The Beauty of Manc Slang

The beautiful thing about the way we talk is that we are all common as muck, and we actually embrace it. There's not a single word we would contemplate saying, and we suppose that's why we speak our minds. 'You'll never find a dishonest Manc, cock' That's what my nanna used to say when attempting to explain why the times have changed. How she could leave the door open and wander in and out of the neighbour's houses, and no one would ever steal a thing. 'It's bobbins nowadays' she'd follow up with, and despite being a seamstress in her earlier years, this has nothing to do with sewing.

In this blog, we've decided to put together a collection of our favourite Mancisms. Some of that famous slang from the dirty northern city. How many of these have you used?

  1. Gagging or Gasping - If we say either of these two belters, we are severely in need of something. You can be gagging for a glass of water after getting off from the old bill. Or you can be gasping for a brew. The most common uses are. 'I'm gagging for a pint' or 'lend us a fag Maxine I'm gasping'. Which means you're making the drinks because I'm knackered.
  2. Mither - To be bothered by someone else who is being overly annoying. Or to not be bothered with doing something yourself. You can say, 'will you stop chewing ear and mithering me' or you can go with, 'I can't be mithered.' Both Manc at its finest. The most common use would be from a young mother to her infant, 'Chardonnay will you stop mithering me'. Which also means, although you haven't spoken in hours, I can't be bothered with you now either.
  3. Our Kid - A term of endearment that is usually reserved only for your siblings. You would imagine it's used only for brothers, but it isn't your sister shall also be 'our kid' when needed. Most commonly you will hear 'I can't come out tonight, I'm looking after our kid'. Which also means, I can't be bothered coming out so I will use my sibling as an excuse.
  4. Snide - Can mean both fake goods, or when you're not very nice to someone. Most of the time, the term snide will be used when you've been a little bit petty but not overly horrible. Most commonly, 'You were well snide to Jenna before.' or 'Those trainers are deffo snide.' Which also means your trainers, even if they are legitimate are sh*t.
  5. Scran - Is simply food, usually a lot of it. Like an amount, you wouldn't normally eat unless wanting to use the definition scran. You'll hear, 'I need a massive scran' which means if there is an all you can eat buffet open, let's go there.
  6. Mint - Exceptionally good. Not to be confused with everyone's favourite flavour of chewing gum, because absolutely nobody should like Hubba Bubba, unless you are under the age of 10. You will hear, 'Oh my god, that is absolutely mint." Which translates to, I didn't believe anything could ever be that good.
  7. Angin' - Absolutely disgusting, vile, repulsive. Normally 'angin' is reserved for something which really petrifies the senses. For example, 'Wow, who has made that smell, that's absolutely angin.' Which to non-mancs means, I can't believe someone has passed wind that smells like roadkill.
  8. Buzzin - Overcome with excitement, the level of which only comes around once in a blue moon. All Mancs love the term buzzin even more, since finding out that the bees on the dustbins actually represent the city's worker bee emblem. You'll hear, 'I'm buzzin about going out on Friday.' Which literally means, I'm so excited about going out on Friday because I can forget about my job and end up so drunk I get the uber driver to stop at Kebabish.
  9. Chufty Badge - An invisible award for doing something which everyone else deems as insignificant. This is one of Manchester's absolute go-to sayings, and we love it. You'll likely hear, 'Oh, well done, do you want a chufty Badge?' Which literally translates to, 'Oh you've managed to do something even a toddler can do, shall we all give you a round of applause and celebrate?'
  10. Dinner - Finally and rather controversially. Dinner is the midday meal, not lunch, brunch or whatever other ridiculous names you may call it; It's dinner. You'll hear 'I'm going to my nannas for Sunday dinner' Which means, I am going to see my grandmother because she makes a legendary Sunday dinner, but talks about nonsense like how things used to be safer back in her day. Which literally led to writing this blog.