Lancashire is a beautiful county. Filled with rolling hills, exciting developments and incredible people. With Preston being on the rise for tourism, more people than ever before are visiting the capital of Lancashire. If you’re visiting Preston soon, are you clued up on the best Lancashire phrases?
Don’t worry if your Preston lingo isn’t up to scratch, we’ve made a handy guide to Lancashire phrases you should know before visiting.
Use: Aye, I’m from Lanky.
Use: Oreet cock?
Use: Ey up, cock.
Use: He’s a gradely lad him.
Use: I’m jiggered.
Use: I’m gaspin’ for a bit of baggin’.
7. Baggin’ Time
Definition: Tea time
Use: I can’t wait for baggin’ time, I’m starving.
8. Cracking Flags
Definition: Extremely hot or nice weather
Use: It’s cracking flags out there!
9. Corporation Pop
Definition: Tap water
Use: Give me some corporation pop.
Definition: The alleyway between houses or between a house and a wall
Use: Go down the ginnel to get round the back.
11. Put wood in’th hole
Definition: Shut the door
Use: Put wood in’th hole, it’s freezing!
Definition: A bread roll
Use: I’ll have a sausage and bacon barm, please.
Definition: A bit of an idiot
Use: He’s a proper barmpot.
Definition: A clumsy way of doing things
Use: The fence he put up looked a bit cack-handed.
Use: I’m chuffed with how my fence turned out.
Use: Get them kecks on, we’re going out.
Definition: To look
Use: Are you skenning at me?
Use: Ta-rah, cock.
Definition: A stomach-ache
Use: I’ve got bellywarch from eating too many pies.
Definition: Steak and kidney pudding from a takeaway
Use: I’m going the chippy to get a babby’syed
21. Manchester Caviar
Definition: Mushy peas
Use: I’ll have some Manchester caviar with my fish and chips.
22. Wigan Kebab
Definition: A pie on a barm
Use: I had a rate good Wigan Kebab last night.
Use: Stop mithering, you’re doing my head in.
24. Ow do
Definition: how are you
Use: Ow do
Use: It’s cowd in here.
26. Spittin’ Feathers
Use: I need a drink, I’m spittin’ feathers
27. It’s like Blackpool illuminations in here
Definition: When more lights than are necessary are left on in a house
Use: It’s like Blackpool illuminations in here!
28. By Gum
Definition: Used to express shock
Use: By Gum! I never expected that!
Definition: hair knots
Use: Me hair’s proper luggy.
30. Don’t Be Nesh
Definition: Don’t be a wimp
Use: Don’t be nesh, it’s nae even cowd.
31. Sweating Cobs
Definition: to sweat profusely
Use: I’m sweating cobs.
There are plenty of interesting Lancashire phrases floating around Preston, we’d love to hear what you use every day! Think we’ve missed any important Lancashire phrases? let us know!
We’re really excited to be opening The Harris Hotel in the near future, celebrating Lancashire life and working to help everyone who visits the city appreciate all that Preston has to offer. We hope all our guests who enter our doors will love the city as much as we do and, who knows, maybe we’ll have you speaking all the most important Lancashire phrases before you leave!