Words that have a totally different meaning in Manchester

(By Belly Oakes/Buzzfeed) “All right our kid.” Some would make you laugh others would keep you thinking.

1. “Dead.”



What it usually means: No longer alive.
What it means in Manchester: Extremely, e.g., “I was dead chuffed with my exam results.”

2. “Hanging.”


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What is usually means: To be suspended from something.
What it means in Manchester: Disgusting, e.g., “That chip butty looks ‘angin.”

3. “Sound.”



What it usually means: Vibrations that travel through the air, noise.
What it means in Manchester: Good/decent.

4. “Cock.”



What it usually means: Cockerel/rooster/male appendage.
What it means in Manchester: Term of affection.

5. “Buzzing.”



What it usually means: A low, continuous humming sound; the noise a bee makes.
What it means in Manchester: Happy/excited.

6. “Dinner.”


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What it usually means: A meal you eat in the evening.
What it means in Manchester: Lunch.

7. “Tea.”



What it usually means: Hot drink brewed from tea leaves.
What it means in Manchester: Evening meal.

8. “Supper.”


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What it usually means: Evening meal, if you went to private school or think you’re a bit posh.
What it means in Manchester: A piece of toast you eat before bed. Maybe some cheese and crackers if you’ve got some left over from Christmas.

9. “Brew.”


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What it usually means: Beer, or the method you use to make it.
What it means in Manchester: A cup of tea.

10. “Our kid.”

"Our kid."


What it usually means: Your child.
What it means in Manchester: A sibling or close friend.

11. “Bobbins.”



What it usually means: A cylinder that holds thread or yarn, used in sewing machines.
What it means in Manchester: Rubbish.

12. “Well.”



What it usually means: Good or satisfactory, or a structure created by digging to access water.
What it means in Manchester: Extremely. Typically used with “bad”, e.g., “Those trainers are well bad.”

13. “Proper.”



What it usually means: Something that’s suitable or appropriate, e.g., “The proper tools for the job.”
What it means in Manchester: An intensifier, e.g., “It’s proper chucking it down out there.”

14. “Rain.”



What it usually means: Moisture condensed from the atmosphere that falls visibly in separate drops.
What it means in Manchester: What falls on you every time you step outside.

15. “Drizzle.”



What it usually means: Light rain.
What it means in Manchester: If you put your umbrella up in this you’ll be laughed at.

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