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(Cartel to English)





In light of the countless "Huh?" e-mails we've recieved regarding Cartel slang, we've decided to present you with this: The Cartel/English dictionary. Well, given the fact that the lads come from three different Cities (Dublin and Cork, in Ireland, and Calgary in Canada), you should've known the Cartel guys would have a slang vocabulary that puts all that 'zig-a-zig-ah' rubbish to shame! It certainly confused us! Have a look below, and see if you would've known what they were on about...


A


Are ya right?
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Are you ready?


Aul' Doll
Pronounced: Owl Doll
Used in: Cork
Meaning: Girlfriend


Auld Fella / Auld One
Pronounced: Owl F'la / Owl One
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Father / Mother


B


Back-arse of nowhere
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Middle of nowhere


Bangs
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Calgary
Meaning: Fringe / Loose-hanging hair


Beat down
Pronounced: Bet down
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Very unattractive


Beaten with the ugly stick
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Very unattractive


Beater
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Calgary
Meaning: Tank Top / Vest


Bird
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Girl / Girlfriend


Bloody / Bleedin'
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Context: Used for emphasis only
(e.g. "She's bleedin' gorgeous!")


Bobbydinger
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Cartel
Meaning: A word introduced by Bryan.
Only the band know its' meaning.


Bogger
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Someone from the countryside
(often: someone from outside Dublin)


C


Class
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Very good / Great
(e.g. "That was a class night!")


Craic
Pronounced: Crack
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Irish word for fun, or a good time


Culchie
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Someone from the country
(often: someone from outside Dublin)


D


Dead
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Very
(e.g. "I'm dead tired!")


Deadly
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Really good


Doin' me head in!!!
Pronounced: Doin' me head in!
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Really annoying me


E


Eejit
Pronounced: E-jit
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Fool


Eh?
Pronounced: As written, with up-tone at end
Used in: Calgary
Meaning: Asks for approval at end of sentence
(e.g. "This is a great song, eh?")


F


Fair play to you
Pronounced: Fair play t'ya
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Well done / Congratulations


Fla
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Cork
Meaning: To, ahem, "have relations" with


Frickin' / Freakin'
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Calgary
Context: Used for emphasis only
(e.g. "It's frickin' cold out here!")


G


Gaff
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: House / Home
(Free gaff = Parent-free house)


Gaggin' for it!
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Desperate


Gary
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Cartel
Meaning: Guy who goes for younger girls


Git
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Fool


Give it loads
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Put a lot of effort in


H


Heads
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Cartel
Meaning: Fans


Head-the-ball
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Title for mutually known individual
(e.g. "Did you talk to head-the-ball yet")


Head-wrecking
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Irritating / Annoying
(Also: "That wrecks my head!")


Howaya
Pronounced: How-a-yi
Used in: Dublin and cork
Meaning: Hello


J


Jammy
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Lucky


K


Kip
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning 1: (noun) To sleep
Meaning 2: (verb) An undesirable place, A dump


Knackered
Pronounced: Nackered
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Tired


L


Leg it
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: To go
(e.g. "I have to leg it before midnight")


Langer
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Cork
Meaning: Undesirable, offensive name
(Literal meaning: Certain male organ)


M


Mad yoke
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Someone who'se a little crazy


Massive
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Great


Muppet
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Fool


P


Packer
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Calgary
Meaning: Undesirable, offensive name


R


Rapid
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Very good


Ride
(noun)
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Very good-looking person


S


Scarlet
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Embarrased


Scumbag
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Disgusting individual


Slag off
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: To make fun of


Sound
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Cool


Spa
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Fool


Spaz
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Calgary
Meaning: To go mad / get upset


State of...
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Undesirable State of...
(e.g. "Look at the state of her hair!")


Sweet
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Calgary
Meaning: Cool


T


Tell you straight
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Cork
Meaning: To be honest
(e.g. "I'll tell you straight, it went badly!")


They're nice lads
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Cartel
Meaning: Sarcastic way of saying a band are crap


Tick-Angley
Pronounced: As Written
Used in: Cartel
Meaning: Shabby or unprofessional


Tosser
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Undesirable, offensive name
(Literal Meaning: Self-pleasurer)


Two chances!
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Two chances of something happening... slim and none!
(e.g. "Quit the band? Two chances!)


TX shot
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Cartel
Meaning: Bad or shaky camera work


U


Up the pole
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Pregnant


W


Wang
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Calgary
Meaning: Same as 'Langer'


Wannabe-Ronan
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Cartel
Meaning: Boyband wannabe trying to dress/act/sing like Ronan Keating


What's the story?
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: How are you?


Wigger
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: White guy trying to act black


Y


Yoke
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Thing


Young One / Young Fella
Pronounced: Yung wun / Yungf'la
Used in: Dublin
Meaning: Girl / Boy


Your man / Your woman
Pronounced: Yer man / Yer woman
Used in: Dublin and Cork
Meaning: Individual you don't know the name of


Z


Zuffle
Pronounced: As written
Used in: Cartel
Meaning: Word introduced by Darragh
Meaning known only by band




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