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 and their meanings!
Common Irish Sayings
1. Your “oul fella” and your “oul wan”
These terms refer to your father and your mother respectively
A sleeven is a sly or underhanded person
3. Acting the maggot
Up to no good and probably performing some kind of mischief
Very very drunk!
5. Happy Out
Content in your current surroundings
6. Awful good
In Ireland awful can also mean very as in “the weather was awful good”
Derived from the word queer, also another word for very
8. Donkeys Years
Refers to an awful lot of years !
9. Any Use?
Was it good?
10. The Jacks
If something is done the wrong way it’s done arseways
12. Go way outta that
An expression of disbelief or refusal
13 A whale of a time
A really good time
14 “Sure look it”
Commonly used and fits in after any sentence meaning we’ll carry on or get on with things
15 “Sure Listen”
Similar to the above while not actually meaning”listen to me”
Common in rural Ireland. It fits before your name if they don’t believe you, are disappointed, surprised and just about any other feeling
17. Its grand
18. The craic was 90
The fun and atmosphere was excellent
19 I will yeah
Said when the person has no intention on doing what you just asked them to do
20 A bag of tayto
A packet of crisps
22. I’m knackered
You’re exhausted, very tired
23. Great drying out
The weather is nice and it’s great day to dry the clothes on a washing line
24. Feck off
A less offensive version of F*** off
25. Will you have a mineral?
Will you have a soft drink?
26. 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!