Hi everyone. Greetings from a very sunny spring-like Dublin. So last week I shared my week-long Irish road trip blog to give you some travel ideas if you’re planning a trip to Ireland this year. If you do find yourself in the Emerald Isle, chances are you’ll find yourself in an Irish pub. Irish people have a unique relationship with the English language so while there you may hear some common Irish sayings and wonder what on earth people are talking about! So here’s a list of some of the most commonly used Irish sayings, Irish slang words and their meanings!
Common Irish Phrases
- 1. Your “oul fella” and your “oul wan” These terms refer to your father and your mother respectively
2. “Sleeven” A sleeven is a sly or underhanded person
- 3. Fluthered
Very very drunk!
- 4. Happy Out
Content in your current surroundings
- 5. Awful good
In Ireland awful can also mean very as in “the weather was awful good”
- 6. Quare
Derived from the word queer, also another word for very
- 7. Donkeys Years
Refers to an awful lot of years !
- 8. Any Use?
Was it good?
- 9. The Jacks
- 10. Arseways
If something is done the wrong way it’s done arseways
- 11. Go way outta that
An expression of disbelief or refusal
- 12 A whale of a time
A really good time
- 13 “Sure look it”
Commonly used and fits in after any sentence meaning we’ll carry on or get on with things
- 14 “Sure Listen”
Similar to the above while not actually meaning”listen to me”
- 15 “Ara”
Common in rural Ireland. It fits before your name if they don’t believe you, are disappointed, surprised and just about any other feeling
- 16. Its grand
- 17. The craic was 90
The fun and atmosphere was excellent
- 18. I will yeah
Said when the person has no intention on doing what you just asked them to do
- 19. A bag of tayto
A packet of crisps
- 20. I’m knackered
You’re exhausted, very tired
- 21. Great drying out
The weather is nice and it’s great day to dry the clothes on a washing line
- 22. Feck off
A less offensive version of F*** off
- 23. Will you have a mineral?
Will you have a soft drink?
- 24 I’m going on the gargle/piss/batter
Your going out for a drink, and you may not return for days
So there you have it. Memorize the above Irish sayings and you’ll fit right in!
See you next week
Slán go fóill!