Top five slang words from Pembrokeshire/UK you might not know – Blog Swap

When I moved to Australia from New Zealand I thought that a sanger was a sausage!

Can you imagine the crazy looks that I got when I went to barbecues and ask someone to put another sanger on the barbie?

So when I put my hand up for the Digital Parents and Tots100  International Blog Swap and the awesome Claire agreed to take part – it made sense that we both decided to write about the slang terms used in our respective homes.

Please give a big hearty blog welcome to the awesome Claire from Evans-Crittens – who hails from south-west Wales:

So the Diary of the Evans-Crittens started as a daily online diary for me to write about our everyday family antics, then other people started reading it so I thought I’d better make it a little more useful and interesting and started including reviews of days out, some parenting tips and sometimes the occasional recipe!


I’m Claire by the way, a mum of four children, Danny, Rebecca, Caitlyn and Isabelle. Danny has a heart condition which has a huge impact on our lives and therefore medical, special needs and hospital issues often feature on the blog too.

We live by the coast in South West Wales. I am excited to be paired with Emily, from Have a Laugh on Me, all the way from Australia and I hope that we stay Blog Buddies.

We thought that learning each other’s regional slang may be a fun way to start! These are slang words that I hear regularly in my part of the UK, I know that there are many variations used in other Counties.

Top Five Pembrokeshire/UK Slang Words You Might Not Know!

1. Ledge – Short for legend. In the past, you had to be very important, famous and good at something to be considered a Legend. Not any more, just by doing someone a humble favour, or buying them a drink, you may be told “Thanks, you’re a Ledge!” It can also be used sarcastically to ridicule someone who is boasting about doing something which you don’t find so amazing, “What? You drank ten bottles of vodka, ran around naked and then puked up? You’re a total ledge you are!”

2. Kift – In Pembrokeshire, we use this to describe a broken or useless object. My phone isn’t charging well at the moment, therefore, “My phone is kift.” You can also use it to describe a person’s lack of skills, but obviously that isn’t very nice, so I will use it to describe myself to avoid offending anyone! “Despite being Welsh, I am kift at playing rugby.”

3. Tamping – I love this one. It is often said that when people in the UK get REALLY mad, we write a letter! (We do love our letters of complaint, although I think Mass Tweets of Complaint are now replacing this!). Well, in Wales when we get really mad, we are so enraged that we are Tamping (and we’re going to tell you this as many times as we can!) “I’m TAMPING I am, really TAMPING!” Your lovely friends will show you support by repeating after you, “Tamping!” and reminding you that you are Tamping in case you had forgotten from the last time you told them all of two seconds ago.

4. Pennysow – All over the UK and indeed the World, people seem to have different regional names for the common Wood Louse. In Pembrokeshire, we call them Pennysows and in Cornwall I hear they are called Grammar Sows. Does anyone anywhere ever call them Wood Lice I wonder?   What do you call them under the logs in your neck of the woods?

5. Cwtch – I read recently that in Denmark they have a word to describe the cosy feeling of togetherness that gets them through Winter: Hygge. I think that the closest word that we have to that in Wales is Cwtch. It can mean a hug or cuddle, “Come here and give me a cwtch. or “I need a cwtch.” But can also be used to describe cosying up or getting closer to people. At the end of a long day out, we will often say “Let’s go home and cwtch up.” For us this will mean a family cuddle on the settee, watching a DVD. I also shout, “Cwtch up!” to get the kids closer together in group photos. Great Nanny crocheted all of her grandchildren Cwtch Blankets, which were used for traditional Welsh “baby wearing” before slings became more common.

So are you now tamping that I wrote this kift guide on UK Slang which describes your slater/woodlice as pennysow, or do you think that I’m a total ledge and want to give me a cwtch?


You can find Claire at:

Diary of the Evans-Crittens Blog



So I’m probably not supposed to butt in but isn’t Claire bloody hilarious? She sounds like someone I’d LOVE to hang out with in real life. Thanks lovely and I look forward to staying in contact with you!

What is the funniest slang word you’ve ever heard? Have you been to Wales?






  1. Thanks for having me! I feel so excited to be in Australia! Only Blog wise but it’s cheaper than a plane ticket! 🙂 Love your blog, so glad I found it through this swap.

    Definitely look forward to keeping in touch too.



  2. Hahaha!! I loved this post! Total ledge indeed. I’m from Surrey (but live in Sydney) and I hadn’t heard of any if these slangs! Gorgeous family photo too – made me a bit homesick xxx

  3. Lovely to read the meanings and think of family!With a name like Rhian I have to have welsh in me!!! And I do! My mammy was from mumbles, Swansea and she and my nana mumbles used to drag us in for a cwtch. My husband and I use it regularly with our daughter to grab a cuddle with the fire cracker! We also say yuck in welsh cos it sounds kind of nicer 🙂 hope to read you again on Emily’s blog xx

  4. Love Tamping…I might start using it…and repeating it every 2 seconds (as appropriate)

  5. A Sanger is not a Sandwich??? Je ne comprends pas. Did you mean you thought a sanger was a sausage? I’ve only heard of “Ledge” before, only because I use it all the time myself. I’m partly Welsh so this was certainly a Monday morning education for me. Phew! Kx

  6. G’day Claire! What great words – cwtch is my fave. I do love a good cwtch after a long day away from my babies!
    When my now long time friend Femke came over to Australia for the first time, she boarded with me. The look on her face the first time I asked her to ‘chuck’ me something was priceless – poor love had no idea what I was saying! When I explained it meant throw – she still looked confused. I never realised how much slang I used until then!
    Confusing ‘sangers’ for ‘bangers’ is not so bad Em – at least it wasn’t ‘ frangers’!! 😉

  7. Some fun words there Claire – I love ‘cwtch’ and ‘tamping’ sounds like a great way to say you are ‘pissed off’ (do you say that in Wales?).

  8. ych a fi – (uckavee) common even in east wales!

  9. You forgot “Hackin” (freezing cold) , “kaffled” (tangled), “twp” (stupid). Also in my experience pennypig is more common than pennysow.

  10. Sorry got my email and website wrong!!

  11. Brian Jones says:

    I’m from Pembroke originally and my mother used many of the words mentioned. She also used lonkered- when you are in an impossible situation.
    Skit when you were splashed by water.
    Surlief (Sp) when she preferred something eg ‘do you want tea or coffee ‘I surlief tea’ !!! Has anyone heard that one before ?

    Cheers Brian

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