13 slang words and phrases that may leave you confused on your next Essex trip

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    Visiting a different place in the country or a new city can always feel a little confusing. There are different customs, unknown food and even the language tends to be different from what you're used to at home.

    Even if the language in the place you're visiting is English, the cultural differences can usually cause a slight change in the dialect or the expressions that make the language feel similar… but strange at the same time.

    Mostly, a person visiting Essex wouldn't have an issue enjoying the beautiful region, but learning the lingo can help you have a much more fulfilling experience the next time you visit Colchester.

    This is why Danielle Elton from our sister site 2Chill has made a list of common phrases used in Essex and what they mean.

    There’s so much more to us Essex folk than the stereotype might have you believe. We’re friendly, welcoming and proud of where we come from.

    Essex is a fantastic place to live – we’ve got beautiful beaches, excellent links into London, fantastic shopping centres, and some pretty incredible places to eat. In fact, the Galvin Green Man near Chelmsford was recently named the best pub in the UK.

    So, of course, we get a lot of non-locals wanting to visit.

    If you’re planning a trip to Essex, we thought we’d let you in on our lingo – the words and phrases you might hear us say that could leave you confused.

    And while some of it might be far from the English language, you’re not likely to hear most of us say ‘shut up’ or ‘reem’ despite what TOWIE might have you believe.

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    1. Aite

    ‘Hey’, ‘alright’ and ‘Aite’ are all greetings you’ll hear during your time in Essex. We’re not actually asking if you’re alright, we’re just saying hello.

    2. Literally

    Literally is literally a word that us Essex people just can’t stop saying, literally. I don’t know why. And what we’re saying doesn’t have to be literal either.

    3. Babe/babes

    Like I said, we’re a friendly bunch. Everyone is a babe, babes, hun or darling, even total strangers. Don’t take it personally, we’re not trying it on, promise.

    4. Mate

    As well as babe, everyone is our mate, whether we know you or not. It could be a barman, a taxi driver, a waitress, or a shop assistant, it doesn’t matter. And the same goes for all of the above when serving a customer so if you hear ‘Aite mate’ when ordering a drink at the bar, it could also mean ‘what you having?’.

    5. At the end of the day

    Similar to literally, this is another common saying you’ll hear us Essex folk say. It usually comes before putting across our point of view. And it can be said at any time of the day.

    6. Chelmo

    If you’re visiting Essex then you’ll want to visit Chelmsford, or Chelmsford city as it’s now known. But we don’t call it Chelmsford, we call it Chelmo. Seriously though, you need to visit. It’s home to so many fantastic bars and restaurants. There’s also Chelmsford city racecourse and the beautiful Hylands Park.

    7. A bit of me

    ‘That’s a bit of me’ is something I’m guilty of saying quite a lot. If you hear us say that, it basically means that sounds like something I’d enjoy, or I like that jumper etc.

    8. Un’all

    This basically means as well. ‘I’ll have a side of chips un’all’.

    9. Sick

    If you’re asking for recommendations and we tell you something is sick, don’t be put off, that actually means it’s good. I know, I don’t see the logic in that either. But if we say it’s sick, it could be well worth a visit.

    10. Banging

    If something was banging, it is another way of saying good.

    11. Roll

    If you plan on eating out while you’re visiting, this is a pretty important word to understand. Depending on where you’re from, you might know it as a cob, bun, barm, barm cake but to us in Essex it’s a roll. Who’s up for a bacon roll?

    12. Get out

    If we tell you to get out, we don’t actually mean get out. We just mean wow. It’s a term of disbelief, or shock.

    13. A right touch

    If something is a right touch, it means you’ve been lucky, fortunate, usually meaning you’ve had a bargain.

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