If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, or just a jaunt to an Irish enclave in your city, knowing some funny Irish words and phrases can do a lot to increase your popularity (or give you a head’s up on what the Irish natives are saying!)
Just keep your cool and bide your time. You don’t want to be deemed “thick as a plank” or "not the full shilling" (as in “stupid”), or called a “glunterpeck” (Irish slang for an idiot.)
In fact, if you jump in too fast without knowing how it’s done, the locals might just “slag” you. No, they won’t be throwing gravel at you. Slagging is a form of light mockery. They’d just be making fun of you, but don’t take it to heart. They mean well. They're merely playing around with your head.
The Irish have an excellent sense of humor, and if you spend much time around them, you’ll discover it for yourself.
If an Irishman agrees with your opinions or actions, they wish "fair play to you." If all is going very well, you will be "suckn diesel."
These are just some of the funny Irish words and phrases you can pick up if you keep your ear to the ground.
Stout, whiskey and ale are the Irish drinks of choice. But don’t overindulge, or the bar patrons might think you’re “fluthered.” That’s when you can’t keep your butt on your bar stool.
Want a pint of great stout? Don’t ask for a glass. Tell the bartender you’re in the market for a pint of “the black stuff.” That’s the local Guinness stout of which the Irish are so fond.
If you’d rather have a shot of vodka in your Coke, ask for a “volvo.” That’s how the Irishmen ask for their vodka/Coke drinks.
A night on the town, with a substantial measure of bar hopping, is known as being “on the rip" or "out on the razzle.”
If you’re really sloshed, you’re "As full as a Catholic school," "bladdered," or “langered.” If you’re under the table, the locals will say you’re “steamin'," "two sheets to the wind,” or “plastered” (the latter word being one that’s common in American lingo.)
Sometimes it’s best to forego the booze, and have a “mineral” (a soft drink.) Your head will thank you tomorrow.
The Irish have a huge variety of words from which to choose to colorfully describe alcoholic overindulgence!
Want to avoid food poisoning or bedbugs? Stay out of any local hostelry that the Irish consider to be a “kip.”
On the other hand, if a restaurant serves superb food, it’s “me daza,” or, in other words, it’s excellent food. That’s a slang term particular to the Cork area.
Take your umbrella with you if it’s “lashing” out, or if you forgot it, just “leg it off” (meaning run quickly.) If you solved the problem by putting a newspaper on your head to keep out the rain, the locals will approve and say you’re “sucking diesel,” which means that you are doing something well.
If you meet a pal who introduces you to his parents, you may not understand the lingo. An “oul fella” is Dad, and Mom is the “oul dear” or the “oul wan.” A girlfriend is “oul doll.”
But in Ireland, you’d be going to the “pictures” if you want to see a movie. After all that running around, you might be a bit “shattered” (as in tired), but beware of pickpockets. In Dublin, a sly person you have to keep your eye on is a “sleeveen,” and it’s used to describe non-Dubliners or an unsophisticated person from a rural background.
Keep your ears open, and you’re very apt to hear even more funny Irish words and phrases.