Irish slang

leprachuanWednesday is words of wisdom day on the blog. For March, I’ve been sharing Irish blessings, curses, and sayings.

Today I’ve a chart of Irish slang for you. The Irish do have a way with words.

a useless fellow He’s fit to mind mice at a crossroads.
someone who committed some small fault ‘Tis only a stepmother would blame you.’
a tall, large woman That’s a fine doorful of a woman.
a gossiper She has a tongue that would clip a hedge.
a poor, thin creature The breath is only just in and out of him, and the grass doesn’t know of him walking over it.
a coarse, ill-mannered person using poor language What would you expect out of a pig but a grunt?
trying to change a stubborn person’s mind You might as well be whistling jigs to a milestone.
very bad music Aw, that’s the tune the old cow died of.
one who overstays their welcome If that man went to a wedding, he’d stay for the christening.
a talkative person That man would talk the teeth out of a saw.
a person who paid too much for a cow He bought every hair in her tail.
a clever thief He’d steal the sugar out of your punch.
praise of strong whiskey I felt it like a torchlight procession going down my throat.
a woman who made a bad marriage She burnt her coal and did not warm herself.
bad aim in shooting He wouldn’t hit a hole in a ladder.
an impish child That one suffers from a double dose of original sin.
an unfortunate one He is always in the field when luck is on the road.
very wet weather It’s a fine day for young ducks.
someone who always plans carefully If he’s not fishing he’s mending his nets.

Find anything you could use?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *