St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us! Which means it’s time we pay tribute to this esteemed high holiday by learning some genuine, card-carrying Irish slang. Trust us, lads and lassies, the gang at your local pub will be plenty impressed with your expanded vocabulary.
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Bag of Taytos
It's a bag of potato chips. Catchy, no?
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Guinness. The beer that is, not the book of world records.
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A country person. Not exactly a term of endearment.
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A pub. The perfect place to find the black stuff. (Or, on St. Patrick's Day, the green stuff.)
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Raining heavily. "It's mad bucketing outside!"
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You may have heard this one before, but what does this Irish phrase actually mean? Pronounced 'crack.' It's a good ol' time.
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Well done! Something the Irish and non-Irish alike don't hear nearly enough at work.
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Used in lieu of the other F word. (60% less offensive!)
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Very drunk. "The black stuff got us right fluthered, mate!"
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Mentally competent. (i.e. "That lad's not the full shilling!")
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Mouth. As in, "Shut your blathering gob!"
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A salutation. It means "hello." But you know, more casual, mate.
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This man's body language pretty much explains it.
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The restroom. "Save my seat -- I'm off to the jacks!"
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Fatigued. "I'm jaded from kicking yer arse, mate!"
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A pint. "Barkeep, fetch me your best, cheapest jar of the black stuff!"
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A short siesta. Or rest. Okay, a nap. "Only two hours 'til my afternoon kip!"
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An old-fashioned female. We'd suggest exercising caution when using this term.
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Drunk. Because clearly there aren't enough words for 'drunk' out there.
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Slang for 'mother.' "Me ol' wan's come to visit from Belfast!"
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Slang for 'father.' Used lovingly or angrily -- entirely your choice.
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Drunk. "On St. Patrick's Day, the amateurs are already ossified by noon."
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An idiot. A delightful word we can all get use out of.
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Bacon slices. "Nothing gets the morning underway like a big plate o' rashers!"
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Loud arguing or commotion. A common occurrence in Irish pubs worldwide.
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Making fun of someone. "I'm just slagging ya, mate! Relax!"
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Very drunk. Sounds almost Shakespearean, no?
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Having a good time. It doesn't have to be at a pub, but hey, why not let it be at a pub?
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Someone not particularly blessed with good looks. Brings a whole new meaning to "On the wagon."
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Men's briefs. Why are they called Y-fronts? Hey, Y-not? By the way, if you're hankering for more delightful definitions, check out 30 Canadian Words Our American Friends Don't Understand.