Thursday 17 October 2019

'Catch yourself on!' - Channel 4 schools viewers in 'Derry Girls' vocabulary before show airs

Derry Girls kicks off on Channel 4 in January

Derry Girls on Channel 4.
Derry Girls on Channel 4.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A brand new series set in Derry kicks off on Channel 4 in January and the makers have issued a glossary of the local lingo for viewers.

'Derry Girls' arrives on January 4 and is written by Lisa McGee who based the six-parter on her own experiences in the early 90s.

It's a family-centred comedy set against the backdrop of The Troubles and features a character called Erin and her friends who are used to seeing their country on the nightly news and speaking in acronyms from the IRA to the UDA to the RUC.

While it's a time of armed police and check points, it is also, for the local teens, a time of Murder She Wrote, The Cranberries, MJ and Lisa Marie, Doc Martens, bomber jackets, The X Files, Nirvana and Wayne’s World.

In order to help everyone to understand what they're talking about, Channel 4's glossary includes local words and phrases such as 'catch yourself on', 'mind' and 'wain' as well as some more common Irish expressions like 'craic', and 'class'.

'Derry Girls' glossary - learn the local lingo, you eejit!

Channel 4 series Derry Girls.
Channel 4 series Derry Girls.

Bars: Gossip / scandal

Boke: Vomit

Broke: Embarrassed

Broke to the bone: Hugely embarrassed

Buncrana: A popular holiday destination

Buzzing: Very happy

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

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

Ripping: Extremely annoyed / angry

Saunter: “Be on your way”

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

Derry Girls starts on Channel 4 on Thursday January 4, 2018 at 10pm.

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