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11 words that just sound better in a Dublin accent


FOR PEOPLE NOT from Dublin living in the capital, the native accent can produce some impromptu poetry just by the locals speaking a regular sentence.

And there are some words that just take it to the next level. Observe:

1. Deadly

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The Dub accent conveys both enthusiasm and urgency in equal measure when using deadly. The stronger the accent, the better.

2. Bleedin’

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The g doesn’t just exist at the end. We could listen to it all day.

3. Batter

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You can hear the dulcet tones of Roddy Doyle’s The Van when “batter burger” is mentioned. Or any other form of batter.

4. Buzz

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Sounds best when preceded immediately by “deadly” and pronounced “boouozz”

5. Scarlet

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To describe the above.

Sass is implied when uttered by any Dub.

6. Here

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As in “ah heyyooor”.

7. Jar

U2 Innocence + Experience tour - London Source: David Jensen

8. Mouldy

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9. Melted

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Of the head variety.

10. Story

Camp Bestival 2014 - Dorset Source: David Jensen

Elongating the middle portion of story makes it into the go-to one word greeting that non-Dubs are only delighted to hear.

11. Bollix

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David Elkin

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