In Wales, we have our own dictionary of words that might be second nature to us but meaningless to the rest of the world. From ‘butt’ to ‘tamping’, from ‘daps’ to ‘dwtty’ – we have an array of words that are important to us and the way we speak.
Here’s our guide to the most commonly used English words and phrases you only hear in Wales.
1. Alright or wha?
Meaning: Very, very nice
Meaning: Sport footwear
4. I’m not being funny
Meaning: I am about to say something serious
5. Now after
Meaning: In the future (see also: after now)
Meaning: Soft drink
8. Where to?
9. By there
Meaning: There (see also ‘by here’)
Meaning: Nasty or unpleasant
Meaning: Especially unpleasant (nothing to do with bees)
12. Under the doctor
Meaning: Ear, here or year
14. Tidy darts
15. What it is
Meaning: This is the situation (pronounced ‘worrirriz’)
16. Half and half
Meaning: One part chips, one part rice
17. I’m only saying
Meaning: I was just pointing something out
Meaning: Of low quality
20. Now in a minute
Meaning: Bread roll
Meaning: Skipping school
Meaning: Granddad (also bamps, bampa)
Meaning: A small person (also ‘dwtty’)
Meaning: Having a good chat (also ‘moiderer’ – someone who won’t stop talking)
Meaning: A friend (also ‘butty’)
27. Where you to?
Meaning: Where are you?
28. Cheers, drive.
Meaning: Bus driver, thank you.