1. Yer man

That man over there….. or pretty much any man that we are referring to for the purpose of a story. For example, “Yer man behind the counter said to me….”. We do not mean that the man BELONGS to you. He is not YOUR man. He’s simply yer man over there.

2. Yer one

The female equivalent of yer man. (often pronounced yer wan)

3. Yoke

Thingy. For example, “Where’s that yoke gone?” simply means “Where has that random thing gone that I was looking for?”. Yoke can also refer to a person that you are horrified by. eg. “some f*in yoke sat beside me on the bus”.

4. Scarlet for ya

How embarrassing for you. The long version is “scarlet for your ma for having ya”. That basically means that you did something EXTREMELY embarrassing and should probably be disowned.

5. Grand

This is our most used response to any question. Contrary to popular belief this does not mean “great” or anything nearly as enthusiastic. Grand generally means “OK” or “fine”. Example, “Tara, I’m going to the shop”, and I would reply “grand”.

6. I gave out to him

This is not sexual! This simply means “I told him off”, or “I scolded him”. Many a time I have used this phrase only to be met with confused faces asking me what exactly I gave the person.

7. Fierce

Mainly used by country folk. Basically means VERY. Example, “It’s fierce windy out.”

8. Bleedin

Used descriptively but not literally. Can basically be shoved into a sentence anywhere. Example. “where’s me bleedin phone?” or “That film was bleedin deadly”. Kind of used in place of an expletive.

9. All over the shop

A state or a mess. Used descriptively. For example, “Me hair is all over the shop.”.

10. He’s gone for his tea

Often used when watching a film and a character dies. Someone will usually exclaim, “Well, he’s gone for his tea”.

11. He scared the bejaysus/bejesus out of me

Bejaysus basically means shit/hell/f*ck here. He scared the shit out of me.

12. Sickner for ya

This pretty much means, “That sucks” or “How unfortunate for you”. For example, a friend might say “I was smoking down the lanes and then me ma caught me” and one could respond “Awww sickner”.

13. Culchie

A person from the country, or basically anyone that comes from anywhere other than Dublin.

14. Jackeen

What culchies call people from Dublin

15. Rasher


16. Spicebag

A mystical bag of chips and crispy chicken/chicken balls with a mysterious blend of spices all wrapped up in a paper or foil bag. Very popular after a night out.

17. Sliced pan

Loaf of bread that has been sliced.

18. Chipper

The fish and chip shop, where they also sell spicebags.

19. The messages

Groceries or food shopping. For example, “I’m going to Tesco for the messages.”

20. The press

The cupboard, usually where you store the messages.

21. Naggin

200ml of some kind of spirit, often stashed in bras or bags on the way into nightclubs/festivals.

22. Minerals

Soft/fizzy drinks. They don’t actually contain any minerals and are in no way healthy.

23. Dilutable

What other countries call “squash”. Basically stuff like Ribena that you put into water to make it taste like something else.

24. Geebag

Translated literally it means a bag of vaginas, but we usually mean is as an insult, though I can’t see why! For example, She’s an effin Geebag. Try it; it sounds hilarious.

25. Gobshite

Gob means mouth…and well, you know what shite means. This is often used affectionately when referring to simple yet harmless friends and family. It can also be used in an unaffectionate way.

26. Poxy

Something or someone that is bad or terrible. Used as an adjective….kind of. Example “You’re a poxy bleedin liar,” or “That poxy yoke over there.”

27. The f*kin head on him

Look at him — he looks wrecked. Can also be said as “The bleedin state of him” or “The hack of him.”

28. Eejit

Often used affectionately, much like gobshite. If you drop something your mother may say something along the lines of “You’re an awful eejit.”

29. Shitehawk

One I heard in my childhood a lot. If my sister and I were acting up we were “little shitehawks”. I feel like a lot of insults can be used affectionately in Ireland.

30. She’s a f*in weapon/wagon

She’s a mad bitch, pretty much.

31. She’s pure haunty

This is a Limerick phrase meaning she’s an unfortunate looking girl wearing a lot of make-up to try and cover it up. Harsh, but effective.

32. Did you get the shift?

Did you kiss anyone?

33. Did you get the ride?

Did you have sexual intercourse with anyone?

34. I was absolutely locked/hammered/smashed/legless/paralytic

I was extremely drunk.

35. I’m going on the lash

I’m going out to get f*in hammered/locked etc.

36. Gee-eyed

Literally, it means vagina-eyed, but, in fact, it means DRUNK. One might say “I was absolutely gee-eyed last night.”

37 I’m knackered

I’m extremely tired.

38. Are ya goin for a fag?

This isn’t quite as politically incorrect as it sounds. A fag is a cigarette. So this means, are you going outside for a smoke/cigarette?

39. Me mot/motzer

My girlfriend. You can also refer to a group of females as “mots”. For example, “This places is full of mots”.

40. F*kin TUNE!

Great song! Love this song! Usually exclaimed before legging it to the dance floor.

41. You’re the image of massive

You look great! Can also be said as “You’re massive,” which, counter-intuitively enough, is actually a compliment.

42. Gaff party

Gaff means HOUSE. So this means a house party.

43. Giving it socks

Really going for it. Putting a lot of energy into something. For example, “Yer man was giving it socks on the dancefloor last night.”

44. The Jacks

The toilet. For example, “I’m going to the Jacks.” Can also be referred to as “The bog.”

45. The Drinklink

ATM or hole in the wall from which to withdraw cash that shall be used to purchase alcohol.

46. Story horse/bud?

Basically: “How are you my friend?” A shortened version of “What’s the story?” Horse refers to a friend, not an actual horse.

47. What’s the craic?

Same as above. How are you? Any news?

48. Ah sure ya know yourself

This just means fine. Same old same old. Considered a valid answer to a question.

49. I will in me hole/hoop/arse

I will not. If you are asked to do something you do not want to do, or which seems unreasonable, this is an appropriate response.

50. I will yeah

This also means “no.” We like to keep people on their toes.

51. I’ll do it now in a minute

Not quite now…not quite in a minute. It really means I’ll do it whenever I’m bothered.

52. Me arse!

Similar to “as if” or “yeah right”. Often used as an exclamation when you believe something to be untrue. For example if Johno said he got the ride off 4 girls in one night his friends may exclaim “me arse you did!” or just simply “me arse”. Because Johno is a bleedin liar.

53. Thanks a million

Basically just “Thanks” in a nicer way. People in England find this hilarious.

54. Stall it to the chipper with me

Let’s go to the chip shop.

This article originally appeared on WhereisTara.com and is republished here with permission.

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