Archive for January 13th, 2006

Words I Despise (Issue 1)

Nordie

1. n. Of or relating to Northern Ireland (a.k.a The North) or its people, or culture.

e.g. Frank Carson is a Nordie.

2. adj. Of or relating to or characteristic of Northern Ireland (a.k.a The North) or its people or culture.

e.g. That Nordie show ‘Give My Head Peace’ is a load of shite.

My distaste for the word is not because I myself could be described as a ‘Nordie’, but because in my experience the people who use it the most are the ones who know the least about the place, even if it is only an hour up the road by car.

Its use is predominant in Dublin, and when used one can often hear distinct echoes of the sub-Watford Gap English attitude towards people from the North of England.

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