Brummie Dictionary

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You alright Bab?!

So, you’re coming to University in Birmingham, which means you’ll most likely be hearing a few unfamiliar phrases that we use locally. To give you a head start, we’ve compiled this Brummie dictionary, so when someone asks if you’d like cheese or chicken on your cob – you’ll know what they’re talking about.

Let’s go!



This is a popular term of affection, meaning hun or babe. In a sentence: “Are you alright bab?”

Graphic defining the word 'Bab'Bostin:

This phrase is very popular in the Black Country especially, and means something is amazing or excellent. In a sentence: “That film was bostin.”


This is an affectionate term used to reference Birmingham. In a sentence: “Are you excited about coming to Brum for university?”


You guessed it, it’s what we call the Bus here in Birmingham. In a sentence: “The buz is running late.”


This is our name for a bread roll or bap. In a sentence: “I had a cheese cob for lunch.”


Sometimes used to refer to your hands. In a sentence: “Got to keep your donnies warm.”

Face as long as Livery Street:

This is a quirky one! Livery Street is a long street in Birmingham city centre, so this term is used to describe someone with a ‘long face’.

In a sentence: “You don’t look very happy. You have a face as long as Livery Street.”

Graphic defining the word 'Gambol'Gambol:

A gymnastic forward roll. In a sentence: “They did a gambol on the mat”

Got a cob on:

This phrase is used when someone’s in a mood. In a sentence: “She’s got a right cob on today.” (Not to be confused with a cheese cob ??)


A roundabout. In a sentence: “Turn left at the Island.”


When someone is in a bad mood and is acting grumpy. In a sentence: “Stop being mardy.”


To have a look around. In a sentence: “Have a mooch around the shops” 

Graphic defining the word 'Mooch' Offie:

An off-licence or newsagents. In a sentence: “We’re going to the offie to get some crisps.”

Our kid:

Term for a younger relative or friend (typically male) that someone is close to. Very popular in the Black Country. In a sentence: “How are you, Our Kid?”

Pigeon Park:

St Philip’s Cathedral grounds is commonly called Pigeon Park by the locals. In a sentence: “Let’s have a walk around Pigeon Park.


A term for fizzy drinks. In a sentence: “I’m gasping for a bottle of pop."

Ta-ra a bit:

See you later/ Goodbye. In a sentence: “Right, I’m going now. Ta-ra a bit.”

Graphic defining the phrase 'The Ramp'The ramp:

Description of the entrance to Grand Central Shopping Centre in Birmingham. In a sentence: “Meet you on the ramp.”


Name for Birmingham City Centre. In a sentence: “Meet you up town.”


Now you have a few new phrases to start you off, but you’ll definitely pick more up along the way.

See you in September

Ta-ra a bit!


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