IrishCentral dishes out the meanings behind popular Irish phrases and sayings
Irish and Irish Americans tend to throw around phrases like "Slainte" and "Top of the morning to ye" but how many of us really know what these beloved Irish phrases really mean? Whether it's St. Patrick's Day or not it's good to know the truths behind these Irish saying and catch phrases.
Here are some of the top Irish sayings and what they mean:
"May the road rise to meet you"
From the Gaelic "Go n-éiri an bóthar leat," which means may success be with you.
"Top of the morning to you."
Hollywood invention, never used in Ireland.
"And the rest of the day to yourself."
Meaning good health. Sláinte is the Gaelic word for health. Also used in place of "cheers".
Meaning farewell. Slán is the Gaelic word for safe so it means keep safe.
"Erin go Bragh"
Meaning "Ireland forever" in Gaelic.
"A hundred thousand welcomes."
From the Gaelic “Céad Mile Fáilte” which means literally that.
"Dia is Muire Dhuit"
Meaning hello in Gaelic. The phrase literally means "God and Mary with you."
"Dia is Mhuire Duit agus Padraig"
How the person responds,"God and Mary and St. Patrick with you."
"Póg Mo Thóin"
Yes, it means what you think it does, Gaelic for kiss my a**.
* Originally published in March 2014.