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John Moulden Belfast: What does 'faar down' mean? (8) RE: Belfast: What does 'faar down' mean? 12 Feb 00


My "Concise Ulster Dictionary" (Oxford University Press, 1996) says that "far downer, also wee far downer" someone from the far north ..." - not the north of Canada or Alaska but meaning someone, like myself, from north Antrim or north Derry or Donegal.

The Draperstown Co Londonderry singer, Mary Murphy sang a song called the Wee Far Down when the BBC recorded her in the fifties.

Gimme whisky ou[t[a the bottle said the wee far down
And I'll throw it in me throttle [throat] said the wee far down
Gimme a glass o beer, me spirits for to cheer
I'm the best man here, said the wee far down

I can't remember it all and can't at present find the transcription I made but it'll serve as an example and the thread's not about this song anyway.


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