A Beginner's Guide To Speaking Waterford

A Beginner's Guide To Speaking Waterford

Waterford, the home to the very prestigious Waterford Crystal, John Mullane and Flahavan's porridge. Great all rounder really, however there are a few sayings that only people from Waterford understand. Mainly because, well, they don't make sense anywhere else. If you're planning to take a trip to Waterford (pronounced Wahherford) look no further for your beginners guide on speaking Wahherford.


This word is usually used to deliver some sort of news around the rest of the country.

"Well, because of the weather last weekend the pitch is waterlogged"

But in Waterford, it is used as a greeting.

"Well boi what's the craic, I seen your lack in The Kazbar last night"



A term used to talk about a girl you're shifting or in a relationship with.

"This is me lack, Mandy"


It's more usual to see 'boi' when in Waterford. Used in every second sentence.

"Well boi, what's the story boi?"


No Bother

A way to say you're welcome in Waterford. However, it's pronounced a little bit differently too.

"Thank's for the pint"

"No bodder boi"

Red Lead


Red lead is a delicacy in Waterford. It's a type of luncheon meat that has a very pink hue. Not to be confused by Billy Roll as it is much, much better. A red lead sangich is what the children of the Deise are rared on.


Another delicacy of Waterford. The blaa is nothing short of the nicest bread roll you will ever eat. Pair it with a bitta butter and a few tayto's or even better, grab a bitta red lead and you're sorted!



Everywhere else, this word is literally just letters put together with no meaning. But in Waterford, haboo means sleep. You can't make this stuff up.

"Little Lisa is going for a haboo now"


The spelling of this one is up for debate as there's no actual dictionary definition! This one shocked a lot of people. Again, anywhere else in the world, this is just a lot of letters pushed together with no meaning. In Waterford, a little shellykabooky is a snail.


"Mind the shellykabooky, if you step on him it will start raining"


Being skint in Waterford means you are on the breadline/broke.

"I can't go out tonight, I'm skint"

How Do?!


Something that you will always hear around Waterford City. Comes from a man who roams the streets of the city asking "How Do?!" Basically means, how are you?

I love's me county boi

No joke, you won't go anywhere in Waterford without hearing this at least once. Some would say that it has become the motto for Waterford. It's a pretty self explanatory one but Waterford people really do love their county!

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