Irish people are known to be friendly. So there is no doubt that when you visit their country, you’ll feel welcome. But if you want to experience Ireland to the fullest, you should learn some Irish expressions and slang! So here are a few phrases and words you should know!
This one is one of the most famous Irish expressions. Yet, it’s often mispronounced as it should be said like ‘crack’. It means ‘fun’ or ‘business’. If someone tells you ‘what’s the craic?’, it means ‘what’s up?’
2. Pint of Gat
I’ll have one pint of gat, please.
Last night, Jerry was so ossified he danced on the table!
4. Sure look it!
‘Are you loving your trip around Ireland?’ ‘Sure look it!’
5. Donkey’s years
How are you? I haven’t seen you in donkey’s years!
7. Put the heart crossways in someone
I didn’t see you! You put the heart crossways in me!
8. I will yea
‘I missed my bus. Can you come and pick me up?’ ‘I will yea’
9. Wet the tea
The English language has some expressions with the word ‘tea’. Ireland is the biggest tea consumer country in the world so it’s not surprising that the Irish have a lot of phraseology around tea. ‘Wet the tea’ means to toss a few teabags in a teapot.
Go get the biscuits, I’ll wet the tea.
10. A bag of tayto
Another example of typically Irish slang. A bag of taytos is a packet of crisps.
I ‘ll have a pint of gat with a bag of taytos, please.
Those are only but a few of all the Irish sayings that exist. Still, it’s a good start if you want to fit in and to make the most out of your trip to Ireland!