Craic is the Irish word that most confuses outsiders. Yet it is a relatively simple concept. It is the atmosphere, fun, carry on surrounding a particular night out. ”How was the craic” is the first question uppermost in most young Irish minds after a weekend.
Her’s the encyclopedia definition:
"Craic" (/kræk/ KRACK), or "crack", is a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland. It is often used with the definite article – the craic.
Here we rate the six kinds of craic (actually an English word which for some reason is in every Irish person’s soul).
1. Good craic: A fairly ok night out, fun but nothing too amazing.
2. Mighty craic: Better than good craic, not quite at the highest level, someone did some crazy stuff maybe.
3. Savage craic: Almost there, great night all together, everyone on top firm, Guinness flowing, great jokes.
4. Deadly craic: A step above savage but not quit the Everest moment.
5. The craic was ninety: The nirvana of craic, everything was amazing, incredible, everyone hooked up, the pints were great.
No one quite sure how the word ninety came into it--a famous Christy Moore song “The craic was ninety in the Isle of Man” maybe.
6. Minus craic: That’s when a night goes wrong and essentially you’d have had more fun in a mausoleum.
So there are the six kinds of craic!