Irish Slang 101
This week I decided to be a bit less formal and share some of the slang that I have learned since living in Ireland. It’s much different than hearing people saying things like “send it” or referring to something as “lit.”
Here is a glimpse:
Grand - It’s not okay, it’s not great, it’s just grand.
Gas - Fun, enjoyment. Example: “Last night was gas.”
How do/did you find… - Similar to how did you like? Example: “How did you find Galway?” My initial response: “Um, I took the bus?”
Rubbish - Trash.
Craic - Used in many contexts, but mostly involving fun or gossip. “Great craic” would be for something fun.
Lads - A better version of saying your guy friends.
Mates - Friends.
Bollox - A less aggressive version of the F-word. When I heard a man on the street say “Bollox!” I knew it was my queue to avoid him.
Queue - You don’t wait in a line here, you wait in a queue.
Proper - Everyone uses proper. “Let’s go for a proper drink.”
Pint - beer. You go get a pint at the pub, not a beer at the bar. ** Irish Slang includes many words that relate to their pub/drinking culture. Locked, Pissed, Rounds, Cans, Jammers and more.
Taking a piss - Joking. They aren’t urinating, someone is just joshing with ya.
Sound - Used in many contexts. Reliable. A favor, that is usually unexpected.
Dodgy - Urban dictionary hits it on the head - a British version of shady.
Half 7 - The time 7:30. Instead of saying quarter til x, they use halves.
Trousers - Pants.
There are many more that I’ve missed, but you’ll have to learn them when you visit Ireland in your lifetime.