From Anfield to Birkenhead and Bootle, Scouse phrases can be a bit confusing to say the least. When you visit the city you may find some of our lingo a big difficult to decipher, however don’t fret! We have created a list of Scouse sayings that you can learn so you’re fluent in the local Merseyside dialect.
The Scouse dialect, also known as Merseyside English, has a large number of unusual words and phrases however we will break you in gently, we will give you 10 to start off with so that you don’t have to remember too much to begin with. 👍
We’ll kick things off with “boss” as whenever anyone hears a Scouse they more often that not go, “it’s boss that”, implying they know our localised method of communication. Which is awesome, cause they’re on the right track. We will dig a bit deeper so you’re more prepared for your holidays to The Pool of Life!
10 Scouse Sayings
Boss – Great.
Made up – Happy/ pleased.
Giz – Give.
Scran – Food.
Kecks – Trousers.
Baltic – Freezing cold.
G’wed – Go ahead.
Offie – Off License/ local shop.
Come ‘ed – Come on.
Ozzy – Hospital
If you want to hear the Scouse accent in action, you can hear it by listening to a woman from Birkenhead talk about the industrial dispute during 1995. You can listen on the British Library, it’s about five minutes long so you can get a good feel for the sound and style of our accent.
So when you’re next in Merseyside, remember these 10 crucial sayings and you should be good to explore our magical city!
As a Scouser I can even acknowledge that some of our words make absolutely no sense however that’s how we roll kidda! (Another Scouse saying however we’ll cover that next time.) 😋