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Brace yourself for these great Irish insults. Photo by: Photocall Ireland

Ten great Irish insults you may need to know someday

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Brace yourself for these great Irish insults. Photo by: Photocall Ireland

Ever wonder what it is like to be insulted in Gaelic? Or just in Irish English?

Try some of these insults out next time you get annoyed with someone. If these work, your husband/ wife/ boyfriend/ girlfriend/ cat/ dog will likely throw some of them at you.

A Gobshite:

Gobshite insult
Image: Photocall Ireland

A loud-mouthed person who talks a lot, but says nothing of any value – as in nonsense coming out of their gob (mouth).

"Shut it, you little gobshite!"

Cute Hoor:

Cute Hoor politicians
Politicians (pictured: Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern) are often referred to as "Cute Hoors." Image: Photocall Ireland.

Not what it sounds like. This means a sneaky but clever person, and is used usually when referring to politicians.

“He’s a right cute hoor.”

Amadán (pronounced oma-dawn):

Amadan Jedward
Some, like Jedward, are laughing all the way to the bank. Image: Photocall Ireland

An idiot. This is Gaelic for stupid or feckless.

“You are nothing but an amadán.”

Oinseach (pronounced ownshuck):

Oinseach woman glasses
Image: Photocall Ireland

Female equivalent of an amadán. This one is not as widely used.

Luadraman (pronounced Lew-drom-awn):

luadraman
Image: Photocall Ireland

A waster, a twit, a slow-thinking fella, often used in a semi-affectionate way.

"He’s a right luadraman."

Póg mo thón:

Insults fighting fans
Image: Photocall Ireland

No translation necessary.

Bostún:

Bostun AIB tapes
Image: Photocall Ireland

Gaelic for b***ard, a fairly serious insult in Gaelic.

He/She’s away with the fairies:

Away with the faeries
Image: Photocall Ireland

Meaning they’re out of it, completely detached, no sense talking to them.

Gombeen:

Gombeen illustration
Image: Photocall Ireland

A right chancer, usually someone trying to take advantage.

Plámáser (pronounced plam-awser):

Plamasar
Image: Photocall Ireland

From the Gaelic to praise, except used in the context of fake praise in an attempt to get something.

“He’s a right plamaser.”

Gobdaw:

Gobdaw
Image: Photocall Ireland

The same as Gobshite, idiot or fool.

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