst of temper

Manc saying: Strop

Example: “He threw a strop.”

15. Fool – silly or stupid person

Manc saying: Daft ‘apeth

Example: “Stop being such a daft ‘apeth.”

(Sent in by Graham Robinson via Facebook.)

16. Tight – ungenerous

Manc saying: Snide

Example: “I can’t believe you’re not sharin’. That’s well snide.”

17. Disgusting – not very nice

Manc saying: ‘Angin’

Example: “I think this food has gone off, it’s ‘angin’.”

(Sent in by Samantha Aarons via Facebook.)

18. Best friends – your closest friends

Manc saying: Bessies

Example: “Meeting me bessies for a pint later.”

19. Police – civil force responsible for maintaining law and order

Manc saying: Dibble

Example: “The dibble arrested him yesterday.”

20. Generic term of endearment – mate or dear

Manc saying: Cock

Example: “Y’all right cock?”

21. Generic term of praise – good or decent

Manc saying: Sound

Example: “He’s a sound bloke.”

22. Unpleasant – disagreeable, revolting

Manc saying: Mingin’

Example: “That’s mingin’ that is.”

23. Ecstatic – extremely happy

Manc saying: Buzzin’

Example: “I am buzzin’ for this.”


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Liam Gallagher is thought to have a “classic” Manchester accent



24. ” I’m feeling rather hungry ”

Manc saying: “Mi stomach thinks mi throat’s cut”

25. Have the refuse collectors been yet, mother?

Manc saying: “Ast bin men bin mam?”

26. ” Fish, chips and peas with the water they were cooked in. ”

Manc saying: “Fish, chips and peas with pea wet ”

27. ” You have a rather poor haircut ”

Manch saying: “What did they cut your hair with, a knife and fork?”

28. General greeting

Manc saying: “Now then…”

29. Start to explain something

Manc saying: “What it is, right… ”

Example: ‘What it is right, me boiler’s gone and me ‘ouse is dead cold’.

30. Generic expression of disbelief

Manc saying: “Nah man ”

Example: “Nah… Nah man no way!”

31. I am telling the truth

Manc saying: “Swear down… ”

Example: “I swear down, I never touched it.”

32. Close friend or sibling

Manc saying: “Our Kid

Example: “Y’all right our kid?”

34. Excuse me?

Manc saying: “Ee are..”

Example: “Ee are, what you doing?

35. Generic greeting to a cyclist

Manc saying: “Get off and milk it.”

36. You cannot get something for nothing.

Manc saying: “You don’t get owt for nowt.

(Sent in by Chrissy Foster via Facebook.)

37. You need to have a rethink.

Manc saying: “Give your ‘ead a wobble.

(Sent in by Jodie Braisdell via Facebook.)

38. He is annoyed.

Manc saying: “Well someone’s seen their a**e ‘aven’t they?

(Sent in by Vicky Hinksman via Twitter.)

39. You are annoying me.

Manc saying: “You’re peckin’ me ‘ead.

(Sent in by Vickie Brookes via Facebook.)

40. “Stop talking a load of rubbish.

Manc saying: “Stop ya chattin’.

41.  “I am eager for a night out drinking.”

Manc saying: “Mad fer it.

42. Celebration – usually after a success – often sporting – such as scoring a goal.

Manc saying: “‘Ave it!”

43. Shut the door.

Manc saying: “Put wood int’ ‘ole.

44. My house.

Manc saying: My gaff

45. Sat waiting for someone else.

Manc saying: “Sat here like piffy on a rock.”

(Sent in by Chris Sharpe via Facebook.)

46. He has bandy-legs.

Manc saying: “He couldn’t stop a pig in a ginnel.

(Sent in by Sarah Murphy, via Facebook.)

47. Your hair is very knotted.

Manc saying: “Your hair is full o’ lugs.

(Sent in by Olga Lawson via Facebook.)

48. That’s not very good.

Manc saying: “That is bobbins.

(Sent in by Olga Lawson via Facebook.)

49. That’s a bad state of affairs

Manc saying: “That is well bad”

50. To leave your current location

Manc saying: “Gotta chip it’s hair washing time.”


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