Understanding the Irish brogue - a guide to Ireland’s colourful language
How to understand what they're really saying
This is a very common Irish expression that loosely means fun. However, it is especially used in relation to Ireland's pub culture, and in association with music. As in, "My God, we had some craic in the pub last night!" (We had a great time in the pub last night.) Other associated expressions include, "So what's the craic?" ("What's up?") "The craic was mighty!" ("It was a lot of fun!") "She is some craic on a night out" ("She is good fun when she goes out.")
An idiot. "He's a right eejit altogether." (He is a complete idiot.) In terms of offensiveness, this is very mild.
This simply means "well done." As in, "fair play to you for getting the job."
Farting around can basically be translated as "goofing around."
"God, I didn't get a thing done at work all day to day - I was farting around the whole time"
When Irish person uses "do" as a noun, as in "a do," this refers to a party or a gathering.
"It was some do they put on last night, wasn't it?"
"Go on outta that"
Literally means, "Go on out of that" and translates as "No way!" or, "Get out of here"
Frank: "So I scored four goals at the game last week."
Jim: "Go on outta that! You did not score four goals at the game."
A mildly offensive term for an idiot.
How's the form?
"How are you?" To which you might reply, "I'm in great form, thanks." Can also be used in the sense, "He was in awfully bad form last night." ("He was bad humored last night.")
They're only saying goodbye, they're not actually wishing you any sort of luck at all.
And for a good introduction into the proper usage of words like "feck", "bollocks" and "arse" , check out the above clip of the classic Irish sitcom, "Fr. Ted."
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Originally published 2010
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