Cork Slang

The content of the attached website was originally published in 1983, in a book entitled A Dictionary of Cork Slang, written by a great Cork historian Seán Beecher.


Jimmy Barry Murphy on the Dictionary of Cork Slang:

“In the years I have known the author, the thought of gathering together and eventually publishing the slang words of generations of Corkonians has always been a major ambition of his. Cork, I suppose, in common with other centres of population throughout the world, has its own very distinctive manner of speech, words and phrases which if used outside the Cork area, would be unknown and incomprehensible to most people. Their derivations we now know, thanks to this work, are many and varied, historic and humourous. I am sure that this compilation will be of great amusement and the source of much discussion amongst Cork people wherever they may gather.”