Newfoundland has some fun and unique phrases with a language of its own. If you’ve ever wondered what some of the phrases heard around the rock mean, here’s a crash course of the Newfoundland dialect, typically known as Newfinese.
Best Kind - I’m doing great
Deadly - Something that is great!
Shag It - Forget it
How’s ya gettin’ on me old cock - How are you doing, my friend?
Loves it - I love it
Yes B’y - something said in Newfoundland instead of yes, ok, that’s great, etc. This one could mean many things.
Who knit ya? - Who are your parents?
Froze da det - I’m very cold
I dies at you! - You make me laugh
Put da side back in ‘er - Close the door
Got ‘er Scald - Got it pretty good
You got me drove - Your are annoying me
Nar bit nice - That’s nice
Cookin’ up a scoff - Cooking a big meal
Lodge it down b’y - Put that down
Some marnin' dis marnin' - It’s a nice morning
Me nerves is shot! - I’m stressed out
Stun as me arse - Not very smart
Me 'ole trout - An an old friend (or sometimes a new one)
Come from away - a visitor or traveler to Newfoundland who comes to visit.
There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of fun Newfoundland sayings you may hear while around the rock, Newfoundlanders also tend to drop the H in words and even add an H where it's not required such as:
Ome - Home
Ard - Hard
What's ya hat - What are you at (doing)?
How's ya gettin' hon? - How are you doing?
Hafter - after
Hawful - awful