9 Scouse Words & Phrases You'll Hear In Liverpool

Updated: Jan 5

Scouse Words & Phrases To Get To Grips With, So You Know What Liverpudlians Are Saying When You Visit The Liverpool City Region

The Liver Building is the iconic representation of the Liverpool City Region (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).
The Liver Building is the iconic representation of the Liverpool City Region (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).

The Liverpool City Region is known across the globe for The Beatles, LFC, Everton FC and for our famous Port of Liverpool that encompasses the Mersey Metropolis; building ships in yards like Cammell Laird, moving cargo in docks like Seaforth and welcoming people from all over the world in docks such as Woodside and the Pier Head. If just a few of the aforementioned achievements wasn't already enough of a claim to fame, we are also known for our exceedingly rare accent, mainly because nowhere else in the world has a dialect that even comes close to resembling a Scouse Accent.


The Liverpudlian Accent is also known as the Scouse Accent, the Mersey Accent or Merseyside Scouse. People instantly recognise the Scouse accent anywhere you go, they will ask you if you're from Liverpool even though they already know the answer is yes. The thickness of your Scouse Accent can literally be dependent on a road by road basis, as everyone sounds the same, yet so different.


'Sound'

Telling someone something or someone is 'sound' is, in normal English, the equivalent of saying great or in the US, saying awesome.


'Dead'

One of the most common yet bizarre Scouse words is 'dead'. When a Liverpudlian uses 'dead' in a sentence it means 'really'. A sentence with it in would look something like: 'Yeah mate, that's dead sound that, proper made up with my myself doin' that.' In received pronunciation and the majority of the rest of the UK, that sentence would say 'Yes mate, that's really great isn't it? I'm so proud of myself for achieving that.'


'Trebs'

This Scouse word means shoes. Trebs are shoes, and if you 'can't find your shoes' you would say in Liverpool that 'I can't find me trebs, la!'