Happy St David's Day - Funny Welsh Sayings, phrases and words!

March 01, 2018

Happy St David's Day - Funny Welsh Sayings, phrases and words!

The Welsh are a very friendly, proud and patriotic nation (especially when watching rugby), but in addition to those wonderful qualities, and our own language, we also have an array of sayings which although common place to us, would probably confuse almost every body else on the planet!! So in celebration of St David's Day, I've put together a selection of my favourites!
  1. It’s nobbling out - It’s really, really cold outside (rather apt at the moment as ‘Storm Emma’ is upon us)
  2. I’ll be there now in a minute – I’ll be there soon, can’t tell you exactly how long I’ll be there, could be 5 minutes, could be an hour
  3. Stop chopsing – stop being cheeky
  4. That’s buzzing – that’s really horrible
  5. I’m only saying – I don’t mean to cause offense I’m just sharing my opinion
  6. I’m tamping – I am furious
  7. Cheers Drive – Thank you for driving me to my destination (usually said to a taxi / coach driver)
  8. Tidy – All good thanks
  9. Never – an expression of disbelief in response to information
  10. Heaving – Used to describe a crowded place e.g. the pub was heaving
  11. Ych a fi – an expression of disgust
  12. Hanging – used to describe feeling unwell / terrible (usually following a night of drinking alcohol)
  13. There’s lovely – that’s nice
  14. Not being funny – used before the expression of an opinion or observation (intended to reduce any potential offense that may be caused)
  15. Half and half – used in a takeaway / restaurant setting, where the accompaniment to a meal is either chips or rice e.g. curry. Half and half is a request for a half size portion of each.
  16. Dwt / Dwtty – meaning little / very small
  17. Sorted – all done, completed.
  18. Fair do’s – in all fairness, conveys a positive sentiment ‘fair do’s, he tried his best’
  19. Cwtch – a cuddle
  20. We answer a question before we ask it – e.g. You drive a red car, don’t you?

 

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