Newfisms: Newfoundland to English Translations

 

I hinted on Instagram a while back that I was creating a list of unique Newfoundland phrases to share with you. With some friends coming to visit this summer, I thought it was a good time to put this out there. Hopefully they start studying, soon!

Yes B'y: agreement or exclamation. (Gender neutral) 

Whaddya at?: what are you doing?

BEST KIND: OF BEST QUALITY. CAN DESCRIBE A PERSON OR AN OBJECT.

"HE IS BEST KIND." 

Prog: food. 

Flatout: busy or hectic.

Cracked: crazy, out of control.

"Girl, you're cracked!"

Sacred: soaking wet.

Sooky: unhappy, solemn.

Chinched: stuffed. Full of food. (also the name of a bistro in town)

"I'm completely chinched after seven courses at Raymond's."

Long may your big jib draw: a good wish for the future.

Rotted: pissed off or feeling hungover. 

"I was out ALL NIGHT AT O'REILEY'S and now i'm just ROTTED."

I dies at you: you're funny.

Some day on clothes: a beautiful day. One so nice you can hang your clothes out on the line to dry.

Stunned as me arse: act of stupidity.

"These drivers are stunned as me arse."

Crooked as sin: cranky. 

A thank you to my friends Courtney and Kim for teaching me most of these phrases and to our landlord for equippping us with the Newfoundland to English Dictionary!

 

 

TravelLyndsay Cavanagh