Explore the language of Irish English, from ‘gobdaw’ to ‘hooley’
Today is St Patrick’s Day, which seems a perfect excuse to not only go out for a few beers and perhaps a couple of glasses of usquebaugh, but also to take a closer look at some Irish English words. However you choose to celebrate today, whether you’re planning to dance your socks off at a ceilidh or end up acting the maggot at some hooley, we hope you have great gas and it puts a big beaming smile on your coupon.
And if you’re feeling a bit bockety after all these celebrations, why not have a sit down with a nice cuppa and explore some more wonderfully colourful Irish English words? Here’s a selection of Irish English words, from gobdaw to pishogue…
A superstitious belief.
A foolish or pretentious person.
A girl or young woman.
Expressing excitement or strong emotion
Foolish or untrue talk or writing; nonsense.
An extra or irregular job, the income from which is not declared for taxation purposes.
A narrow country road.
A thing whose name one cannot recall, does not know, or does not wish to specify.
An untrustworthy or cunning person.
Play truant from school.
A mean, unpleasant, or contemptible person.
A wild or noisy party.