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26 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In Manchester

“All right our kid.”

1. “Dead.”

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What it usually means: No longer alive.
What it means in Manchester: Extremely, e.g., “I was dead chuffed with my exam results.”

2. “Hanging.”

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What is usually means: To be suspended from something.
What it means in Manchester: Disgusting, e.g., “That chip butty looks ‘angin.”

3. “Sound.”

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What it usually means: Vibrations that travel through the air, noise.
What it means in Manchester: Good/decent.

4. “Cock.”

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What it usually means: Cockerel/rooster/male appendage.
What it means in Manchester: Term of affection.

5. “Buzzing.”

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What it usually means: A low, continuous humming sound; the noise a bee makes.
What it means in Manchester: Happy/excited.

6. “Dinner.”

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What it usually means: A meal you eat in the evening.
What it means in Manchester: Lunch.

7. “Tea.”

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What it usually means: Hot drink brewed from tea leaves.
What it means in Manchester: Evening meal.

8. “Supper.”

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What it usually means: Evening meal, if you went to private school or think you’re a bit posh.
What it means in Manchester: A piece of toast you eat before bed. Maybe some cheese and crackers if you’ve got some left over from Christmas.

9. “Brew.”

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What it usually means: Beer, or the method you use to make it.
What it means in Manchester: A cup of tea.

10. “Our kid.”

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What it usually means: Your child.
What it means in Manchester: A sibling or close friend.

11. “Bobbins.”

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What it usually means: A cylinder that holds thread or yarn, used in sewing machines.
What it means in Manchester: Rubbish.

12. “Well.”

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What it usually means: Good or satisfactory, or a structure created by digging to access water.
What it means in Manchester: Extremely. Typically used with “bad”, e.g., “Those trainers are well bad.”

13. “Proper.”

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What it usually means: Something that’s suitable or appropriate, e.g., “The proper tools for the job.”
What it means in Manchester: An intensifier, e.g., “It’s proper chucking it down out there.”

14. “Rain.”

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What it usually means: Moisture condensed from the atmosphere that falls visibly in separate drops.
What it means in Manchester: What falls on you every time you step outside.

15. “Drizzle.”

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What it usually means: Light rain.
What it means in Manchester: If you put your umbrella up in this you’ll be laughed at.

16. “Spitting.”

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What it usually means: Ejecting saliva or water forcibly from your mouth.
What it means in Manchester: That fine rain that soaks you through.

17. “Monsoon.”

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What it usually means: A seasonal reversing wind accompanied by heavy rain.
What it means in Manchester: The city is literally under 6 feet of water.

18. “Clear skies.”

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What it usually means: A blue, cloudless sky.
What it means in Manchester: A mythical state of weather that you’ve heard about but only ever seen abroad.

19. “Pop.”

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What it usually means: Popular music.
What it means in Manchester: Fizzy drink.

20. “Toffees.”

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What it usually means: Chewy sweets made my boiling sugar and butter together.
What it means in Manchester: Any kind of sweet.

21. “Mint.”

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What it usually means: An aromatic herb used to flavour food and drinks, or a peppermint flavoured sweet.
What it means in Manchester: Good, e.g., “That New Order gig at Jodrell Bank was proper mint.”

22. “Pure.”

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What it usually means: Not mixed with any other substance, unadulterated.
What it means in Manchester: Lots or very, e.g., “There were pure people in 5th Ave on Friday.”

23. “Us.”

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What it usually means: Used by a speaker to refer to themselves and one or more other people.
What it means in Manchester: Me, e.g., “Make us a brew will you?”

24. “Lamp.”

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What it usually means: A light-giving device.
What it means in Manchester: To hit someone.

25. “United.”

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What it usually means: Joined together for a common purpose.
What it means in Manchester: The football team that divides the city’s population.

26. “City.”

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What it usually means: A large town.
What it means in Manchester: The other football team that divides the city’s population.

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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