A Dummies Guide To Welsh Slang Ahead Of Ireland Vs Wales Today

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Today, Ireland take on Wales, and the whole nation holds their breath to see if we can stay on track for the Grand Slam. With a ton of our supporters over in Cardiff for the match, we've put together a handy vocabulary guide of Welsh slang for anyone looking to blend in with the locals. Shouts to Laura Jane Jones for giving us the insider info...

  • If you have too many pints at the match and you end up hammered, say "I was absolutely steaming" or "I'm blotto"
  • The Welsh don't go out on the piss like the Irish, instead they go out on the lash
  • Asking someone 'Will you shift my friend?' will fall on very confused ears in Wales, and score is just the result of a match: 'necking on' is the term that you want
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  • As before, you don't get the ride in Cardiff, you shag someone, so make sure you avoid saying ride - we don't want to cause any confusion.
  • If you're looking for someone to cuddle, or someone to be your big spoon ask them if they want to cwtch (pronounced kutch). It literally means 'safe place' like a cubbyhole, but can be used to suggest snuggles too.
  • In terms of describing someone as hot or an absolute babe, the word you're looking for in Wales is 'lush'. It can be used for everything from a plate of food, to a dog, to the love of your life, to a shade of lipstick. Use it liberally.
  • If you want to describe someone that you don't find attractive, and you're feeling a bit mean substitute the word ugly with 'buzzin' or 'bumpin'. Just refrain from saying 'I was buzzin last night!' until you touch back down on Irish soil.


  • So your friend rings you with amazing plans for the evening, and instead of saying awesome you respond positively with 'bangin' or 'tidy'.


  • In Ireland we go on the sesh with our friends or our mates, but in Wales you go one a mad one with your butts... Yep, one friend? Butt. Multiple friends? Butts. You couldn't make this shit up....
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  • The word mingin crept into our vocabulary sometime towards the end of the 90s, but the Welsh are still using it and they pronounce every single letter: ming-ING. Say it loudly, and with great disdain.
  • If something's completely ridiculous or mental say 'that's clean off!', the jaws of all locals in the vicinity will drop at how savvy you are with Welsh slang.
  • If you're sitting beside an absolute dope during the match, instead of calling the stupid say the're twp (pronounced tup) - just don't blame us if you end up in a fight!
  • We're hoping that the Welsh will be absolutely ragin' at the final score today, but they'd describe that as 'tampin'. Fingers crossed, anyhow!
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Come on Ireland - make us proud today, lads!

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Fíodhna Horan Murphy

Fíodhna is deputy editor of Lovin Dublin and the Lovin Group. She's mad into music, gigs, cans by the canal and anything leopard print.

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