15 phrases you’ll only hear in Manchester
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Southerners might be confused by our mithering and skriking in Manchester.

Baffled by our ginnels and scran, our dinner at lunchtime and our tea in the evening.

Well, they can just do one.

If you need a bit of help, we’ve picked 15 words and phrases you’re likely to hear in Manchester.

1. Our kid

Not to be confused with your child, this means your brother or sister in Manchester. Occasionally a close friend, but usually a sibling. Pronounce it “are kid”.

2. Mither

A verb meaning to make a fuss or moan about something. Also, “it’s no mither” = it’s no bother; “I cant be mithered” = I can’t be bothered.

3. Skriking

A rather onomatopoeic word Mancunians use meaning crying or screaming. “That baby won’t stop skriking”. From Old Norse, apparently, but it’s ours now.

4. Mad fer it

It means you like it. A lot. Non-Mancunians might be eager for a night on the town – we’re mad fer it. Used a lot by the Gallagher brothers.

5. Daft ‘apeth

A somewhat affectionate term for a foolish person. Muppet, perhaps. An abbreviation of ha’p’orth, itself an abbreviation of halfpennyworth.

6. Mint

An aromatic herb, a sweet with a hole, or the flavour of your toothpaste perhaps? Not in Manchester. Here, it means good. “That burger was proper mint”.

7. Make us a brew

That’s not a group of people asking you to perhaps prepare some ale or beer. That’s one person (“us” = “me”), asking you to make them a cup of tea. Stick the kettle on, will you?

8. Tea

Not a cup of tea, this time. That would be too easy. Tea refers to our evening meal in Manchester. Not to be confused with dinner.

9. Dinner

Not the meal you eat in the evening. In Manchester, “dinner” refers to lunch. Keep up, will you?

10. Hanging

Elsewhere that might mean suspended in the air from above, or a decorative piece of furnishing, or you might be referring to a form of capital punishment. In Manchester, angin’ means disgusting.

11. Ginnel

The walk way that runs between houses connecting streets together. You probably say “alley” if you’re not from Manchester.

12. Mi stomach thinks mi throat’s been cut

A Mancunian’s way of saying they’re extremely hungry.

13. Scran

Food. “Mi stomach thinks me throat’s been cut – let’s stop at the chippy and get some scran”.

14. Cadge a lift

To obtain a ride in someone’s car by begging or freeloading.

15. Do one

Go away. Get lost. Just do one, will you?

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