Today's the day! So why not celebrate your Irish ancestry by learning a few key Irish words and phrases to unlock the lingo of your forbearers? Take the Irish Central challenge this Saint Patrick's Day and impress your friends and neighbors with some authentic Irish expressions.
Irish Slang To Get You Started:
Acting the Maggot
Acting in a lighthearted, non-serious manner
Would you ever stop acting the maggot and peel those spuds, like?
Your own, or anyone else's, mother
Is that your aul wan waiting for you at the school gate?
Did you ever see so many Betty's in the one place, like? We're laughing.
If he doesn't stop singing Ice Ice Baby soon I'm going to hit him a clatter on the beak.
A rural person (offensive)
There must be a new tractor show. The town's overrun with boggers, like.
A person who continually pushes their luck
That government minister's a right fecking chancer.
I'll give you such a clatter on the gob you'll need a team of nurses, like.
A highly manipulative person
he's some cute hoor that lad, isn't he? Started off in the mail room and now he's running the company.
An individual of little personal charm
Jaysus, your cousin Michael's an awful dose. Where did you find him?
You're an awful fecking eject, do you know that?
Hiberno corruption of the Anglo Saxonism
Feck me, lads. Get to feck. Who's that big fecker?
Hi, where's the jacks I'm busting?
Offensive, displeasing to the eye or nose
You couldn't eat that there fish, Majella, it's mingin'
Your man over there's plastered, don't let him drive anyone home.
Your man got up and sang a wee song then and it was savage altogether.
Any chance of a cup of scald there missus?
Absurdist catch-all insult
Away to hell you feckin' sky pilot!
Dolt, foolish person
Your brother Aidan is a complete feckin' tool.
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