Cyrdil's Language

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It will be very difficult in a web page to convey the funny, amusing and quirky speech that Cyril used in everyday life. By changing his voice, inflections, tone he could keep you entertained for hours. For example, he would break his own name into 2 parts, speak the first part from one side of his mouth and (without any pause) speak the second part from the left side!!! Also on occassion he would used any of the expressions detailed below as if spoken under water, and unfortunately, as you can imagine, we cannot replicate THAT on the written page.

Where to start???

coconut head

OK! Why 'coconut'? Cyril was widely known as 'Cyril Coconut Duncan'. He loved the sound of the word itself, sometimes pronouncing it in unusual ways, often with a large emphasis on 'nuts' - cocoNUTS. To Cyril, a person's head (and his own) was a coconut. Well, they are both hard, and hairy, and can give out a hollow sound! He would often go up to people (only those he knew!!), squeezing their head with just one or maybe 2 hands, calling it a coconut, sometimes saying 'I'd love to know what's inside your brain!' If you were lucky (unlucky??) he might rap on your head with his knuckles so see if it sounded hollow (a bit like a coconut!!)

As Caitriona says in her story "He used to call me Caitrionabum and roundhead, which of course at first made me mad but later laugh!! He even measured the ‘circumference of my head’ to show its perfect roundness, something only Cyril could do." (see Travels/Travels with Caitriona)

He was quite likely to give people good advice, especially if they were going out into the world (wordld) - 'Don't sit under the coconut tree, 'cause the coconuts might kill you!'

To his family and friends the words 'Cyril' and 'Coconut' will forever be synonymous.

Cyril's Names:

While most kids today aquire nicknames, Cyril had numerous, many made up by himself. The following is just a selection!

Cyrdil (or Cyrdle), Cyrildy Dyrdildy, Dirdle, Pirdle, Birdle (girdle was reserved for describing girls!!),
Squirrel, Cyrildeewoo, Cyrildeeway, Squiggle, Squidges, Squodge

The name Squodge mutated into Dodge and from there to The Dodge, Cyril the Dodger,or just The Dodger.

Of course the last 'name' used for Cyril was that used by the pupils in his class, whom he loved so much - they called him 'Teacher Cereal'.

EXTRA!!! - from Richie Power

Heading on his Bebo Page - 'I'm a coconut!!!

Cyrils Alias's:
Cyril the Sneer - A cartoon character in The Racoons.
Howaya's. How do yea doody!!!!!
Coconut head  - Complimentary - Head likened to a coconut in shape and appearance... example - I have a lovely coconut head,
Coconut Man - Self reference - Years of devotion to coconut appreciation.
Coconutty -
Coconoid  - Meaning - Fear of being too coconutty, or anothers fear of coconutty appraisal or behaviour. See '' Balloon ''
Cyril Smokebreak Duncan
Cyril Bot.
Sqodge Sqodge
Cyril the Squirrel
Round head
Roley Poley
Happy head
Thairish man

Muc Muc - nose of a dog
Zero - His alias for people with difficulty his name.

'I think I'm going in reverse'


"Cyril is this mentalist who comes from a whacky place called Cyrdle's world...."

Other Names:

Monkey Bum - He used to call his brother Garmon ‘Monkey Bum One’ and he called himself ‘Monkey Bum Two.   He also called his brother ‘Roundyand also Round Ball’ and ‘Eight Ball’.   He also called his brother Garmon ‘A Circle’ – being a variation of Roundy .

The word Monkey bum also gave rise to Cyril's expression 'Monkey bum rash' - nappy rash occuring predominantly in Bar and Kitchen staff and on hot holidays (If you are in a hot climate walking around your legs become chaffed)..

In addressing his friends and family, Cyril often added the word 'bum', but only in an affectionate way - Brian Bum, Caitriona Bum.

He called his girlfriend Catriona Chuck’.

One of his close friends was called (affectionately) The Grump.

If Cyril didn’t like you he called you a name something like The Cracken’. If he thought that someone was a bit 'for the brids' he would refer to them as ‘Lampshade.

He used to call Portmarnock where he lived The Projects as there had been a project carried out in Portmarnock and the people of Portmarnock were the actual project. It was akin to living in a little Island and the people were being used for experiments as part of the Project.

His grandmother was ‘Granny Duncanbut more often he called her The Queen of the Culchies’ (if she wasn't in earshot as she didn’t particularly like it!   He called his Mum Lekky and he called his Dad Briano’.   He also picked up some Thai expressions, some of which were not particularly nice such as “Eh Haa”.  He would use this expression as a joke when with his friends.

He called the Duncan family car ‘The Space Wagon’ and he called Catriona’s car ‘The Hot Player Chick Mobile’.

He had so many names for the family dog, which was a brown Labrador called “Sandy” ........... ‘The Mo Mo Keeba’ , Chestnut Keeba’, Keeba  Mo Mo, Keeba  Bow Wow .

It seemed as if nothing could be called its 'proper' name!

Other Words:

He also used the word ‘Chocolate’ a lot .  He would emphasise the word differently at different times -  such as Chock-O-lit.  He would use this word if anything was nice.   If he thought a girl was nice he would call her ‘Chock-O-lit’ (probably with a bit of lip smaking).   If somebody was a little bit too hip he used the expression ‘He is a little bit Pink Panther’.     

He used the word ‘juice’ to describe something wonderful. If he thought a computer game was good he would call it juice or ‘juiceee’. He would also use these words to describe a good movie. Cyril would refer to your head as being ‘juicy’ and would ask ‘Will I get the juice out of it?’   He reckoned he could squeeze his own brain and get the juice out of it!!

Cyril used to put a different pronunciation on lots of words, particularly when he inserted the d’ after the ‘r’ in words like Cyril, world, orange, herald etc.  He would have sentences full of these expressions. For example, the word orange would become ‘Ordange’;   Herald (as in the Evening Herald) would become ‘Herdald’.  Girls used to become ‘Girdls’, World would become ‘Wordld’.  This started when Cyril used to try to copy his Dad’s country accent, and soon took on a life of its own. He used to come out with funny expressions all the time using in particular this device to construct sentence after sentence.  

He used the word ‘squidgeon’ and also used expressions like ‘Doing a Humpty Dumpty’ which is a quick relieving movement of the bowels – especially after a hot curry! 

Doing a Humpty Dumpty’ - some more information from Richard: 'I need a humpty dumpty' - Meaning - A declaration of need to relieve a motion of the bowels
Origion:   Whilst out eating in Candolim, a port town in Goa, India, I asked Cyril in the presence of Karen and an Indian friend if he had ever had a Humpty Dumpty. Cyril replied; ''What, a shit? Did I have a shit today? Yes, I had  a lovely Humpty Dumpty today. Thank you.'' We were all in tears laughing becuase we were all looking at the menu and a Humpty Dumpty was a chicken, lettuce, humus roll in a hot nan bread.

A word often used by his Dad, Brian, was 'machine', but pronounced (West of Ireland style) as 'Maachine'. Cyril latched on to this expression, further emphasising it 'Maaaaachines' and using it for all technological devices of all complexities ranging from satellites to humble scissors.

8 ball

Another expression which Cyril used was ‘odd ball’. He used to play around with words such as ‘oddball’ and if somebody called him an ‘odd ball’, which they did from time to time, he would say ‘No!  I’m an Even Ball”. And as we said already he often called Garmon his brother '8 ball'.     

He had 2 most unusual 'body quirks' - he could NOT bend his thumb!!! (that must have led to some interesting moments.) Particulary strange was his ability to turn his feet in an almost ‘Chaplinesque’ style, in that he was able to turn his feet around to almost 180 degrees angle (he would be facing forward, but his feet facing almost directly backward!!!)  

As you can imagine, Cyril was not a person to just sit in silence! If there was silence in the room Cyril would do various ‘pops’ with his mouth and make different sounds, just to liven things up and make others laugh.

Also please go to the stories page to read 'Cyrdil's Wordld' by Brian Mc Partlan, and Robert McGarr's story called 'Sounds of Cyril' in which he says "He developed an alternative vocabulary to refer to all kinds of things, including himself. He became a visitor from another dimension called “burdledy-durdledy."


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