Your guide to Irish slang
Irish slang – the complete guide.
Sam, originally from Jordan, is part of the team at INTO Queen’s University of Belfast and has recently moved to Ireland.
At first, she found it tricky to understand some common Irish slang phrases.
In this blog she explains the lingo.
Did you know: slang stands for short language (short language)!
Have you been to Belfast, and had a moment where you felt like this…
Me too! So don’t worry.
Like most cities in the UK, there are unusual colloquial phrases and regional sayings.
Here are the most common Irish slang words you’ll hear while in Belfast…
Small or little.
Example: Would you like a wee bag with your wee cake?
How are you?
You’ll feel like the Joey Tribbiani of Belfast using this.
Example: If you run into your friend on the street… bout ye mate?
I’ll run ye over
No, this is not a threat. When you hear this, it means that somebody’s offering you a lift/ride in their car.
Example: I’m going that way as well, I’ll run ye over.
Example: I’m flying it. How are you?
To be cold.
Example: Going out during the winter without your jacket will make you foundered.
Example: Shut your bake!
Exhausted, worn out or tired.
Example: I’ll be knackered after walking up this huge hill.
To have fun, good time.
Example: Me and my friends are heading out for the craic.
Example: You’re an eejit!
Mate, pal, friend.
Example: I’m so excited to see my mucker.
Example: Adele’s laugh is gas.
Example: The restaurant we went to was jammers.
Example: Don’t worry about it, it’s nothing to be scundered about.
Thanks for the Irish slang tips, Sam!
Now you can understand what the locals are saying when in Ireland, you may also like to read about top things to do in Belfast!
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