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Best Donegal Slang

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,177 sesswhat


    Madam wrote: »
    quare

    As in 'how's the quare one the day?'(does that mean 'odd' or something else, never could understand that one?) or how about 'It's a quare day the day'.

    'Tis a quare day alright'. Quare would usually just mean 'great' if you are talking about weather, pirties, or various body parts :).

    The 'quare one' or 'quare fella' on the other hand is just a version of queer, or as you say, odd. This would be common enough through the country.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,501 Madam


    The 'quare one' or 'quare fella' on the other hand is just a version of queer, or as you say, odd. This would be common enough through the country.[/QUOTE]

    Oh I see, time to get the cousins back for asking that of my brothers(meaning me - I was very quiet as a teenager);)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 279 ✭✭ shogunpower


    the qwuer one doesnt have anything to so with queer, its like saying, yer mans a qwuer buck, which means that yer man is sum buck..


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,070 ✭✭✭ Penfailed


    Great thread. Most of the slang isn't exclusive to Donegal though. Very few IMHO. 'yock' instead of car is definitely in there though :D

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,240 ✭✭✭✭ Cee-Jay-Cee


    Theres a wile droot on me - I'm very thirsty
    Pishin wi rain - Pouring rain
    Pure scundered/scunnerd - Really pee'd off.

    When i was at school there was a lot of slang used, dont know if it was a letterkenny thing or county wide, some that i remember

    Makes - money
    Yaks/Nyaks - cigarettes
    Staish - look
    Minx - travellers
    Strides - trousers
    Shades - guards
    Chats - Breasts/Boobs (as in staish the chats on yer doll!)
    Sketch - Run (usually when you were found doing something wrong)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 254 ✭✭ mamakevf


    Wer 'r ye fray?(Where are you from?)
    Up abeen Corky (I'm from Corky)
    Aye, deed sowl sur. (Ah yes, I know where you are from now):D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 131 ✭✭ mikedone


    Bastes: Cattle as in "Hae ye ony bastes?" "Damn a wan an' Ah got rid o' the animals as well" the animals were sheep
    Miggy: Hat particularly the "beany"
    Stabs: Fence posts. This caused an English colleague of mine a lot of confusion when he was putting up a fence at his home and the delivery man told him he had "the load o' stabs ye ordered"
    Thonner: There as in "It's ower thonner agin the stab"
    Thole: Suffer or endure
    Gimp: Demeanor particularly if one is suspicious as in "Ah don't trust the gimp on thon boy"
    Footy: Can mean small or frail depending on context "Thon's a wile footy wain" "Poor auld Paddy he's got wile footy the last wheen o' days


    And last but not least a wonderful expression I have never heard anywhere else regarding a deceased person "I hope (s)he is happy"


  • Registered Users Posts: 8 ✭✭✭ Porter986


    Naw ta tall - (not at all)


  • Registered Users Posts: 458 ✭✭ CSU


    was in Bunbeg for a weekend ( kicking town):D

    Pub sign read - "NO RUMMERS ALLOWED":confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 254 ✭✭ mamakevf


    ^^^^ Probably meant 'No Runners allowed' ie.trainers/sneakers.
    At first I thought there might have been something wrong with the 'R'.:D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 458 ✭✭ CSU


    mamakevf wrote: »
    ^^^^ Probably meant 'No Runners allowed' ie.trainers/sneakers.
    At first I thought there might have been something wrong with the 'R'.:D

    :D
    ...could have meant a few things / me thinks...
    • "NO DRUMMERS ALLOWED"
    • (PEOPLE WHOM DRINK RUM NOT ALLOWED)
    • (could have literally meant "RUMMERS" (A large and tall glass, or drinking cup.)
      "NO GUMMERS ALLOWED" (A punch-cutting tool, or machine for deepening and enlarging the spaces between the teeth of a worn saw.)

    ...anyway's, I thought twas DOnegal slang for trainers:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,515 ✭✭✭ irish1967


    Big new sign outside Central Hotel, Donegal Town.

    STOUT €3.80
    LARGER €3.90

    Seems sign writers need to concentrate more.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 913 Ronan Keating


    Take a photo.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭ annascott


    I have heard older people say "weemen" for women and "kittling" instead of kitten. :confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,937 implausible


    CJC999 wrote: »
    When i was at school there was a lot of slang used, dont know if it was a letterkenny thing or county wide, some that i remember

    Makes - money
    Yaks/Nyaks - cigarettes
    Staish - look
    Minx - travellers
    Strides - trousers
    Shades - guards
    Chats - Breasts/Boobs (as in staish the chats on yer doll!)
    Sketch - Run (usually when you were found doing something wrong)

    I first heard these phrases from a Tuam friend of mine, he also called runners 'skates'. Couldn't believe it when I heard the young fellas at school using them and calling each other 'sham', must be a 'townie' thing!


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,240 ✭✭✭✭ Cee-Jay-Cee


    annascott wrote: »
    I have heard older people say "weemen" for women and "kittling" instead of kitten. :confused:


    I think weemin/weemen is more to do with pronounciation rather than being a slang word, its just that people have now taken to spelling it as its pronounced....and its not just old people that say/use it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,040 yuloni


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 131 ✭✭ mikedone


    Condi wrote: »
    This post has been deleted.

    EVERY sentence?!? That's news ta me hi sir LOL


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 913 Ronan Keating


    Another saying: "ah scutch ya hay ya dirty rotten soldier".


  • Registered Users Posts: 208 ✭✭ MsQuinn


    CJC999 wrote: »
    When i was at school there was a lot of slang used, dont know if it was a letterkenny thing or county wide, some that i remember

    Makes - money
    Yaks/Nyaks - cigarettes
    Staish - look
    Minx - travellers
    Strides - trousers
    Shades - guards
    Chats - Breasts/Boobs (as in staish the chats on yer doll!)
    Sketch - Run (usually when you were found doing something wrong)

    I remember those too. Were they not part of the travellers language rather than Donegal speak. There was sham (guy) and biour (girl) also thrown in there.

    Might be wrong.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,655 Noreen1


    CJC999 wrote: »
    Theres a wile droot on me - I'm very thirsty
    Pishin wi rain - Pouring rain
    Pure scundered/scunnerd - Really pee'd off.

    When i was at school there was a lot of slang used, dont know if it was a letterkenny thing or county wide, some that i remember

    Makes - money
    Yaks/Nyaks - cigarettes
    Staish - look
    Minx - travellers
    Strides - trousers
    Shades - guards
    Chats - Breasts/Boobs (as in staish the chats on yer doll!)
    Sketch - Run (usually when you were found doing something wrong)

    I don't spend enough time around Letterkenny, it seems.:D
    I've never heard any of the bolded text - and I've lived in Donegal for most of my life..... :confused:


  • Moderators, Regional North West Moderators Posts: 43,170 Mod ✭✭✭✭ muffler


    Noreen1 wrote: »
    I've never heard any of the bolded text - and I've lived in Donegal for most of my life..... :confused:
    Ditto.

    I've no idea where people have heard those.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,886 homer simpson


    muffler wrote: »
    Ditto.

    I've no idea where people have heard those.


    You's are just getting too old to have heard them :D:pac:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 913 Ronan Keating


    muffler wrote: »
    Ditto.

    I've no idea where people have heard those.


    I would have thought staish and sketch were comon enough.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,655 Noreen1


    You's are just getting too old to have heard them :D:pac:

    He's in good company, so!:p:D:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 208 ✭✭ MsQuinn


    You's are just getting too old to have heard them :D:pac:

    Was "yous" (yooooss) done yet. Aparantely it's proper english :o

    More southerly folk frown at me when I say it.

    And what about "that there". Have been slagged about that for years. The usuual response is "what where".


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,501 Madam


    Strides - trousers

    It's more Australian slang than Donegaleese;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,501 Madam


    I've often wondered why folk(maybe the older ones)in Donegal say their going 'up' to Dublin(Sligo or wherever):confused:


  • Moderators, Regional North West Moderators Posts: 43,170 Mod ✭✭✭✭ muffler


    You's are just getting too old to have heard them :D:pac:
    Listen here garson ;)


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 913 Ronan Keating


    Madam wrote: »
    I've often wondered why folk(maybe the older ones)in Donegal say their going 'up' to Dublin(Sligo or wherever):confused:


    Donegal people realise they're lower class!


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