Geordie Shore: Chaos in Cancun phrasebook

Do you know your tash on from your gan doon the toon? A guide to terms you might hear on the MTV reality show as they hit Mexico

Just when you thought there wasn’t room for any more reality television in your life, MTV delivers a third series of Geordie Shore, tonight from 10pm – and this time they’re off to cause Chaos in Cancun, Mexico.


 But if, like us, you find the heady cocktail of inebriated stars and their strong Geordie accents a little tricky to follow, there is hope. 

 Here’s a rundown of some of the words and phrases that you might hear uttered during series three, from the Geordies, not the Mexicans…

Mortal – I have consumed a good deal of alcohol and thus lost control of my senses.  There is a rather high chance of me not remembering what I said and did last night.  Being mortal can be used as an excuse for extremely bad behaviour.  The phrase is one of the most prevalent in the programme.

Mint – this is a good thing, it pleases me greatly. 

Canny – the phrase has two primary uses, as “quite”, ie “That’s canny good” or “nice”, “This kebab is canny, alright”.  In most cases the stars are not referring to the adjective meaning careful, cautious or prudent.

Radge – completely out of control, in a bad way.  This person or thing should be avoided at all costs.

Do Ye Run Man, Do Ye Nash – quick, let’s get away!  The police/ large men/ angry women/ the bus (is) are coming.

Hadgy Pash – Look, I think it’s about time you calmed down.

Wey-Aye Man – yes, I agree

Alreet – hello, how are you?

Gan Doon the Toon – shall we have a drink now, perhaps something alcoholic?

Howay Man – oh, that’s good or come on! I’m quite excited.

Pet – affectionate term for a person.  “Auf Wiedersehen Pet.”

Marra – a friend or associate.  A mate.

Tash on – heavy petting or kissing of the French variety.  Tashin’ may occur during or after a mortal night out.

Hoy – to throw something.  “I hoyed her in the pool.”  

Game – I’m very much enthused by this idea.  I’m “up for it“.

Pie off –  dismiss.  A girl may pie off a male suitor’s advances.


This is a work in progress.  Do you have any Geordie Shore favourites to add to the list?  If so, leave them in the comments below…