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Images from "The Quiet Man" help illustrate popular Irish sayings. Photo by: Google Images

Ten Irish expressions you’ll have no clue what they mean

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Images from "The Quiet Man" help illustrate popular Irish sayings. Photo by: Google Images

The Irish have a wonderful way with language, to the point that outsiders can hardly understand at times. Here are some examples, using images from the quintessential Irish movie, "The Quiet Man," for illustration purposes.

1.What’s the craic?
Quiet Man / How's the craic?

How is everything going, what is going on?

2. Up the Yard.
Qite Man / Up the yard

As in “Get up the yard” get out of here, get lost, I don’t believe you.

3. “Brass monkeys today”
The Quioet Man / Brass monkeys

Weather cold enough to freeze – well you know

4. “Howaboutya?”
The Quiet Man / Howaboutye

How are you how are you doing, especially in the North.

5. “She’s in bed with the doctor.”
The Quiet Man / In Bed with doctor

Not what you think, just means the doctor has been called.

6. “Give it a lash lads”
The Quiet Man / Give it a lash

Give it a shot, try your very best

7. “God between us and all harm.”
The Quiet Man / God between us

When you hear bad news.

8. “Hold your hour.”
The Quiet Man / Hold your hour

Hang around, stay, usually uttered in a pub, hold your hour and have another.

9. ”A load of bollocks”
The Quiet Man / Load of bollix

Nonsense, garbage.

10. “Acting the maggot."
The Quiet Man / Acting the maggot

Acting the fool or the idiot.
 

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