One of the biggest barriers most people face when traveling is the language and Irish slang is can be particularly hard to master. Fear not though, as we will help you blend in when visiting Ireland with this handy list of words and sayings used by locals.
Is somebody wishing you a good day? Cursing at you in Irish slang for your silly tourist behaviour? There’ll be no guessing anymore once you’ve brushed up on the slang below!
It is one of the sexiest accents in the world after all, and now you’ll know some of the Irish slang terms that you need…
Key Irish Slang Words when Visiting IrelandHow do these rankings work?
1. The Black Stuff
What locals call a pint of Guinness.
2. The “Craic”
Pronounced like ‘crack, this actually means just having a good time and enjoying oneself.
You’ll hear this one on a regular basis in Ireland. Used when it is raining especially hard outside. As in “it is absolutely lashing”.
Unlike the rest of the world, where you can ride a bike or get a in ride in a car in Ireland, the word has an entirely different meaning. It means to have sex. As in “did you get the ride last night?”
Something that is dirty or not appealing. As in “the house was absolutely manky”.
Unlike other countries where it is associated with a dangerous situation this word has an entirely different meaning in Ireland. It means something was seriously good. Aka ‘the music was absolutely deadly last night|”
An idiot. It’s pretty simple!
The slightly more polite version of the word F*ck that the rest of the word uses. Commonly used and not frowned upon.
To be completely broken and nearly unfixable. You could be banjaxed after a big night out, or a bicycle could be banjaxed.
Something that is incredibly good. Example? “The view at the Cliffs of Moher is savage”.
11. Yer Wan
To gently take the piss or laugh at the expense of your friends. “We gave him an awful slagging”.
13. Fair Play
When somebody does something that demands respect. As in, “Fair play to him for helping yer wan out last night”
14. C’mere to me
Directly translates as: “Could I have a word with you for a second.”
Somebody that is a total fool.
Mainly used by Dubliners to refer to people who are not from the capital.
The first meaning is a place that is a bit of a dump. Could be used for a bar, house or city. As in “That club last night was a bit of a kip”. Can also mean to get some sleep. As in “I’ll have a quick kip”.
18. Cute Hoor
Somebody who is very smart, to the point of being sneaky.
Beers. Someone might ask you “will we go for a few scoops?”
20. How’s The Form?
How are you getting on.
To be seriously drunk. “Jesus, you were seriously locked last night”.
Something that is really brilliant and deserves high praise. “The band were absolutly class last night”.
23. In Bits
To be incredibly hungover.
When you kiss somebody or start going out with them. As In “Did you shift Tommy last night?’
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