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8 words and phrases that just sound better in a Waterford accent

“Well boy.”

ALBERT SQUARE IS coming to Waterford, everyone.

Well, kind of.

It has been revealed that a spin-off series entitled Redwater, featuring Kat and Alfie Moon, will be shot in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.

Filming on the project is due to begin later this month and in advance of their arrival, we thought we’d get them up to speed on some of the local lingo.

1. Waterford

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The correct and most authentic pronunciation of Waterford is “Waaaherford”. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.

2. Blaa

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I mean, just watch this video.

 3. Bibe

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4. Boy

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Or, more accurately, “boi”.


5. No bother

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There’s nothing more reassuring than a Waterfordian saying, “No bodder!” It means you’re in safe hands.

6. Cat malojan

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If a Waterfordian is describing things as “cat malojan,” you know things are truly DIRE. So evocative, so powerful.

7. Shellakybooky

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In other counties, this might sound like utter gobbledygook, but in Waterford it’s a magical word meaning “snail” said by adults and children alike.

Look! A shellakybooky.


8. Well


In other counties, the word “well” is usually followed by not-so-good news. “Well, it looks like we’re not going on holidays this year…”

In Waterford, however, it’s a friendly greeting, a reminder that you’re home. 

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