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20 Welsh Colloquialisms You Should Know

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Updated: 13 June 2017
Visitors to Wales might find themselves being introduced to some words they are not necessarily familiar with. Some are English, some are native Welsh, but almost all are guaranteed to leave non-locals slightly dumbfounded. To avoid some embarrassment, here is an introduction to the Welsh language in some frequently used colloquialisms.

Tidy – Great, fantastic, brilliant etc…

I’ll do it now in a minute – A Welsh oxymoron suggesting you’ll do it in the near future

Cwtch – The Welsh equivalent of a cuddle, but it is of course, better

Ych a fi – A phrase used to allude to something rude or disgusting

Mush – A term of endearment often used by people from Swansea

Buildings in Swansea |©Tom Bastin/Flickr
Buildings in Swansea | ©Tom Bastin/Flickr

Mitching – To skip school. The Welsh equivalent of playing truant from school

Lush – Used to describe something very, very nice

Chopsing – When someone is arguing or giving you an earful

Buzzing – A word that has two phrases – 1) something that is especially unpleasant 2) to be excited for something

Tamping – A word used to describe your disgust at something

Dwt/Dwtty – Someone who is little

Dwtty child|©Vladimir Pustovit/Flickr
Dwtty child | ©Vladimir Pustovit/Flickr

I’m not being funny – A filler used before someone announces something quite serious

Alright or Wha? – An introductory term used to mean ‘hello’

Butt – Similar to Mush in that it is a term of endearment often used by people in Swansea

Like – A filler word that will be inserted into sentences at any point. It’ll still make sense to the Welsh

Iechyd Da – Most commonly heard in South Wales, it is phrase that essentially means ‘cheers’

Cymru am byth – A phrase that spikes in usage when sport comes into the equation. It translates as ‘Wales Forever’ or ‘Long Live Wales’. It will often be heard on international rugby days

Daps – A pair or trainers

What’s occurrin’? – A greeting phrase made famous by Ruth Jones’ portrayal of Nessa in Gavin and Stacey

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Drive – In other countries it is a verb meaning to operate the direction of a motor vehicle. In Wales, it is what you call your bus driver