Acting the maggot. A two-day short trip around the. This said the Irish locals have created thousands of English slang that dates back from the medieval period up until modern times. Common Irish Phrases. Then again I live in Massachusetts, and it sometimes seems we have as many Irish people as Ireland does :) Certainly interesting - esepcially how some of these phrases we also use, but for entirely different purpose. Boyo. Did you lob the gob?. Craic generallymeans fun but, as is the case with many bits of Irish slang, theres multiple ways of using it. When it comes to A shot, you could say, Gimme a shot of that kettle there. LOL Glad you enjoyed this insight into us Irish a wee bit!! meaning beak, gob often refers to as mouth in English. Developed "straight from the horse's mouth". For example, Got food from that Indian place. Thanks . LOL Glad you enjoyed, appreciate your continued support and votes:-). Had fun reading all the slang words, some familiar, some not so. The answer key is below. Thanks so much for your great comments! Can you give it a lash with your jump cables? or Ive never tried that before, but sure Ill give it a lash. 30 Irish Slang Words Every Visitor Should Learn Before Visiting Ireland, , if you and your friends have a couple of more rounds, the best Irish chant for c, Its not literally black, but you guessed it righta strong pint of this famous, Addressing your darling or Irish sweetheart from Ireland will never be as soft and endearing as the Irish term. Example: 'Stop faffin' and do some work.'. Thanks. It commonly refers to chips or other potato-based finger foods. . Craic Heres a handful (Ill update this again at a later date as more comments come in). Eighteenth- and 19th-century Scottish and English schoolboy slang ("sapskull", "saphead") that the Irish took and shortened. For example, Shamey Brannagin was caught stealing from Kerrigans again. I'm not slagging you, It's on the top of my list. If youre looking for a new way to say I have no idea, try this phrase on for size. It basically means a long time. And a new book offers those who aren't . Every time I went to buy something in a sandwich shop or get a bed at a hostel, the person behind the counter would ask me, "Are you okay?" Appreciate your comments! Aye - Yes. .maybe a hub! To the Cockney, the phrase "steps and stairs" describes the idea of gradation. Madeleine Salin from Finland on June 21, 2012: Very interesting and it's always nice to learn new words. Learn something new or share one or two that we ought to put on the list with us! Stop being a dosser, man! @ !!!! Free burgers. In Irish slang words, if your parents are away for the night, or for a day or two, you go to someones, to have a party or a sleep-over. Craic is an Irish word that can be translated to mean "fun," "enjoyment," or "good times.". In terms of direction, this term is not a bit offensive and is actually quite useful. Savage, mate. My father has a brogue Yorkshire accent that he couldnt seem to get rid of; despite his three-decade stay in London, he sounds like a native York. Another tame one. Be sure not to let anyone tell you that youre a, A more endearing term for the word idiot or fool is the Irish slang, Yet, still, it is used in a mocking mannerwith a hint of affection. With this knowledge at hand, youll find a good way to empathize with their current situation. For example, Mam cooked some dinner for you. From always working with the public, I often say "Are you okay?" It refers to a young Irish girl, or a, is derived from the old Irish Gaelic term. LOL. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 23, 2012: Thanks mollymeadows for visiting and commenting, I appreciate it! Don't forget to test your slang street cred and your gift of the gab ability, by taking my small quiz at the end! Like very sorry? lol. I wish I'd had your list before we traveled to Ireland in 2010. In Irish Gaelic, it's Is do mhac do mhac inni, ach is d'inon d'inon go deo. 19. The selected samples of fruit and vegetables . Sure you can find that vacation time, your hubs may suffer though!! For example, Ross, ya pox! Here are some Irish phrases that I find my self using CONSTANTLY. I for years always dated foreign men and then met an Irishman on a blind date and that was 5 yrs ago, still going strong!! 2. Shes an awful wagon. (Term of endearment). No one is entirely sure of its origins, but its most probable origination is from the slang to doze-off, meaning to sleep for a short time, or take a nap. Up to 90 means flat out busy doing something. The word 'gas' is Irish slang for funny. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 18, 2012: Hi clevercat, Thanks so much for visiting, glad it gave you a chuckle or two! Riddy - A red face, embarrassed. Nice work :). Have you heard of the new band from across the block? Appreciate your votes and sharing MK!!!! Ah, another Irish phrase that uses a word thats actually meant to describe something hazardous to describe something brilliant. Tory: Irish: Bandit, from the Irish Tory Island, a noted have for bandits and pirates. I may have to pepper my States language with these soon, especially "not the full shilling"! Born in New Ross, County Wexford but we most commonly used the word craic. We use Unreal to describe something that so good its actually hard to believe. Its lashing down.. . Gas, when used by the Irish, means funny.. Meaning of Craic. Yes, savage is also Irish slang for good. I'll have to re-read this to get the full effect of all the phrases! Its worth noting that when someone says that theyre grand, they may not necessarily be so. For example, Sure hes been on the pints all day, hes banjxxed. Weve an almost endless number of ways to describe a person that we dont like in Ireland. A lot of uses, most popular are: reply to how are you, how are you feeling, being told of a decision, We will meet you there - " Grand "; Dinner will be 10 minutes - " Grand ", I had a quick kip before dinner; It was a real kip of a hotel, Three meanings: to rain hard, to make an attempt at something or to go out drinking, It was lashing out of the heavens, Give it a lash or Let's go on the lash Saturday, I was mortified when I realised my mistake, Very difficult or to really want to do something, Finding a taxi was murder, I could murder a Guinness. From the food cooking in their kitchens to the traditions that warm us from the inside out, we can think of endless reasons why we're lucky to have these remarkable women in our lives. "Jaysis, it's quare warm today isn't it?". Id never thought wed make it to the top! Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 24, 2012: What a great hub! How-to-crafts from Ireland on July 03, 2012: A great selection of slang words we use in our daily conversations here in Dublin. Contrary to popular belief this does not mean "great" or anything nearly as enthusiastic. Shes bang on or I had the bike fixed down in Riordains yard last week. The term roots from the Irish word sbn, meaning illegal whiskey. A lesser-known, archaic, but still used term of endearment in some literary referencesit literally means little treasure. The suffix een denotes something diminutive or little in size. Dryshite. It wasnt until a friend from the UK said he didnt know what I was on about the first time we met and I used it in a sentence. Here are top Irish sayings that you will love: 1. For example, Ah, man, the heads bouncing off of me. "Top of the morning to you." I loved this. Acting the maggot - Acting in a particularly foolish manner. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 24, 2012: Thanks Relationshipc, Appreciate your comments and visit! On your next hiking or rock-climbing adventure with your buddies, you can use this term however you want. So, I thought giving out was something used globally genuinely. Bad dose. And whatever end of Paddy's Day you're on, it's always a good time to test them out. We Irish do have some odd words we use everyday! On your next Irish trip, you might hear quite a few locals complaining about their state of. 7. Bookmarked it. dangerous. Today, the term is commonly used for hidden bars that provide good music and a variety of drinks. Yer man is used to describe a man Youll often hear this used when someones describing someone that they dont like, however it can also be used when you dont know someones name. Locked. ur aulfellas a durtburd for sayin i stroked ur scratcher out d gaf man. .OMG, how did that one escape me? But in Ireland, when you say someone is, it means they are at the edge of something agitating. I WILL I'D SAY. LOL maybe due to the fact us Irish are a wee bit mad at times! Translation: A member of the police. Drain da snake : - To take a leak. This term is used for news, gossip, and fun conversations engaged by the locals. For example, Im going to call in sick. On the other hand, "sure look" is a perfect collocation to fill an awkward pause. This is hands-down one of my most-used Irish sayings. Their accent didn't help one bit - especially after a few drinks. For example, Dye see yer wan over there with the red hat? Thank you for sharing those great Irish slang words with us :) Brilliant. Yoke. For example,She won money down the bingo again this week. Need to collect the messages first.. Hes from Malahide, but hes dead on. Drinking Age In Ireland: Drinking Laws And Tips. Circling over Shannon : - To be really drunk. Ireland is the only European nation that has the highest percentage of citizens who speak English as their mother tongue or native language at 97.51%. Here the top 80 most used Irish slang phrases. And who said Strine was an Australian invention? Your gaffers banjaxed, and I feel like I cant conquer Mount Carrauntoohil any longer. Mary Wickison from USA on April 25, 2013: Wonderful. Sorry, cant stop. So in the days of the telegraph and before everyone had phones. Every good costermonger has skill in displaying the front of his stall. Which words did the Irish invent for our own use, and which ones travelled around the globe? Here, you'll find everything from hike and drive guides to funky places to stay and more! There are no strangers here, only friends that we have not yet met. Trap has been used as a slang name for the mouth since at least the 18th century, and rattletrap is just one variation of this theme, alongside dozens of others like potato-trap . This is an Irish phrase thats used to ask someone to wait for you or to stop what youre saying. Quite possibly Irelands greatest linguistic achievement, this phrase is the perfect way to curse without technically cursing. the siphon of a bivalve mollusk (such as a clam). Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 24, 2013: LOL . A more endearing term for the word idiot or fool is the Irish slang eejit. The black stuffs spilling from your gob, laddie. Quare. Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 23, 2015: Suzanne, this was a real interesting read about the top Irish slang words and their meanings. LOL Check out my other Irish hub sometime for a real "flavour" of warped Irish humour! Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on March 17, 2014: Great fun!! Faffing means to do something without actually doing anything. Yer man. I use slang ever day. This Irish expression gets more than its fair share of use and isnt specific to any particular county. Depending on how you use it, boyo (plural: boyos) can refer to a boy or a lad, who is usually younger than the speaker. You could refer to someone that's annoying you as 'That yoke over there' or you could also say 'Here, pass me that yoke there on the counter'. I know. The only way you got those types of correspondences was to get them from the post office which would normally be in your local shop (in rural areas anyway). 17 Easy St. Patricks Day Cocktails + Drinks, 73 Funny St. Patricks Day Jokes For Adults And Kids, Our Favourite St. Patrick Legends And Stories, Ah here you can go and bollox if you think Im doing that = theres absolutely no way that Im doing that, Ive a pain in me bollox with you / listening to you = im annoyed with the situation or the person. Talk about a dope. It shows on your cheeks. For example, Declans been in there for the past hour faffin about the place.. I wish more people write hubs with slangs used in their countries as well. In slang nick N-I-C-K is a verb meaning to steal. The vulgar use of this Irish saying is often heard when someone has an iffy tummy, for example, Ive had a bad dose of the shits all day. Now, for our American readers when we say dope in Ireland, were not talking about anything dodgy. Dive on in below! One can say that the English language is deeply ingrained in the blood of Irish people. This one is usually used the morning after a heavy session when youre explaining why your heads is thumping. Appreciate your votes! Thanks vespawoolf! Here's to you and here's to me, I pray that friends we'll always be, but if by chance we disagree, the heck with you and here's to me. Very interesting and useful as well. Theres more than just one craic in Irish slang. For example, Dont be worrying about it, its grand. We had a wonderful time and although we didn't always understand we had fun trying. Whats the craic? Theyll tell you the secrets to creating the best garden in the world. Glad you enjoyed this you may enjoy the humour in my other Irish hub, so you want to be Irish !! An Irish couple getting married. For example, I still cant believe we won that match. You can use give it a lash in a heap of different ways. You can have "good craic" at the pub as well as hear the "latest craic". For example, I saw you chatting to him for about 4 hours. E's in the Rah. Glad you enjoyed and i appreciate your votes and sharing! Read on to learn to talk like the locals or maybe just understand what they're saying to you! It was some Ogeous handling. 400+ people commented and the guide below was born. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 19, 2012: Thanks anginwu, your a good student of Irish slang then!!! Lets get out for a dander and get some fresh air. This is yet another tame one thats used to describe someone dense. Voted up and shared! The most comprehensive online dictionary of Irish Slang. Pronounced wayne, this word means child.. Heres a handful of slang words that are used to describe a girl/woman. Appreciate your support!! 23. Have fun, you will be talking like a seasoned pro in no time! Cuisle was sometimes paired with ma, giving us macushla, or my darling a term of endearment youll never forget. At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely. You can also use this word to describe something thats bad. 18. The term Paddy Wagon derives from the idea that the Irish were all criminals, and when the police came to quell a brawl or something of the like, they would just be rounding up a bunch of "paddys." Plastic Paddy: Irish: Term used by the Irish describing those who grew up in the a foreign country (specifically the UK) and still identify as being . Appreciate your comment! The hot press is where the boiler is for the hot water and central heating. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 26, 2013: Many thanks for visit and comments. Here are a few Irish colloquialisms to help you understand the next person you meet from Derry, Dublin, or Donegal. "Sleeven" A sleeven is a sly or underhanded person. This genre has endured and stands against the hip and modern music genres introduced in Ireland. Irishmen and women, with shamrock and four-clover leaves, are fans of good luck. Would you like to come with me? For example, He used cooking oil on the lettuce thinking it was salad dressing what an eejit. Sap. OTool gave us about 7 weeks worth of maths homework. If youre from Dublin, you tend to refer to anyone that lives outside of Dublin as A culchie. The word crack came from the Middle English term crak, meaning loud, bragging conversation. This one can be offensive, depending on the context. I lived in NZ for a year and did not hear any Aussies use them either. 'So you were out until all hours last night, show up late for work, took two hours for lunch and now you're leaving early! (p.s., we never say Beantown) I could care less (int. A cute hoor is used to describe someone thats relatively crafty and thats able to mould a situation to benefit themself. Another one thats fairly tame. Were stuck here. Here, I have highlighted the most commonly heard words, their meanings, and provided examples of how they are used in everyday speech. My stomach is in bits. To keep it going, and to make this guide as helpful as possible, Im going to offer myself as an Irish slang translator. Reas our list of some of the most commonly used Irish sayings, phrases & irish slang along with their meanings to help you on your travels in Ireland. The jammy hoor!. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 06, 2013: Nice one buachaildana, quite an appropriate name! If ever there was a Gobdaw its that lad. Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 23, 2012: Voted up and funny. A long time ago I was serving a custodial sentence. Common Irish Slang Words. How ya getting on? Read: I absolutely will not be doing that. For example, He spends his day going between the bookies and the pub. A good destination for your Irish escapade. For example, Yer man was caught last week stealing from the till in Superquinn. If youve read our detailed guide to Irish insults, youll have an idea of the types of slags that Irish people throw at each other. I heard the shebeens in Dublin at night are great places to enjoy good jazzand fresh drinks. Loads of the below words were new to me as well, but Ive lashed them into a section dedicated to Belfast slang. Thon simply means "the" or "those" in a sentence and can be used to describe pretty much anything. For the first day or so, I thought I might be coming down with something. Tenterhooks are hooks used to fasten cloth, either on a wall or a frame, for drying. Aye . He does be flying around the garden like hes possessed.. Looking for some fun Irish slang words and phrases? Speaking of minus craic, "Dryshite" is a term used to refer to someone who is boring and no fun. If someone says "the craic was 90" it means the fun, laughter and joviality was amazing. During your trip, if an Irish local or your best friend calls you their, Stems from the more common English term crack. May the Irish hills caress you. There are two peelers coming up the road there. Funny reading that as I have taught Irish slang to students abroad :). A two-day short trip around the best tourist spots in Ireland is quite a storeen. Yes. You are destined for success in writing. Jar - is slang for a pint of beer. Try these handy Irish phrases to fit right in: " Stop acting the maggot " - Acting in a foolish manner. Details Parent Category: Irish Slang Phrases Slang: Fighting Talk. The people from Northern England and Scotland borrowed the word that denoted a meaning for conversation or news. The term whats the crack essentially means, how are you, or have you any news? Interestingly, crack was borrowed from the Irish term craic, and was re-borrowed! May the luck of the Irish enfold you. .thank YOU for your kind comments as well. For example,Their kitchen is manky. Appreciate your reading,votes and sharing! I can sense that. Minus craic is the polar opposite to Having the craic and is used to describe a situation when there was absolutely zero fun being had. Bang on is generally used as a response and is another bit of Irish slang for good. Glad you enjoyed it was fun putting together! If someone told me they were shattered, I'd think they were drunk not tired! Another word for eejit. Quare Mor ya, you dont have a brother, Eddie! Can you help? So, it does your nut in, doin' my nut in . It is my storeen. Wind yer neck in . 2023 Minute Media - All Rights Reserved. Take it from this Irishwoman though: you shouldn't go around Dublin calling people "eejits" anytime soon. Dad, weve only climbed less than a hundred feet. Tae: Tea. Wind yer neck in . E nglish is the de facto national language of Britain, but that doesn't mean you'll take to the vernacular like a duck to water. Caleb, help me find the jacks in this bar, quickly. performing good trade at the old marketplace. In an attempt to discover more Irish expressions, lingo, and slang that may be causing people trouble, I asked the 250,000+ Irish Road Trip community what their favourite bit of Irish slang was. And actually this is one that was made famous by the fantastic Father Ted series. An Irish blessing - "May the road rise to meet you." From the Gaelic "Go n-iri an bthar leat," which means "may success be with you". A Galway term for prison, e.g 'don't steal, you'll end up in the clinker' Cop on 'Cop on' is a general catch-all term for having common sense or intelligence in any situation. Way back, uncut liquor and alcoholic beverages were sold in Ireland in unlicensed bars and clubs in Ireland. But it's meaning is pretty simple. Fair play is an Irish expression used to congratulate someone. Derived from the Irish Gaelic word brog, a shoe, or from Old Norse, broc, meaning leg covering. In his great dictionary of slang, Eric Partridge traced the origins of "hard neck" - meaning "extreme impudence" - to about 1870, and attributed it to two groups of people: "Anglo-Irish" and . For example, Hes a cute hoor that fella, always manages to get a free ticket to the concerts in the Phoenix Park. This word is used as a verb and it means to make a joke at someone elses expense. because I love the IRISH. For example, That chicken fillet roll was class. Love the lists and entertaining hub. 'Mucker'- an endearing term to describe a friend. Craic is a versatile word that can be used in a number of situations. As long as it didn't put you off visiting our wee Emerald Isle! Gaelic has been all but wiped out of existence in Ireland. The word Culchie is used to describe someone living in a remote part of Ireland. Looking forward to reading more. Fancy a pint?. If you hear a barrage of swear words coming from an Irish person and ask them what's wrong, it's likely they'll reply "The F$@ %&*! These meanings portray left-hand people as weird outcasts of or Irish society. This is a well-written, fun hub. For example, Ah, nice one! said Karen, as she took the bag of chips from Kate. When you first hear the word "yonks" used in Ireland, you might be a little confused. Or, it could also mean that something is not working properly, like a tourist van or a cellular device. We like to read this as one of the greatest Southern encouragements, but, like most of these phrases, you can use it however you'd like. Mary Strain from The Shire on August 23, 2012: Loved this! I am so glad you enjoyed this compilation of Irish slang. Cailln maith meaning 'good girl' became a way of refering to your girl friend. A country that had been a part of my life since I was 14 because of my love for Irish music and bands. Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on July 18, 2012: Yes! A couple of trad music sessions are commonly found in local pubs and public areas around Ireland. An old Irish slang word used to describe someone thats a chancer. On your trip to a nearby pub in Ireland, you might hear most young Irishmen refer to their fathers as their, National Flag of Ireland: History and Symbolism, My gaffer and mums currently staying at Dromoland Castle Hotel in, Annie and Agatha took a gander at the glassed jar that contained the, Gamers actually use this term quite a lot, with the same meaning and context. Irish Slang Word #22: Deadly or Savage What it means: A more extreme way of saying awesome in Irish slang is deadly or savage. Down the Swanee : - Down the drain. But maybe thats because Im getting old and getting out less Sarahs new fella was out last night. or perhaps, touched by the Devil himself. Actually, its used to describe anything. Voted Up and Sharing, then I'm off to the Jacks! A more extreme way of saying awesome in Irish slang is deadly or savage. !lol Appreciate your support and comments! The slang is much similar to the Irish word ciotach, meaning clumsy. This is another Irish expression for describing kissing. Irish Slang Words, Jokes, Funny Irish images, Irish memes, Irish Sayings, Irish Slang Terms, Irish Phrases and more. The post on Instagram unearthed a good chunk of Irish slang words that Id never heard of.