‘I was out on the rain and now I’m satched’, spot me a ” fin ” will ya, meaning loan me $5.00. Arse – same as in Oz. and also can be very sarcastic. Example: “I’m after buying the wrong lightbulb.” instead of “I’ve bought the wrong lightbulb.”. Dunch: My mother taught me the first one (heavy/doughy dumplings), my father the second one! I'm a web designer by trade, a one-time amateur bellydancer, a shoe lover and a travel junkie. But if someone from outside does, it is. Newfoundland Sayings! means to fill the wood stove to capacity with wood…. Guess I learned something new. I found the younger people and those working with the public spoke more Canadian. Guess it just depends on what you’re used to hearing :). I have always loved the way you guys say stuff. A Newfie is a *person*. My mother, born and raised in St. John’s, was fond of using the word “streel(/streal? Stogged, we def say stogged for a tight fit / too full. I have no idea why everything is female out here, but "how's she gettin' on?" “Out ‘gin door”, meaning outside and “sing out”, meaning yell ex: If someone calls for me sing out, I’ll be out ‘gin door chopping wood. As an Aussie currently wandering around Newfoundland I love this as there are a surprising number of common/similar terms which are probably indicative of our common Irish/Scottish/Cockney backgrounds. More power to you. * heggs – eggs hahaha. We still use that :) A guy at my work is trying to get his kids to find little hobbles for the summer, and my husband finds little hobbles around the house all the time :) I’m originally from Twillingate and we have some of our own slangs!! So if you go out there someone may tell you that you're "from away.". or does that not make sense? But you are going drinking…a lot. How about “snarl”, meaning tangled, mess? Gommel: I don’t know whether this has any other meaning other than “idiot”…used by my Mother if we did something stupid… “can’t believe ya did that…ya gommel!”. If you love something or think it's really good you'd say it's "best kind." Another one we would say is vamps, meaning boot liners. Gert … meaning very … “with a gert big stick I’ll knock him down. Another one you probably wouldn't want to hear, this is typically used to say "who cares. Especially now that I live in the USA. MEANING WHO DO YOU BELONG TO? For some, it’s offensive no matter what. Now, you don’t have to go using them yourself but this should help you understand us locals during your time here. representing all our unique slang in these NL inspired items. I know on the mainland (also should be on the list) they sometimes interchange “sook” with “suck” but Americans have no idea what a sook is. If we were sitting too long we would say our backsides were dunch. I CFA and i get a kick out of ” arse foremost.” Pretty sure it’s like backasswards or better yet backarsewards. Yer some pussle-gut.” I only chose words which I would naturally use myself. “Blocked”- can also mean, “full”. I was told that the derogatory term “Newfies” actually started back during war time when Americans would come into Argentia. There are stories everywhere. Some say it’s that you’re bad, some say on the piss and too hammered…. As in “What a feed of Ches’s. :P, A good, new egg has a TINY bit of an air bubble in it, but for the most part, she’s blocked solid :), I am from bermuda and now married to a newfoundlander when we first started talking on the phone I was telling her a story and after finishing it she used the phrase “go on” and to me it meant it was time to end the call but what she really meant was “really ?”. Ass – it just sounds nicer when we say it. When I moved to carbonear for college I was shocked when I learned that people had never heard the term Pussle or Pussle guts. Think of it like saying "for sure." The term “Newf” offends me even more & I don;t like it from anyone. Often it isn’t, but ‘oh, you’re a Newfie, are you?’ has been followed up by a snark about welfare or lack of education too frequently in my heating to disassociate ignorant views from the word. Something can be startless which means there is nothing else quite like it!! Verb: to scoat…. “didnt think i was gonna eat all that, chinched fo the gunnels now,” or “cant put anything else in the pan b’y shes chinched to the gunnels”, We also use “shift” alot in reference to a change. I think I’ve heard gommel used before. So I think that one is tough but I loved this article it helped me a lot!!! It's used to say that you really, really like something or someone. I’ve noticed that being ” Sookie ” Or a ” Sook ” is pretty limited to Newfoundland diction . Add a dash of isolation, and you end up with phrases that sound like a foreign language to the rest of the country. I’m rotted.”, Example: “You’re right crooked today. Here’s the thing. You look like a streel.”. There’s no Upper Canada equivalent as far as I know. An Atlantic Canadian term to indicate somebody is soft, whiny, or easily upset. You might get burned, ya stun arse!”. It comes from the Irish word for work. I always did even though I hardly knew anyone from there. For you who don’t know, the word Newfie was first used by Americans during the second world war, ‘stupid Newfies’. Stog er blocked …. The word “Newfie” didn’t offend him at all nor anyone I met through him. B’y This is technically a short form of the word “boy” but b’y can be used for any gender, in a variety of circumstances. The few words and phrases I listed out here are pretty common ones but they’re really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. One in particular is skint. This is a phrase that's used when something is really bothering you or getting on your nerves. :). Thank God for Newfoundland nurses…, lol Love this one. That picture is some squish. “I was just twacking about downtown St. John’s”. In Newfoundland if someone is refered to as "uncle" it may not mean a relative. In fact, if you've ever been there you may have wished you had a Newfoundland Slang Dictionary handy to help you understand everything that was being said. During my stay in St. John's, I have heard the word “B’y” plenty of time. What’s on the go?’, So close that I can’t call it, is the habit of standing right by someone and letting out an amazed ‘Look at this one, luh? how about calling you “me duckie” or me duck, similar to “me buddy” or “me love” or “me ole cock”. If you're "crooked as sin" it means you're acting cranky, difficult, or contrary to others. Meaning I can’t swallow.It was hard for these doctors to make a proper diagnosis When asked to clue up, my colleagues insisted that they all understood the information and didn’t need to be brought up to speed. For others, it all depends on who’s saying it and how. Mail weekly. “gurnsey”, meaning a tightly woven wool sweater. In St. John’s when we moved there in the early 60s, they used “hobble” to mean any little job you got paid for, such as shovelling snow or working on a farm part-time. I just used ‘slang’ in the dictionary definition sense. hence stogged is stuffed. "I got so loaded last night I fucked my cat " " Yes b'y !" What are you doing? However, the use of the word “slang” to describe Newfoundland English is equivalent to describing other aspects of Newfoundland heritage as “crap”. ↑ "Comedian says Memorial University taking his catch phrase – Nfld. Another similar sounding saying is “what ya gettin on wit” which means I think what you are telling me is a bit foolish or not understandable or believable. Newfie girl in Alberta here. “The weather’s not fit today, wha?”, depends on how it is said/context. However, I’ll tolerate it from another Nfldr, not an outsider. yes another use of it is “dout it out” meaning put the fire out. Dampers on a stove, meaning the stove element. Worldwide Shipping Available as Standard or Express delivery Learn more. It was quite an eye opener! I still have my closest girlfriend and talk frequently. It wasn’t till I moved back to ON that I learned that I didn’t speak Ontarian anymore. It is also common to hear Newfoundland English in Yellowknife, Southern Alberta and Fort McMurray, Alberta, places to which many Newfoundlanders have moved or commute regularly for employment. I grew up in St. John’s And of course I meant in my hearing, not in my heating. It’s some cold out, wha?” or “I’m after squatting my finger in the door”  make perfect sense to me but left some of my fellow WITS attendees scratching their heads. ☺️, Ha. I love Nfldrs! Missus can also refer to your female better half. As much as I understand why people are offended, whenever I personally said Newfies, my context was out of love for you and your culture ♥️ Here are some of my faves: * tanks b’y – thank you I’m from the Irish shore, so I use it all the time. So remember, don’t call people dags (dogs)! I searched online and found your article. Didn’t think anything of it really being a NL thing since we kids grew up in the states, but “Lukey’s Boat” was “chinked with putty…” Ah-ha, me b’y! Example: “Some skeet held up Marie’s Mini Mart again last night.”, Example: “I’m stogged. “on the pip, pipping off or skip or skipping off” are used to say you are missing classes in school with out permission when you should be there, Can’t forget the word ‘Satched’. Eh B’y can also be used in reverse as in I am seeking your agreement to what I’m saying, eh B’y? Stuffed to the gills!”. Sure, some don’t mind but a good number of us do mind the term when it’s used in the wrong way. Dunch: originally used to describe bread that didn’t rise enough before/during baking and felt heavy…also used in this fashion: “Me arse is dunch”… meaning you have been sitting for too long! Not in the dictionary. “Hes no good, Id rather have a stick dan to have he” I’m actually not sure if I would’ve known this one. It made everyone laugh! Being with him for the first 5 of those 7 years, I actually picked it up so well that people would ask me what part of Nfld I was from. Of course, this one isn't unique to Newfoundland, but they use it A LOT. I’m from town (st johns) we sometimes call people a suck arse lol I guess to be compared to a teachers pet. If we did something that the Americans deemed stupid, that’s what they would say “Stupid Newfies”. Fish is Cod. (KEVIN) Arse farts (RAY) Sure they didn’t stick half the words in there Kevin! Also: :), Lets not forget the ever popular “Stogged” This one is pretty straightforward, it's the best of it's kind. I DO NOT TAKE OFFENCE TO THE WORD NEWFIE AT ALL. A note about the word ‘Newfie’. Thanks. newfoundland stickers. A common Newfoundland greeting, which is most commonly used to mean "How are you?" One that we used a lot when I was growing up in St. John’s was “dout your fag” which translates to “put out your cigarette”. The travel bug has only hit me hard in recent years but I'm attempting to make the most of it while still working 9-5. Right I don’t understand why people who right theses articles always add that Newfie is offensive makes me think are theses people Newfie who are writing the cause I love being called Newfie ya darn straight! Fortunately, that's what we're here to provide. Even if you learn nothing from this dictionary, remember this. See more ideas about newfie, newfoundland, newfoundland and labrador. The term "Newfie" is actually kind of offensive so if you don't want to make your fellow Canadians feel rotted when you go to visit, stick with terms like Newfoundlander or Islander, they'll loves ya for it! “Blowed up like a gurnet” or something that has swelled up/gotten bigger. Meaning: it’s very foggy out today. Well I hate it. Could you say “ya saucy gommel”? ” I’m goin’ up to da mall for a twack.” “What a deadly scoff, I’m blocked” or another saying with the same meaning is “I’m blocked to the (da) gills”. This was always said very fast as my dad always loved saying it. The ubiquitous ‘Luh’ shouldn’t be underestimated, btw. I shit ya not” translation they have to be the best fish I have every had, with out a doubt and I am not lying to you. * I about bust – I laughed really hard Ever heard the phrase, "my mother raised me better than that?" “Would you like another touton?” “No thanks, me love, I’m chinched “, Haha – I’ve definitely heard this one before but I still don’t understand how an egg is full. I’m fully aware that some of them are very unique to NL but others like “squat” or “crooked” I just took for granted. Have you heard any others that stood out to you as being particularly Newfoundland? I always enjoyed “How’s she goin’, b’y?” and the appropriate response, “Wonderful grand!”. Seeing as you are who you are, which is to say a friend, I will grant your request. More commonly (in my neck of the island, anyway) is “go way” or “go way, by” instead of go on or get out. It adds emphasis to a phrase. yes b'y Sticker Designed by ... newfoundland slang. If someone told a funny but perhaps dirty or offensive to some people joke one might laugh and reply “yer not fit b’y” If someone said something disgusting or offensive to everyone, one might reply in anger “yer not fit!”. Seeing the phrase: “Full as an egg” here reminded me of my childhood in Australia where my mother would say: “Full as a goo!”, having the same meaning. If they did, they would give them to us. I think you have the best sense of humour in the whole world. I’m totally co-opting “hobble”. :P, I’m originally from Rushoon out on the burin peninsula. I went to school in St. John’s for 5 years ggrades 5~ 9 . Meaning the house is big!! Imagine my surprise when I discovered in my 20s that other folk had the utterly boring “safe” or “home”. I grew up in NL, but ‘out around da bay’. I also say “where’s that to?” a lot. This one all turned out, like he’s royalty’. I’d never actually heard of “goulos” either. I DO! Anyway… love this article! My mother always called us children ‘skin flints’ if we were up to any kind of mischief and she would ‘skiver us up’ if she caught us in mischief again! Turn round, she's bind ya - (Turn around, she's behind you.) newfoundland phone cases. (WAYNE) Oh, that one. I got made fun of a lot for that. Wha! Some people, like my Dad, embrace the term and that’s cool. we sometimes use this word instead of ‘have’ to mean in the past. I'm a web designer and digital marketer by trade, a one-time amateur bellydancer, a shoe lover and a travel junkie. Traditional Newfoundland English has its historic origins in England’s West Country dialects and the Irish of the Waterford area of SE Ireland. Squat means squished and squish means crooked and crooked means contrary. Bogtrotter: a resident of New Brunswick, also used for residents of the other Atlantic Provinces “Ayse right, oilskins tight, arseholes to the mast!” ‘The cheek on this one, luh? Newfoundland Words and Phrases Dialect has it's place not only in our community, but all over Newfoundland. The Newfoundland dictionary old dear! And the classic How’re you doing? My Dad was Air Force and we were stationed in Gander in the early 60’s. Nov 7, 2018 - Explore Regina Gosse's board "newfie quotes" on Pinterest. From shop KnottywooddesignsCA. Newfoundland Road Trips: Guide to the Kittiwake Coast, Guide to the Best Newfoundland Food Trucks, Newfoundland Road Trips: Guide to Twillingate, Newfoundland Road Trips: Guide to the Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland Road Trips: Guide to the Baccalieu Trail, Newfoundland – A Place of Unique Language | Central Bearded Man, Fries, Dressing, and Gravy: A Newfoundland Speciality, Excursion Around the Bay: Brigus and Cupids. I have an aunt that speaks like that. Others are just my explanation! First up, reading the title of this post, you’re probably thinking “What the hell’s a CFA?” In short, unless you’re from Newfoundland, it’s you. yes and she’ some tangly make no wonder she got herself in a snarl. Eyes like a caplin goin' offshore - (His eyes were bloodshot!) right on up through! For too long it’s been associated with “goofy newfie” as a way for mainlanders to belittle us. We love taking existing words and using them in a completely different way. we apparently have a complex or something about people not listening to us. Our maintenance man referred to his wife as “Me ol’ trout”. Don’t know if you knew why Newfoundlanders use that one. As a born mainlander, I at first found it very hard to take it all in when I moved here in November of 2015 but I’ve been learning very quickly lol. 3. So just be careful who you use it with. I love learning about new slang across the island. Trout is a fish but Fish is Cod. 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