20 UK Expressions That Confuse Other Regions

Explore the unique linguistic quirks specific to various regions across the UK. These regional phrases, from Scottish colloquialisms to Cornish expressions, provide a colourful glimpse into local dialects. How many of these can you decipher?

1. “It’s Crackin’ Flags” – Yorkshire

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Used in Yorkshire to describe very hot weather, implying it’s hot enough to crack paving stones.

2. “Ginnel” – North England

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A term for a narrow passageway between buildings, commonly used in cities like Manchester and Leeds.

3. “Dreckly” – Cornwall

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A word from Cornwall that means “directly,” but more often implies that something will happen in its own time.

4. “Pure Barry” – Scotland

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A phrase from Scotland, especially around Edinburgh, meaning something is excellent or fantastic.

5. “Tamping” – South Wales

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Used in South Wales to express anger or frustration, as in “I was absolutely tamping.”

6. “On the Huh” – Norfolk

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A Norfolk dialect phrase meaning something is crooked or askew.

7. “Hoy” – North East England

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In North East England, particularly Newcastle, “hoy” means to throw something. It can also be used to get someone’s attention.

8. “Nesh” – Midlands

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In the Midlands, if someone is described as ‘nesh’, they’re particularly sensitive to the cold.

9. “Jiggered” – Liverpool

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A Liverpudlian way of saying extremely tired or broken, as in “I’m absolutely jiggered.”

10. “Peely-wally” – Scotland

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In Scotland, if someone looks “peely-wally,” they appear pale or ill.

11. “Bampot” – Scotland

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A Scottish term used to describe a foolish, annoying, or crazy person.

12. “Twoccing” – Midlands

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Originally from the Midlands, “twoccing” is slang for taking something without permission; it stands for “taking without owner’s consent.”

13. “Cwtch” – Wales

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A Welsh term for an affectionate hug, implying a safe, warm, and loving place.

14. “Mardy” – East Midlands

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In the East Midlands, “mardy” is used to describe someone who is sulky or moody.

15. “Dinnae Ken” – Scotland

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A Scots phrase meaning “don’t know,” commonly used across Scotland.

16. “Antwacky” – Liverpool

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Something that’s old-fashioned or outdated, often used by older generations in Liverpool.

17. “Lug” – Scotland

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In Scotland, “lug” refers to the ear, but can also mean to listen attentively.

18. “Jammy” – East England

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In East England, calling someone “jammy” means they are very lucky or often find themselves in favourable situations by chance.

19. “Kip” – South West England

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In South West England, “kip” is not just a nap, but can also refer to a place of sleep, like “I’m heading back to my kip.”

20. “Blether” – Scotland

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In Scotland, a “blether” is someone who talks a lot, often about trivial matters.

How Many Did You Get Right?

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Each of these phrases offers a window into the rich tapestry of speech across the UK. Did you recognize any, or were some completely new to you?

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