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Post by GrinningManiac on Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:41 pm

IRELAND!

There's a fair few of you on here, so gimme Irish everyday phrases. (Hello, How are you etc)

Also, here's the question I was mullin' over just now that inspired this : Do you think Ireland will ever make Irish (or Gaelic or whatever it's really called) the official language? I know it's meant to be or whatever, but English seems to be the lingua franca. Do you think, not nessecarily (HOW DO YOU SPELL THAT F*CKIN' WORD?) in our lifetimes, there will ever be a point where English is as widely used in Ireland as it is in, say, Germany?

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Re: Ireland

Post by Unabletothinkofname on Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:50 pm

Around here, "hello" can be anything from "Ah if it isn't himself" to "there y'are now".

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Re: Ireland

Post by ggggggggggg on Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:58 pm

I don't even know what hello is... but Conas ata tu is how are you.

Yeah, as you can tell I've never been interested in the language. Don't think anyone else I've ever met has either.

I think it's a dying language to be honest.

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Re: Ireland

Post by Furburt on Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:49 pm

See, the thing is, Irish-English is so utterly filled with demented, nonsensical euphemisms and phrases that it's practically a whole different language. Nobody speaks English like the Irish do, so there's no real need for that separate identity, since we already have it.

Besides, English is undoubtedly the better language. It's got more synonyms, more colourful prose, and better ways to say things. And I say that as a total patriot. English just works better.

As for everyday Irish phrases, there's far too many to count. Villages 2 miles apart can have completely different slang for everything.

Perhaps the commonest phrase where I'm from is "Ah, sure look it.", which I use myself, which basically means....I have no idea what the fuck it means, but there's places in conversation where it appears to make sense. The closest I can put it to is "Ah, that is to be expected in that situation".

There's also perhaps the single greatest phrase in the English language, "I wouldn't give him the steam off me piss if he was dying of thirst".

I have heard priests say this. There's also the similar and equally brilliant, but not as common "Face like a bulldog licking piss of a nettle".

Eat the head off ya means to lecture someone, now yer suckin' diesel means "now you've got it".

We also have more words for drinking and the act of being drunk than I imagine most isolated tribes have words for anything at all.

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Re: Ireland

Post by The Moonbai on Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:07 pm

ooh one I rarely hear but often use is 'cac' (spelling perhaps needed?). As far as I know it means shit. But used in a descriptive way~
'what's it taste like'
-'cac'

taste like smells like. the film was cac, their clothes are cac...

I find it to be a joy to use~

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Re: Ireland

Post by GrinningManiac on Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:06 pm

Cack is a pan-european phenomenon, coming from the latin Caco or Cacáre (or Cacau) for "defecate"

Italian = cagare
Span/Portuguese = cagarFrench = Chier
Romanian = căca

"German kacken, Dutch kakken, Czech kakat, Lithuanian kakoti, Russian какать (kakat'), Icelandic kúka, Bosnian kakiti
etc. are all slang words meaning "to defecate", most of them having
roughly the same level of severity as the English expression "take a
dump"." - Wikipedia

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Re: Ireland

Post by The Moonbai on Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:18 am

Joke's on you! There is no K in the irish language bahahaha

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Re: Ireland

Post by MilkyFresh on Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:09 am

..."I wouldn't give him the steam off me piss if he was dying of thirst".

I'm remembering that.

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Re: Ireland

Post by Guest on Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:53 am

Weird sayings? Here's two I like, from a guy I went to school with:

About an ugly girl-"She looks like she got hit in the face with a bag of hot nickels"

"I'm hungry enough to crawl up a pig's ass for a ham sandwich."

I miss that guy.

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Re: Ireland

Post by GrinningManiac on Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:02 pm

I looked around to see if Britain had any common turns of phrase that aren't widely known outside the island and all I got was a bunch of famous philosophical quotes from Greek, Latin, Chinese and Biblical anecdotes rendered in English. That's not how it works...

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Re: Ireland

Post by MilkyFresh on Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:43 am

Australia probably has some good ones, but I can't think of any.

Fair shake of the old sauce bottle mate.

we are a joke culture

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Re: Ireland

Post by Pararaptor on Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:58 am

I'm pretty sure that was when everyone realised Rudd was an idiot.
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