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12 words and phrases that have a totally different meaning in the Midlands

Did you get anything off her?

AH THE MIDLANDS.

Home to Joe Dolan, Electric Picnic and a load of peat.

It’s also home to some distinctive words and phrases which might leave non-Midlands folk scratching their heads…

Snobby weather (‘wedder’) today

Rain is falling cham-a-cham Source: KittyKaht

What it usually means: The weather isn’t great today/the weather isn’t being kind too us today

What it means in the Midlands: I know you saw me waving at you on the street, are you ignoring me?

Hearse

1974 Cadillac Miller Meteor Landau Hearse Source: That Hartford Guy

What it usually means: A vehicle for transporting a coffin

What it means in the Midlands: A horse

Did you get anything off her?

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What it usually means: Did you get anything off her?

What it means in the Midlands: Did you get anything sexual (the wear etc) off her?

Beure/Beour

Butter Source: Charles Haynes

What is usually means: A misspelling of the French word for butter

What it means in the Midlands: An attractive girl; someone’s attractive girlfriend

Codology

shutterstock_164790890 Source: Shutterstock.com

What it usually means: A layman’s term for the study of a species of fish

What it means in the Midlands: Nonsense talk, interchangeable with ‘bolloxology’

Gowl

shout! Source: suneko

What it usually means: A Middle English terms for a loud cry or yell

What it means in the Midlands: A vagina

Juice Money

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What it usually means: Money for juice

What it means in the Midlands: Money for petrol

Feek

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What it usually means: To walk about in perplexity

What it means in the Midlands: A ride of a person. Can also mean sexual intercourse

Desperate

shutterstock_110537033 Source: Shutterstock.com

What it usually means: A feeling of hopelessness or great need

What it means in the Midlands: Awful, e.g. “she’s in desperate humour; that’s desperate traffic”

Mull

Mulled Wine Source: rpavich

What it usually means: To think deeply about something; to prepare a festive drink; a rounded hill

What it means in the Midlands: A woman

Do be

ShooBeDooBeDooWop-CD Source: Acerecords

What it usually means: A popular music phrasing, often used in the Doo Wop style

What it means in the Midlands:  I am, e.g. “I do be awful sad when Love/Hate is over

Moby

Global Green USA Oscar Week Party - Los Angeles Source: AP/Press Association Images

What it usually means: Bald musician and producer, noted vegan

What it means in the Midlands: To get sick, usually after a feed of pints

Thanks to Richard Toner, Mary Kate Murphy, Deirdre Ball, Sinéad Whelan, Emma Toner and Louise Keegan for their Midlands expertise 

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