Mancunian

Mancunian, the Oasis’s accent

Manchester is famous for having its own distinct dialect. Just taking a quick walk through the city on your lunch will expose your ears to a whole new world of words and sounds. Some might make sense – some might not!

The most traditional ‘Mancunian’ accent is perceived to be the one spoken in the central boroughs of Manchester and Salford. Speakers from those areas are said to have a ‘Manc twang’, embodied by the region’s musical icons, such as the Gallagher brothers, the Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses.

This accent is often perceived by local people to sound stereotypical  – and, in some cases, put-on and false – but it is not perceived to be quite as broad as the accents spoken in outlying boroughs such as Bolton and Rochdale.

If you’ve ever been a little confused when hearing certain words, phrases or pronunciations in Manchester, here is our quick guide to understanding the Manchester dialect.

Our kid

Pronounced “are kid” this phrase is used to refer to a sibling or close friend who is not necessarily a child.

Example: “Our kid is coming round to mine tonight.”

 Mint

When someone in Manchester says “mint” they are not usually referring to the flavour or the refreshing breath mint. In Manchester, “mint” is a general positive term.

Example: “I went to a festival last weekend and it was mint.”

Top

Not be confused with someone referring to the location of something, in Manchester “top” is another word for expressing positivity about something.

Example: “Have you see the new Captain America film? It’s top!”

‘Angin’

Pronounced like “hanging” only with the h and g missing, this word is pretty much the opposite of mint. It’s used to describe things that are really not good.

Example: “That burger I had last night was ‘angin’.”

Scran

In Manchester, this simply means food.

Example: “Let’s get some scran before the film starts.”

Mither

This is a verb which is used in the place of “bother” or “annoy.”

Example: “Stop mithering me, I’ll be ready soon” or “I can’t be mithered.”

Chuddy

The Manchester way of saying chewing gum.

Example: “Can I have a chuddy please?”

Well good/Dead good

Using either the word “well” or “dead” before the adjective “good” is to show that something is great. In effect, these words are used in place of the world “very.”

Example: “Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was well good.”

Nowt

This funny little word literally means “nothing.”

Example: “Shall we get a takeaway? We’ve got nowt in.”

Owt

Literally the opposite of “nowt” this word means “anything.”

Example: “Is there owt good on the television tonight?”

Swear down

This small phrase is used by Mancunians to express the fact that they are telling the complete truth.

Example: “I swear down I didn’t eat your last banana.”

Here is a video with some of Mancunian’s most notable words, phrases and sayings. However, it does not accurately represent the entire population.

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