There are many Irish sayings and words of wisdom that stand the test of time.
Unfortunately, there are also quite a few old Irish sayings that are so unbelievably sexist they barely warrant repeating.
Here is a collection of the more unsavory and archaic Irish sayings, which no Irish woman should put up with hearing today, and no Irish man should even think about uttering.
“Women are shy and shame prevents them from refusing a man.”
“Women are stronger than men, they do not die of wisdom.”
“An excuse is nearer to a woman than her apron.”
“A woman without is she who has neither pipe nor child.
“It is not the most beautiful woman who has the most sense.”
“Irish beauty ... a woman with two black eyes.”
“Beauty won’t make the pot boil.”
“An inch of a lad is better than a foot of a girl.”
“A drunken woman is lost to shame.”
“It’s why women marry ... the creatures, God bless them, are too shy to say no.”
“A bad wife takes advice from everyone but her husband.”
“The carefree mother’s daughter makes a bad wife.”
“It’s a lonesome washing that there’s not a (man’s) shirt in.”
* Originally published June 2015.