Jamie Dornan schools us in Northern Irish slang and frankly its enlightening


As if we couldnt love Jamie Dornan anymore, the Fifty Shades of Grey star has decided to school us in Northern Ireland slang.

Just from the goodness of his heart.

The actor – who was born in County Down, Northern Ireland, and grew up in the suburbs of Belfast – is currently touring the country in promotion of his latest film, Robin Hood, which hits theatres later this month.

Presumably a little tired of talking about Robin and his band of Merry Men, Jamie broke down some of the most famous slang terms from his home country during an interview with Vanity Fair.

And its a wee bit hilarious.

Heres a list of everything we learned. Thanks, Jamie.

Any more of this and therell be less of it

I mean, thats so stupid. Thats as Irish a statement as youre ever likely to read. Its like “Put an end to it, stop it or youll get whats coming to ya.” It could only be uttered in Ireland, thats why I love it.

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Bout ye

If you dont greet someone with “Whats the craic?”, youll say “Bout ye?” which is just “How about you?” Like, “How are you?” basically. Ive found that the longer Ive not lived in Northern Ireland, the less I say bout ye and Im quite pleased about that.

Boys a dear

I say this all the time! When youve been jarred by something or youve received some news, you go “Oof… Boys a dear.”

And then I have my own spin on it, I always say “Boys a dear, dears a boy”, which really annoys people.

I once tried to do a whole conversation with these builders who were working at my dads house by only saying “Boys a dear” to them, and I talked to them for twenty minutes.

Buck eejit

Buck eejit is a term that I love. It basically means somebodys stupid.

Eejit is like the Irish term for idiot, or someone whos just always annoying. Like, “Your man, hes a buck eejit.” Yeah, good term.


Well, thats the most famous expression we have in all of Ireland; Craic.

When you say, “Whats the craic?” Like, thats the first thing you say to someone from home, like “Whats the craic?” “Hows it going?” “What you up to?”

Its basically all encompassing. Its like “Oh, we had great craic last night, that means the craic was good.”

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God I cant stop saying Northern-Irish-isms. I was going to say dead-on means that youre sound – someone whos cool, like legit. We either say theyre sound or theyre dead-on.

”I met your man last night, hes dead-on.” Means youre cool, basically.

Jamie said he uses the term Faffin on his wife Amelia Warner (Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for BFI)


Oh, I use this a lot. It means youre wasting time.

Youre trying to leave the house and someones struggling to find their sunglasses, I probably say it more to my wife. “Stop faffin about.”


Kex is your underwear, like “I cant wear these dirty kex again, Ive worn them four days in a row.” Ive never said that, but my friends have.


God, I didnt even think that was a Northern Irish term. Jammie means lucky, like “You jammie bastard.” Which means youre a lucky bastard.


Pull means to kiss someone or go out with someone. You go out on the pull, like “I was out on the pull last night.. and failed.” Thats definitely heavily used.


Steamin means drunk. “Absolutely steamin last night, the craic was good, had far too many wee pints.”


If theres any phrase thats used more than craic, its wee. Well be like, “Oh, Im going to have a wee cup of tea”, even though youre going to have a totally normal sized cup of tea, well say a wee cup of tea.


Or if youre in a shop, the man or woman will be like “Dya want a wee bag with that?” But youre just getting a normal sized bag. Its very, very strange.

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Like a tale, like a story. Like, “We had a good yarn last night, in the pub.”


Thats an all-of Ireland term really. You could apply that to anything: Im holding this yoke here, like the iPad could be a yoke.

Its often used when youre trying to describe something that you maybe dont know the word for – the thing, wed say “the yoke”.

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