10 BAFFLING Wexford Slang Phrases Explained to English Speakers

10 Slang phrases which make no logical sense except to those born and bred in the Model County, also known as Wexford.

Wexford is a unique place known for its beautiful beaches, tasty strawberries and reliable summer weather and like most places in Ireland, the people there have their special way of talking. If you’ve been lucky enough to grow up in Wexford this should come naturally but what if you’ve recently moved to Wexford, your new college roommate hails from the Model County or your planning a visit, and you need to understand the locals?

No need to worry because we’ve put together this quick list of phrases that we guarantee you won’t find in any dictionary. These phrases explained will give you a helping hand when you come in contact with a wild Wexican who strikes a conversation with you. Before that, however, there is one thing you need to know, people from Wexford do not pronounce their that’s so try a bit of ‘der’, ‘dat’, ‘dese’ and ‘dose’ and you’ll be off to a great start.

Please be warned, some of the phrases on this list may also be used in other counties, let the turf war commence!

10. Quare

Although there has been some dispute over this commonly used and much loved Wexford Phrase, there is no doubt that you need to know what it means to survive any conversation with someone from Wexford.

The word ‘quare’ is used in a sentence to replace the word ‘very’. Examples include. ‘it’s quare warm today’ and ‘your wan is quare good looking’.

9. Hun

Prepare to be called ‘hun’ in the queue for the toilet on a night out or while paying for your shopping in Tesco by a complete stranger making you feel like they’ve known you their whole life. Examples include, ‘how are ya hun?’ or ‘ok next hun’.

Most people believe that this is simply short for ‘honey’ or ‘hunny’ and is a common greeting, but others claim that the word actually originates from Wexford’s Viking past.

8. Some

This one can be quite confusing when you hear it first and is completely illogical really. Much like ‘quare’, it is used in the place of ‘very’ in sentences to add emphasis.

It can be used interchangeably with ‘quare’ and examples include ‘that was some good feed’ and ‘that was some exciting match’. This Wexford slang is some confusing, isn’t it?

7. Smell of Rage

While you and I might look at someone who says this with a confused look on our faces as we know that rage could not possibly have a smell, someone from Wexford says it with perfect confidence when they are very (or should I say quare) annoyed with something.

If your friend seemed very annoyed about missing the bus or getting a flat tyre, you might say ‘the smell of rage off you’.

6. Your Wan

This is the Wexford slang way of saying ‘Your one’, a phrase which is usually used to describe a female or just someone you don’t know. Usually, a female whose name you cant remember, or cant be bothered to remember.

5. Lort

This is just the special Wexford pronunciation of the word ‘Lord’ which is used in Wexford to convey surprise or shock at something. Simply phrased ‘Lort!’

4. Dogger

This is used to describe the ends of a cigarette, usually about the last third of the cigarette. If someone claims the ends or the Dogger of your cigarette you are required to give it to them unless it is your last one.

3. Lethal

This is an Irish slang word which is also commonly used by Wexford people to describe something they think is absolutely deadly or pure class. For example, ‘that bag of chips was lethal’ or ‘last night was lethal lads’.
So don’t worry if you’re described as lethal, no one is afraid of you, the opposite in fact!

2. Sahn

The word ‘son’ is often used when people, especially from Wexford Town, greet each other. Why simply pronounce it as ‘son’ when your Wexford accent could make it even more interesting by saying ‘Sahn’?

Feel free to add as many a’s as you would like, for example, ‘Alright saaaahn?’, ‘How are you saaahn?’.

The most baffling thing of all is that Wexford people will actually pronounce son normally when using it for its actual meaning.

1. Rissole

If you walk into a chippers anywhere else in the country and order a rissole they’ll have no idea what you’re talking about, but in Wexford you’ll be in for a treat.

The rissole is a combination of old chips, herbs and spices, breadcrumbs and old cooking oil all mashed up together, battered and fried. We are here for this Wexford special. Yum!

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