Slainte, you lovers of all things Celtic! The magical island of Ireland has spawned generations of mystical legends and lore, and not a little lingo. How much do you know about Irish slang?
The telly, of course, is the television. Telly is a common word for TV in the areas around the United Kingdom.
"Fair play to you, little one." It means that they did a good job.
If something -- anything -- is "brilliant," it is rather good. Or it might even be great.
Oh, your little boy is in bits because you won't let him eat that food he found in the dirt. "In bits" means very upset.
If something is "grand," it's rather good. And an attractive redhead in Ireland is a grand thing, indeed.
"Topped" means killed. "Poor Joseph, he went off to the war and got topped. I guess we'll see his whole family at the wake."
You'll want a lot of "snaps" of the places you see in Ireland. And if you meet some nice people, you might want pictures of them, too.
A spalpeen is kind of an irresponsible moron. So you probably don't want that kind of future for your red-headed child.
In Ireland, a craic is a good, rollicking time. Whether you're a local or a tourist, a craic is always a welcome respite from hard times.
In Ireland, during a good craic, many people will say, "slainte!" It means cheers, and it's pronounced, "slon-chuh."
To be legless means to be drunk. Because when you're really drunk, you can't seem to get your legs under you.
"Come on now, give out. It'll make you feel better if you talk about how awful your boss is."
Sometimes you have to really press some one to pay attention to you. "Come here to me," and listen up, because I have something important to say to you.
"Watch out for that McVicker guy, he drank too much and now he's jarred!" Jarred means overly intoxicated.
"He was right angry after his cow got hit by that train!" "Right" is often used to describe the intensity of a statement or condition.
It's a pleasantry and a point of small talk. "How are you keeping" simply means, "How are you doing?"
It's a phrase with agricultural origins. "How's she cutting," is a phrase often used to ask someone how they are doing.
The "skip" is the garbage bin. So if you need to throw something in the skip, make sure it belongs there or you'll never get it back.
When the worst of life hits, you might feel gutted. It means that you're very, very upset about something.
A gurrier is a juvenile delinquent. If he can't change his ways, he'll get arrested.
It means it's broken. "That tractor is banjaxed! Now we'll never get our chores done in time to join in the craic!"
"That weird lad, he's not the full shilling." It means that someone isn't all there, perhaps out of stupidity or just bad genes.
Something that's deadly isn't likely to kill you. It means that something is really, really great.
Drisheen is a type of blood sausage. So you'd be likely to eat it, and you'll love it, we promise!
This one isn't unique to just Ireland. If you call on someone, it means you're visiting them in person.
"Lay off, man, I'm tired of feeling wrecked over this potato famine!" To "lay off" means to leave someone alone.
Too much of that Irish bitter and now you have to pee. Better find the jacks so you can relieve yourself!
Too much Irish beer might result in a row, or a fight. Row rhymes with cow, not how.
Too much of the craic will leave you feeling a wee bit weary. Better take a kip (nap) and rest up a bit.
After working all day long and then partying with your friends all night, you're wrecked. You need a kip, or better yet, a good night's sleep.