How's Your Derry Lingo? Test Yourself Before "Derry Girls" Debuts In The New Year

How's Your Derry Lingo? Test Yourself Before "Derry Girls" Debuts In The New Year

Rejoice Irish comedy fans, there's another Irish sitcom hitting your screens soon.

Channel 4 has commissioned a six part series called 'Derry Girls' which will debut in the new year. The series is written by Lisa McGee and concerns a group of young girls growing up in the early 1990s under the backdrop of the Troubles.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph McGee explained why she decided on setting the sitcom in such a turbulent time for Irish society:

Anything set during the Troubles tends to be a bit grim and bleak, but that just wasn’t my experience of Derry as a child and a teenager . It was a joyful place – I’d like to celebrate that. It was also hugely matriarchal, so I was keen we have a large and varied cast of female characters.

The show stars Saoirse Jackson as Erin, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell as Michelle, Nicola Coughlan as Clare and Louisa Harland as Orla. Tommy Tiernan and Game of Thrones actor Ian McElhinney make up other notable additions to the cast.

Here's the trailer for the sitcom:


To coincide with the release of the show, which airs on January 4th Channel 4 has released a list of Derry slang, so those of us not from the north can keep up. Although it has to be said there is some spillover with the Nordies and from the South.

Bars: Gossip / scandal

Boke: Vomit

Brit: A member of the British armed forces

Broke: Embarrassed

Broke to the bone: Hugely embarrassed


Buzzing: Very happy

Catch yourself on: “Don’t be so ridiculous”

Cack attack: A state of extreme nervousness “I’m having a complete Cack attack”

Chicken ball special: A local delicacy

Class: Brilliant

Craic: Fun, but also news e.g. “Tell us your craic?”


Cracker: Beyond brilliant

Critter: Someone who evokes sympathy e.g. “You poor Critter”

Dose: An unbearable human being

Eejit: Idiot

Hi: A sound placed at the end of almost any sentence for no particularly reason e.g. “No problem hi”

Gone: Please


Head melter: Someone who causes you mental distress

Lurred: Absolutely delighted

Mind: “Do you remember?”

Mouth: Someone prone to exaggeration

Mucker: Friend

No Bother: “That’s no trouble whatsoever”


Raging: Annoyed/angry

Ride (n): A very attractive person

Ride (v): To have sex

Ripping: Extremely annoyed / angry

Saunter: “Be on your way”

Shite the tights: Someone of a nervous disposition


Slabber: A show off

So it is/so I am: A phrase used for emphasis e.g. “I’m delighted, so I am”

Start: To provoke e.g. “Don’t start me”

Stall the ball: “Stop what you’re doing immediately”

Tayto cheese and onion sandwich: A local delicacy

Wain: A child or young person

Watch yourself: Take care

Wile: Very or Terrible

Wise up: “Don’t be so stupid and/or immature”

Yes: Hello

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Eoin Lyons

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