20 mad Wexford slang phrases that only make sense to locals

If you have been to Wexford, then you have probably heard some of these Wexford slang phrases that you just don’t get anywhere else.

Wexford slang phrases are hilarious. Every town and county in Ireland has its own accent, its own slang, and its own way in which the locals interact with each other; Wexford is no exception. Wexford, in Ireland’s sunny south-east, is a county with a lot of culture and history and it is often a popular tourist destination in Ireland during the summer.

If you have ever been to Wexford, then I am sure that you have heard some of their unique Wexford slang phrases and had no clue what they were actually saying.

Here is a list of 20 mad Wexford slang phrases that only make sense to the locals so that the next time you are down in the sunny south-east, you won’t have to keep repeatedly saying “what?” because you have no clue what they are saying.

20. “Taken”

In Wexford, they use the word taken similarly to how Dubs would use the word “Scarlet”. If you are taken, it means that you are very embarrassed. An example might be “I was quare taken last night when I fell over in the nightclub.”

19. “Quare”

In Wexford, the word “quare” is often used instead of the word “very”. An example might be “Jesus, it’s quare cold out there today, isn’t it” or “I’d quare love a mug o’ tae”.

18. “Lort”

“Lort” is the Wexford pronunciation of the word “Lord”. “Lord” is often a more simple and short way of saying “you must be joking” or a reaction of surprise. An example might be “Ah lort, you must be joking.”

17. “Deadly”

Contrary to what you might assume, in Wexford, the word “deadly” actually means good. For example “Ryan played deadly in the senior match last night” or “That disco was deadly”.

16. “Some”

In Wexford, the word “some” is used almost identical to the word “quare”, and it is another way of saying “very”. An example, “He’s some bad fool that lad”.

15. “Alright Sahn”

“Alright Sahn” is the Wexford interpretation of “alright son”. It is often a way of greeting between two lads.

14. “Bad Fool”

In Wexford, calling someone a “bad fool” is just an extension of calling them a regular fool or a bit of an idiot. It is usually said in a light-hearted way when one of your mates has done something silly. For example, “haha you bad fool ya”.

13. “Hopped off”

“Hopped off” is one of the expressions that doesn’t really have a definitive meaning. Some examples of the use of “hopped off” would be, “the minors got hopped off last night” or “I hopped off me dinner after I got home from the minor match”.

12. “Smell of rage off ya”

Smell the rage off ya is one of the top Wexford slang phrases.

“The smell of rage off ya” is an expression used in Wexford which means that you look as if you are very annoyed or angry. The person often says this to try and make you even more annoyed or angry.

11. “Hun”

“Hun” is generally a term of endearment used for a female. It can sometimes be used sarcastically, but most of the time it is used in a pleasant and friendly way. For example, “Well hun, how are ya getting on”.

Hun is a term of endearment and another of the top Wexford slang phrases.

10. “Your wan”

In Wexford, when talking about a female whose name you don’t know, they will refer to her as “your wan” which means “your one”. Example, “your wan from down the road”.

9. “Lethal”

Another of the Wexford slang phrases  you need to know is lethal.

Similar to “deadly”, in Wexford “lethal” is actually a good thing. For example, “that Chinese we had last night was lethal”.

8. “In the bits”

In Wexford, if you are “in the bits”, it means that you or something is in a bad way. Potentially either sick or just broken, for example, “I was in the bits after that kebab last night”.

7. “On the hop”

If you're on the hop, you're skipping school, one of the top Wexford slang phrases .

Going “on the hop” means that you are skipping school and not going to class without permission.

6. “Caught playing offside”

If someone is “caught playing offside” it means that they have been found out to be cheating on their partner.

5. “Going to sit on the throne”

Going to sit on the throne is another of the top Wexford slang phrases .

In Wexford, if someone tells you they’re going to sit on the throne, it means that they are going to the toilet to take care of business.

4. “The no fear gang”

The “no fear gang” are people in Wexford who drive around with no tax, insurance, or NCT on their car. Probably don’t even have a licence truth be told.

3. “The head on ya”

The head on ya is one of our top Wexford slang phrases.

If someone in Wexford says “the head on ya” to you, it is probably not a compliment. It generally means that you look either unwell, probably after a night of drinking, or you are frowning or sulking.

2. “Like”

In Wexford, people often throw the word “like” on to the end of a sentence for no apparent reason. It doesn’t really change the contents of the sentence or have any purpose. An example is “I had some good curry there last night, like”.

1. “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.

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Ryan McCarthy is a writer and content creator from Laois. He loves exploring new places and documenting his journey. As much as he gets excited about travelling to new places, he gets equally as excited when he thinks about coming home to Ireland and exploring more of this beautiful country. He is most likely found behind a laptop, in the gym, or watching football.