We all know the Irish have a way with words and wit.

Here are our selections for the top ten uniquely Irish insults from the top 100 list compiled by Frank McNally for the Irish Times.

1. The tide wouldn’t take her out.

2. A bigger bollocks never put his arm through a coat.

3. If it was raining soup, he’d be holding a fork.

4. As thick as manure but not as useful.

5. The evil of two lessers.


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6. He has Irish Alzheimer’s: it makes you forget everything except the grudges.

May a cat eat you, and may the devil eat the cat.

8. Short life to you on this side and hell on the other!

9. If you laid all the economists in the world end to end, they still wouldn’t reach a conclusion.

10. The Irish are a fair people. They never speak well of one another.