Scouse Slang: an eeeee-asy alphabet
If you’d like to learn an edgier language than Spanish, try your hand at a bit of Scouse. You might even pass for a Liverpudlian local
During your short time in Liverpool, you will hear a variety of voices and words you don’t quite understand. It’s crucial to colour your understanding of the local dialect and broaden your horizons by attempting to learn the local lingo.
There’ll be plenty more words to come across, but here’s a short alphabet to help you learn your ey-b-c’s of the beaut Scouse slang.
A – Ar kid
A term of endearment, usually for some one younger or close to you.
“Ar kid missed his 9am.”
B – Bifter
(noun) a cigarette or a joint.
“Giv’ us a bifter lad.”
C – Clobber
“Got some nice clobber for Heebies tonight.”
D – Down the banks
To have a go at someone, or to give them grief.
“My housemate stole my cheese, so I gave him down the banks.”
E – eeeeeee
(exclamation) A sound of sheer complaint or shock.
“Eee someone pushed in front of me in the Med queue!”
F – FTM
Fuck the Matrix. You’ll see this poorly graffitied by teenagers on walls around town deriving from the matrix section of the police dealing with drugs in Liverpool.
“FTM almost got arrested for that fight last night.”
G – Gary’s
(noun) Ecstasy pill named after Gary Ablett – as in tablet.
“I’ve ‘ad three Gary’s already lad.”
H – Head
(Suffix) usually applying to a person “mad’head” – a crazily tough person or “skag’head” – a grotty person.
I – ‘Iya
(greeting) The only way to say hello to your friends. For a more advanced use, try using it instead of a fake smile – ‘iya can be very cutting.
J – Jarg
Counterfeit, fake or poor quality clothing.
“Those boots you got from St. John’s are jarg.”
K – Kaylied
(adj) To be highly intoxicated/smashed/off your face.
“I was so Kaylied in concert square last night that I pulled a promo guy.”
L – La’
Lad. Used as many times as you like in a status.
“you alright la’? I’m off to the Asda right now la’ but see ya later la’.”
M – Meff
(noun) Derogative term meaning tramp but works for any smelly, unkempt person.
“That guy next to me on the 699 was a complete Meff”
N – nutt’n
An easy way to get out of a conversation.
“warra’ yew up to tonight?” “nutt’n” – end of.
O – Ozzy
(noun) The hospital.
“Going to the Royal’Ozzy to visit me nan.”
P – Prin
(noun) The Prin, or Prinny, is a top bird born and bred in Liverpool. You have to work hard to get this kind of compliment.
“She’s a proper prin.”
Q – Queen
(noun) A word for your girlfriend (or yer’ bird).
“I’m taking my Queen to Almost Famous tonight.”
R – Rat
“Get your rat out for the lads”
S – Scran
“Gawarn get us some scran from Chesters?”
T – Todd
Being on your own.
“I was left on me todd when all my friends pulled in Envi.”
U – Up
To be happy about something.
“I’m made up with my 2:1.”
V – Van
A mobile cart selling food usually outside a football match.
“In half-time I want a butty and a bevvy from the scran van.”
W – Wool
An insult used by Scousers to describe people who aren’t truly Scouse but are trying to pass for one. Usually those from the surrounding areas such as the Wirral and St. Helens.
“Did you catch that wool trying to pretend he’s from Toccy?”
X – the X
A nickname for the strip club X and the City.
“din’ I see yer down the x last night?”
Y – Yer
You. Usually asking a question or a possession. “Yer gorra cob on?” (are you being moody?) “Is that yer fella?”
Z – Z cars
The EFC Anthem