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Are you in Birmingham and literally have no idea what everyone is saying? Don’t worry; we’ve got your back. This guide to Brummie slang should help you out. Though some are seldom used of late, they still ring true with the locals. Tara-a-bit.
0121 – used to tell someone to get lost: “0121 do one”.
A face as long as Livery Street – a really sad face. Livery Street is ridiculously long.
Ackee – the playground game of tag.
Aggin’ – complaining or moaning.
Ain’t – it is not.
Ar – yes, or to agree with something.
Ark at that – listen to that!
Bab – an endearing term to a female.
Babby – a young child.
Back of Rackhams – often used as an insult, as the back of Rackhams was thought to be a red light area.
Black over Bill’s mother’s – black clouds are coming. Bill is William Shakespeare, which means the rain clouds are coming from Stratford-upon-Avon.
Bonce – a head.
Bost – it’s broken.
Buzz – the bus.
Cack-handed – a clumsy way of doing something.
Cob – a bread roll.
Council pop – tap water.
Deff off – to not do something.
Ee-yar – here you are.
Ent – it is not.
Entry – the alley between terraced houses.
Fizzy pop – a fizzy drink.
Gambol – a forward roll.
Garage – a petrol station.
Gully – an alleyway, or space round the back of houses.
Having a Benny – to throw a strop.
Island – a roundabout.
It’s raining in – rain is getting inside the house, close the window.
Leg it – run away.
Mither/Myther – pestering someone.
Mom – mother. NOT MUM.
Mooch – have a look around.
Munch – to hug/cuddle.
Nause – someone who makes a mess of something.
One bomb – to knock someone out with one punch.
Outdoor – the off licence.
Peaky blinder – a flat cap worn by the Birmingham gang in the 1900s.
Pop – squash; not to be confused with fizzy drinks.
Rezza – the reservoir, most likely Edgbaston.
Round the Wrekin – going the long way around (after the Wrekin Hills in Shropshire)
Tara-a-bit – see you later.
Tea – dinner, around 6/7pm.
The cut – the canal.
The Bull – a bronze statue outside the Bullring, and a general meeting place in town.
Tip top – a long fruit-flavoured ice lolly.
Tot – an alcoholic drink.
Town – Birmingham city centre.
Wag – skip school or miss a lesson on purpose.
Wench – an affectionate term for a young woman.
Wooden hills – old term for stairs.
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