What better folks to teach the world how to say hello than the nation of "Céad míle fáilte" (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes) Ireland. Here are the top Irish greetings in Irish slang.
Today (Nov 21) is World Hello Day. A secular holiday observed annually to express that conflicts should be resolved through communication rather than the use of force. Participants verbally greet ten people or more on that day as an expression of the importance of personal communication in preserving peace. We're here to teach the world just a few more ways to say hello!
The Irish greeting can be a confusing one for the tourist or traveler, who often don't understand the phrases for hello in Irish slang. Nevermind how to say an Irish greeting in Gaelic, it's hard enough to get around the Irish greeting hello when it's being said in English.
The wonderful world of spoken English in Ireland once again imposes itself on the daily greeting. Different folks, as you quickly learn, will say hello in different ways. Here's a look through at the various phrases for the Irish greeting for hello:
How are you?:
Grander, noble folk.
How goes the battle?:
Young lads, having fun with each other.
How’s the craic?:
Lads and girls, saying hello.
How in the name of Jaysus are ya?:
Usually asked with concern, after a night drinking, perhaps.
How’s the form?:
Breezy, young business types mostly.
How’s the lad?:
Male bonding stuff.
How the hell are you?:
After you’ve been ill, first appearance back.
How’s the man?:
When you haven’t seen someone for a while.
How’s it going there?:
Usually to a stranger.
As in what the feck was going on last night.
How would you say hello in Irish slang? What's your favorite Irish greeting? Let us know in the comments section.
* Originally published in 2016.