Lancashire Lingo

If you’re from Lancashire, there are certain phrases and sayings that only you will understand. Indeed, these will sound ‘foreign’ to people outside Lancashire.

We have put together our list of sayings to help you understand the Lancashire lingo. Have a gander!

  1. Barm – Bread roll
  2. Put wood in th’ole – Shut the door
  3. Corporation pop –  Water
  4. It’s cracking flags – it is so hot outside that stone pavings are breaking
  5. Use yer loaf – Use your brain
  6. I’ve not got out fort do – I don’t have anything to do
  7. A’v cum b’out any money – I haven’t got any cash on me today
  8. Stop skriking – Stop crying
  9. Mitherin’ – Annoying/pestering
  10. Wot you sayin’? – What’s up? or What are you up to?
  11. Proper reet good – That is very good
  12. Give us a nicker – Please may I have a pound
  13. A doll and a drum and a kick up a bum – That is what you get for being cheeky
  14. What ya on wi lad – What have you been up to?
  15. How’s yer sen? – How are you?
  16. Stop pace egging about – Stop messing around
  17. Kecks – Trousers
  18. I’m spitting feathers here – I am thirsty (can also be very angry!)
  19. Nice one – Thank you
  20. Beltin’ – Great
  21. He’s not as green as he’s cabbage-looking – He’s not as stupid as he looks
  22. Scran – Food
  23. Our kid – My brother/sister
  24. Manchester caviar – Mushy peas
  25. Wind ya neck in – Calm down/keep your nose out of my business
  26. Shut ya gob – Be quiet
  27. Put big light on – Turn on the main light
  28. Ta rah – Goodbye
  29. Your hair is full of lugs – Your hair is all knotty
  30. Chuffed – Pleased
  31. Willie heckers like – No he won’t
  32. Ow’do – How are you?
  33. ‘angin’ -Horrible
  34. Don’t be nesh – Do not be soft
  35. Mingin’ – Not nice
  36. That’s bobbins – That is useless
  37. I were agate and he were agate – I said and he said
  38. Muffin – Bread roll
  39. I could eat a horse between two bread vans – I am very hungry
  40. Clobber – Item of clothing or hitting someone hard
  41. Do I heckers like – No, I definitely don’t
  42. Nippin’ shop – Going to the shop
  43. Up the wooden hill – Up the stairs
  44. I’ll av a meat an tata cake – I’ll have a meat and potato pie
  45. Al’reet? – Are you ok?
  46. What a load of twod -What a load of rubbish
  47. Sweating cobs as in ‘I’m sweating cobs ‘ere’ – I am sweating a lot
  48. Brassic – Broke
  49. Oh aye yeah – Oh yes (realisation)
  50. Barmcake – Bread roll
  51. Like piffy on a rock bun – Used for someone hanging around with no purpose
  52. Sound as a pound – Great, doing good
  53. I’m starvin’ Marvin – Hungry
  54. Jibbing – Not to pay on the bus or train/unwilling to do something
  55. Yer great barmpot – You are being rather silly
  56. ee, I’ll go t’foot of our stairs – Expression of surprise
  57. Yer doin me shed in – You are driving me mad
  58. He’s not behind the door is he? – He’s not daft is he?