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Catch yourself on: Channel 4 issues 'local lingo' guide ahead of Derry Girls premiere - how many do you know?

Derry Girls airs on Channel 4 on Thursday January 4. (Channel 4)
Derry Girls airs on Channel 4 on Thursday January 4. (Channel 4)

By Jackie Bell

Channel 4's new comedy Derry Girls premieres on Thursday January 4 and to prepare audiences for the local lingo, the broadcaster has issued a 'Derry glossary'.

The six-part series is written by Lisa McGee and focuses on her own stories of growing up in the Northern Ireland city in the early 1990s.

Starring Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan, as well as Saoirse Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, the programme is set against the backdrop of The Troubles.

It focuses on a girl called Erin, played by Jackson, and her friends who are used to seeing their country on the nightly news.

It’s a time of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points, but it’s also the time of Murder She Wrote, The Cranberries, MJ and Lisa Marie, Doc Martens, bomber jackets, The X Files, Nirvana and Wayne’s World.

Ahead of the series kicking off on January 4, Channel 4 have issued a handy "Derry Girls glossary" for viewers who may not be familiar with the vernacular from that part of the world.

How many do you know?

Bars: Gossip / scandal

Boke: Vomit

Brit: A member of the British armed forces

Broke: Embarrassed

Broke to the bone: Hugely embarrassed

Buzzing: Very happy

Catch yourself on: “Don’t be so ridiculous”

Cack attack: A state of extreme nervousness “I’m having a complete Cack attack”

Chicken ball special: A local delicacy

Class: Brilliant

Craic: Fun, but also news e.g. “Tell us your craic?”

Cracker: Beyond brilliant

Critter: Someone who evokes sympathy e.g. “You poor Critter”

Dose: An unbearable human being

Eejit: Idiot

Hi: A sound placed at the end of almost any sentence for no particularly reason e.g. “No problem hi”

Gone: Please

Head melter: Someone who causes you mental distress

Lurred: Absolutely delighted

Mind: “Do you remember?”

Mouth: Someone prone to exaggeration

Mucker: Friend

No Bother: “That’s no trouble whatsoever”

Raging: Annoyed/angry

Ride (n): A very attractive person

Ride (v): To have sex

Ripping: Extremely annoyed / angry

Saunter: “Be on your way”

Sh**e the tights: Someone of a nervous disposition

Slabber: A show off

So it is/so I am: A phrase used for emphasis e.g. “I’m delighted, so I am”

Start: To provoke e.g. “Don’t start me”

Stall the ball: “Stop what you’re doing immediately”

Tayto cheese and onion sandwich: A local delicacy

Wain: A child or young person

Watch yourself: Take care

Wile: Very or Terrible

Wise up: “Don’t be so stupid and/or immature”

Yes: Hello

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