Whilst everyone knows the people of Liverpool have their own language, it can take a while for outsiders to understand what they’re actually talking about. Don’t get a cob on though, we’ve gotten Scouse birds Emma and Robyn in the office to put together this Scouse Dictionary so you’ll always know what’s being said to you. Here you’ll find some well known phrases and some you’ve probably never heard before. We’ll have you speaking like a local in no time!
Lad, la, lid, fella, our kid, mate
- Generic term to refer to any male
- “Alright Lad, want to watch the match with me and our kid?”
Bird, queen, prin, me ma’
- Generic terms to refer to women
- “I’m taking me bird out later for a few bevvies.”
Boss, Sound, Belter, well in
- Used as a way to express happiness
- E.g. “I’ll get the next round in mate”, “Ahh that’s sound that, thanks lad.”
- Used to express unhappiness
- E.g. “Failed me exam last week because I was too hungover from the night before. Absolutely devoed”.
- Used when referring to more than one person at a time
- E.g. “Can youse come with us to carry the bevvies back from the bar?”
- Used to express disgust towards something or someone
- E.g. “Eeeee. Have you seen her eyebrows?”
Meff, weapon, muppet, divvy.
- E.g. “Alright you big meff, where’ve you been?!”
- Affectionate term used to call out/refer to any male who does something stupid but you still love them.
- E.g. “Has anyone seen soft lad? He’s gone missing again.”
- A term used for anyone who annoys you.
- E.g. “You’re well rid of him queen, he was a gobshite.”
- When something doesn’t look right. Can refer to either a person’s or location’s appearance
- E.g. “Did you see Katie last night? She looked a right show.”
Wool, Woolly back
- Used to refer to anyone from outside of Liverpool, but especially from The Wirral.
- E.g. “Eeeee. There’s loads of wools in here tonight.”
- When you want to avoid something or someone
- E.g. “Nah swerve Heebies tonight. That guy I got with last week’s in there.”
- Used to say thank you
- E.g. “Ta for giving us your Netflix login.”
- When you have no money left
- E.g. “Nah sorry mate can’t go out tonight I’m proper skint.”
Chocka, chocka block, heavin’, rammed
- When somewhere is really busy
- E.g. “Mate been standing at this bar for ages, its chocka in here”
- Footwear, usually trainers
- E.g. “Just got some boss new trainees in town, now I’m skint.”
Jarg, plazzy, blag
- When something is fake/not genuine
- E.g. “Got this jarg bag down the market on Sunday”
Got a cob on
- When someone is wound up
- E.g. “Watch out for Steve. He’s got a cob on after some guy spilt his drink.”
- Asda supermarket – obviously!
- E.g. “Going The Asda lads. Want anything?”
- When something has gone your way/you’re really happy
- E.g. “Got a first on that essay, I’m made up.”
- The meal you have in the middle of the day (lunch to the rest of the country)
- E.g. “Where shall we go for dinner lads?”
- The meal you have at the end of the day.
- E.g. “Going round me ma’s for tea tonight”
- Any sort of food
- E.g. “I’m starvin’ mate, lets order some scran.”
- An alcoholic beverage
- E.g. “Go on then, I’ll have a bevvie with ya.”
- Any type of sandwich
- E.g. “I’ve got a buttie for my dinner today.”
- A frozen summer treat you can get from the ice cream man.
- E.g. “It’s roasting today, do you want a lolly ice?”
There you have it – our Scouse Dictionary that’ll have you talking like a local in no time!
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