Do the Irish speak a foreign language?
Tom down under
Tom, from a rural part of County Mayo, during his first few weeks in Sydney, Australia, thought the folks were somewhat rude. Every time Tom asked them how they were doing, they would never respond. It took Tom several weeks to realize the question he put to them, “HOW’S SHE CUTTIN” (literally translated as how are you doing to either a male or female) was not being understood by the Australians. One girl finally asked Tom, “Who is the she you are referring to and what was she supposed to be cutting?”
Deirdre on 34th Street
Deirdre, a not so young woman from County Dublin was visiting her friends in New York. Deirdre, when asked what she thought of the Empire State Building, told her American friends it was "DYNAMITE.”
They asked her to repeat it again. She did. They were clueless to her meaning.
In Ireland dynamite can be used to either a) blow up something or b) to describe something as brilliant, wonderful, fantastic. Deirdre had no plans on her vacation to blow anything up. She simply meant the Empire State Building was “awesome”
Larry in beantown
Larry, a handsome young fella from Cork City had been in Boston only a few weeks when he agreed to go on a blind date. The pair arranged to meet at a bar at 10p.m. on Saturday night. However, the girl was a no show.
Bummed, Larry text his American friends the following, “I got a fifty.”
What Larry meant: he was stood up (as in only 50 percent of the couple was present).
Larry’s friends thought his new woman paid him $50 to leave her alone! Larry was quick never to use that phrase again.