There are some words you may hear during your time in Bangor that you haven’t heard before, a few are generic Welsh words, some of the words are used in various places across north Wales and some unique to Bangor, mostly they’re slang, but they’re all words commonly used around Bangor.

The list is by no means comprehensive, so feel free to add.

Aye: The word ‘Aye’ is synonymous with Bangor, it’s said randomly pretty much after everything, particularly at the end of a sentence, for example “Are you going out tonight, aye” or “Let’s get a taxi, aye” it can be also used by someone who agrees with what you’re saying, in which case it’s a longer ‘aye’ and is used like this ‘ayyyyyye’ you may even find yourself saying ’Aye’ yourself by the end of your three years in Bangor, in which case you can consider yourself to be an adopted ‘Bangorian’

Moider / Moiderer: To Moider can either mean to talk rubbish, to go on and on about something relentlessly, or you can also have a Moider (chat) with someone, for example, I saw my mate last night and we had a good ‘Moider’ whereas a ‘Moiderer’ is someone who has a tendency to always talk rubbish. You can also be ’Moidered’ by someone, for example someone on a night out who won’t leave you alone.

Dingler: Referring to someone as ‘Dingler’ usually means they’re a bit of an idiot, a clown, someone who’s done something stupid, it can also be used between friends and isn’t meant to be too offensive, a ‘Dingler’ can also be a ‘Moiderer’

Yeah: Similar to ‘Aye’ saying ‘Yeah’ is also very common after you‘ve said something, “I walked home, yeah, and then made tea, yeah” you may even hear it used twice together when someone’s agreeing with you ‘yeah yeah’

Bechod: A term of endearment, when someone feels sorry for somebody else, pronounced ‘Becch-odd’

Bud: Mate e.g. ‘Alright Bud’

Gwenny/Gweni: Something which is old fashioned, particularly used to refer to an item of clothing or somebody’s dress sense.

Josgin: A term for people who live out in countryside or small villages.

Jar: Meaning alcoholic drink, usually a pint, “Going out for a Jar” also ‘Jarring’ means drinking, having a few pints, and ‘Jarred’ means Drunk e.g. “I was ‘Jarred’ last night’

Laa: Meaning: ‘Lad’ or ’Mate’ and usually used between friends e.g. “All right laa?” usually used between male friends, but equally acceptable for female friends to say it to each other too. Pronounced ‘Lar’

Mam: Mum/Mother

Minging: Horrible, Disgusting.

Mad: Means shocking ie “That’s mad that” or “Mad Aye”

Mynadd: Can’t be bothered to do something, or no energy “I haven’t got any Mynadd” (Pronounced Mun-ath)

Nain: Grandmother

Taid : Grandfather

Panad: meaning ‘Cuppa‘ or hot drink, ’Panad’ is used equally for tea or coffee. “Would you like a Panad?”

Crink: Fool – Foolish person, in certain circumstances a Moiderer can also be called a Crink

Brama: Good e.g. it was a ‘Brama’ night out