'Catch yourself on!' - Channel 4 schools viewers in 'Derry Girls' vocabulary before show airs
Derry Girls kicks off on Channel 4 in January
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!
Bars: Gossip / scandal
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
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
Hi: A sound placed at the end of almost any sentence for no particularly reason e.g. “No problem hi”
Head melter: Someone who causes you mental distress
Lurred: Absolutely delighted
Mind: “Do you remember?”
Mouth: Someone prone to exaggeration
No Bother: “That’s no trouble whatsoever”
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”
Derry Girls starts on Channel 4 on Thursday January 4, 2018 at 10pm.