|Inlet of Strangford Lough at Bishop Mill, near Portaferry, Co. Down|
We've even sent over a few of our armoured landrovers and a water cannon to help out the police in London. You must admit, it does make a change, eh?
But we DO use an awful lot of quaint, or different, expressions. The one I just used a minute ago is often used in a sarcastic manner, "Aye, dead on, like!" It means we think someone is telling us an unlikely story. A good Belfast expression of disbelief would be to say, "Yer crackers!", "Yer head's cut!" Or perhaps, "Yer head's a marlie!" A 'marlie' is a marble, by the way! Another good one is, "Sometimes, I think there's air gettin in!"
I heard of a Scotsman who was hagglin' in the Old City of Jerusalem for some antique. He'd bate the bye down from 800 shekels to about 80, and then told the shop owner he didn't want it after all. "If yer prepared to sell it for that little," he said, "sure it could'n' be genuine!"