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Another 10 Scouse Words & Phrases You Will Hear In The Liverpool City Region

Updated: May 17, 2021

Scouse Words & Phrases You'll Want To Know So You Don't Get Confused When You Visit Liverpool

The Beatles looking towards Liverpool's Borough of Wirral (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).
The Beatles looking towards Liverpool's Borough of Wirral (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).

The Liverpool Bay Area has is famous for countless things, from The Beatles and footie clubs such as Liverpool FC and Everton FC, as well as famous Liverpudlians such as Jodie Comer, Paul O'Grady, Steven Gerrard, Shirley Ballas, David Morrissey and Jamie Carragher.

The inhabitants of the Liverpool City Region are known as Scousers as people in Liverpool Port areas such as Bootle, Seaforth, Birkenhead, the Pier Head, Wallasey and Dingle ate bowls of Scouse due to it being a cheap yet hearty meal.

The city is also known for its famous accent & dialect, and for how widely it can vary across The Six Boroughs of Liverpool; even just a couple of blocks can change the accent dramatically.

The accent is known to be a difficult one to understand and even if someone's Scouse Accent may not be the thickest, they will still be more than likely using the Scouse Dialect, with words such as 'made up', 'sound', 'scally' and 'entry'.

Here are some Scouse words and phrases you will hear across the Liverpool City Region and what each of them means.

'Are you reading that paper your sitting on?'

This is something that my Granddad used to say to me. In the kitchen he would have a few newspapers piled up on the chairs around the kitchen table. This was to add 'extra comfort' and warmth to the seating as back in the day there was not as much comfort readily available as we have today.

'Look at the state of you!'

This means that you look like a mess. You just are not presentable for the public to see you the way you are dressed. It's the Scouse way to say 'I'd get changed into something different cause you look shocking.' It is generally shortened to 'The state of you!' and can be used in both a lighthearted way as well as in more serious scenarios.


This is a simple word that we say in passing which means 'I hope you're okay.' It is almost a fully fledged conversation in the one word. The other person tends to reply with 'Yeah thanks, you?' with the response in turn to that being 'Yeah mate.' This is generally used by very busy Scousers passing one another in school, the street or in the workplace.

'Making a show of yourself!'

If you are 'making a show of yourself', this means that you are being embarrassing. This could be that you are acting in an embarrassing way for both yourself and for the people that you are with. This is more than likely if you are behaving daft or immature in public or in front of other friends and family members.


This means 'cold', very cold - as in absolutely freezing!


This means 'devastated'. If you are 'devvoed' you are devastated that something did not go as planned or how you intended them to go.


Webs is the Scouse word for 'shoes'. In a sentence you could say 'Where's me webs'. We also say 'trainies' and 'trabs' for shoes. Another thing worth noting is that some people in the Liverpool Bay Area also refer to feet as 'webs'.


Saying 'Alright lash!' would is Scouse for saying 'Are you alright mate?' Of course in Liverpool we generally only say it in passing and to our mates. Another definition could be that 'you're out on the lash' which means you are out getting drunk, really drunk.


If you're having a 'bevvy', that means you are having a beer.

'Made Up'

This means 'pleased'. If you are 'made up', you are really pleased that something good has happened to you or someone else.


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