7 Things That Mean Something Totally Different In Cork

Cork slang is a tricky thing...


Cork is an amazing place, the people are great and the language there is just great…if you can understand Corkonians that is. However if you can’t understand us at times that’s ok because we use some slang words that are just, well, strange.

We use the normal Irish slang as well as every other part of the country, but Cork being Cork we had to throw in our own twist on some words so here’s a list of 7 Cork slang words and what they mean – just in case you ever hear them being used when you’re around.

1. Mint


No, we don’t mean we want a mint ice-cream and we’re not on about a place where money is made. Mint simply means good or great. Let’s use it in a sentence.

“Jesus lads, yer mans old doll is pure mint”. Translation: That mans girlfriend/wife/ladyfriend is goodlooking.

2. Jointed

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Again, not what you’re thinking. We don’t use it as in two things were joined together, and for those of you also thinking it – no this isn’t drug related either. Jointed simply means busy or packed. For example “the pub last night was jointed. I couldn’t drink my pint without getting bumped into by some young wan’ after a load of gat”. Which brings me to number 3.

3. Gat


Gat, which is commonly known as a gun, is not what it means in Cork. Even Mr. Z himself, or ‘Jay’ as I call him – because we’re best buds, used the term in his song ’99 problems’.

Gat in Cork simply means, drink. Or more specifically – alcohol. “coming for a few gats?” is a sentence widely used around Cork and is probably the most common text sent to every phone around the city and county on a Friday or Saturday night. And is commonly followed up with the following “jesus I had way too much gat last night, lad” the following morning.

4. Bop Off

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To be honest, I am not even sure what “bop” even means normally it has been engraned into me so much as a cork term for “looking like” that I can’t comprehend any other meaning. For example an old relative may say to you “ah sure jesus you’re the bop off your mother/father when they were your age”.

5. Feen


Lad/Friend/Male/Man. There is no real meaning to it and frankly I do not even know where this one came from. Some ‘feen’ was probably drunk someplace back in the old days, slurred his words and it has since stuck.

6. Flah


There are two ways this one can be used. Flah can mean sex, or flah can mean goodlucking. For example “did ya flah yerman last night?” or “did you just see the lad at the bar next to Mary? He’s a right flah”.

7. Bazzer


We just heard the noise off the hair razor and were like “bazzz” and then it stuck. This one makes us Cork folk sound like we’re very simple folk, and in a way we are. But we’re also a very proud people. So proud indeed one of the most popular barbers in town is called Bazzers – and they do indeed do some of the best bazzers around the city.

So what about where you’re from? Got any particular words/phrases that stand out and you’d hear nowhere else?

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