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10 words that just sound better in a Cork accent

Well, boi.

THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC of Cork is home to one of our nation’s finest and best loved accents.

Now, with a strong Cork lilt nearly every word sounds great – but these take things to the next level:

1. Mint

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As in “that’s mint.” And the best way you can say that something is cool or great.

2. Hanging

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Usually prefaced by “I am absoloootly…” it’s never said better than in the Rebel County.

3. Langer

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Serving two purposes of course. A person can be a langer and you can go out and get langers. Both are completely reasonable and sound best from a Corkonian.

4. Beour

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A way to say someone is fairly good looking – Cork people have perfected the pronunciation of beour down the years.

5. Massive

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Meaning lovely/great – and a better way of saying it too.

6. Bazzar

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Getting the hair cut. You’ll hear it better nowhere else.

7. Rake

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“An absolute raaake of” anything is a unit of measurement.

8. Dollop

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The rise and fall of dollop sounds best in a Cork accent – and everyone knows how much a dollop is. It’s also a very scientific measurement.

9. Bluffer

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Said with the quintessential cynicism that only a Cork accent can give it.

10. Clown

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“You’re some clown” can be heard on a regular basis from many a Corkonian. The beautiful cadence of cll-oow-nnn makes it the definitive version in all of Ireland.

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David Elkin

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