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We Are Looking For The 'Shift' And Need Your Help!

It may have been a GAA hall disco, Irish college in the summer, the back of the school, on the edge...
Mark Linehan
Mark Linehan

4:13 PM - 23 Jul 2019



We Are Looking For The 'Shift'...

Lunchtime

We Are Looking For The 'Shift' And Need Your Help!

Mark Linehan
Mark Linehan

4:13 PM - 23 Jul 2019



Where does it come from?

It may have been a GAA hall disco, Irish college in the summer, the back of the school, on the edge of a pitch, a house party but wherever you got one did you ever consider where it all started?

Today, Muireann O'Connell spoke to Darach Ó Séaghdha who is on the hunt for 'the shift' and is desperately in need of your assistance.

He is a journalist, author of Motherfocloir : Dispatches from a not so dead language and curator of the hugely popular Twitter page @theirishfor and he wants to find the origin of the word "shift"

Ireland has a well documented list of slang terms in our everyday language, but the one for kissing is one of the most celebrated.

Does it come from an Irish word? The Irish word ‘sioft’ meaning a trick or a move.

Or is a reference to driving?

Darach has a few theories from his digging, but needs more help.

We Are Looking For The 'Shift' And Need Your Help!

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