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11 words that just sound better in a Wexford accent

Quare lethal son.


Where the slang words just sound so good:

1. Quare

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The quintessential Wexford slang word. Other counties may lay claim to it, but they’re just pretenders to the quare throne.

2. Hun

gordon Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Before it was taken on by the rest of the country to mean something else, hun was the classic Wexford way to end a sentence. And it remains so.

3. Bagel

2/8/2013. Ivan Yates at Newstalk Radio Stations Source: samboal/

Not the bread.

4. Taken

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Another way of saying embarrassed.

5. Slift

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As in, gis-a-lift. Merge those words.

6. Swept

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Interchanged with taken.

7. Quaren

quare Source: Imgur

When quare gets merged with and to form the most Wexford word ever.

8. Skeet

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9. Son

chris-de-burgh Source: MTV


10. Lethal

Prince of Asturias Award 2014 Source: AP/Press Association Images

Sounds more like Lidl. And all the better for it.

11. Comfortablist

rtemurphy Source: RTÉ

The peak of comfort.

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