The outstanding Mayo hero Cora Staunton was on Six O'Clock Show recently. She told TodayFM's Muireann O'Connell that Down Under she gets slagged by the Aussies about saying, "No bother!" all the time!
So, we asked for your favourite Irishisms or County slang you use constantly?
Here are some of the best:
"In Cork if you say you 'were haunted' it means you very lucky. My Dublin wife's head still explodes whenever she hears it." - Aidan from Cork (trapped in Dublin)
Here he is explaining this very Rebel Irishism. (Muireann says it has a very different meaning in Limerick!)
"My mother is from Mayo. Shtop the lights and ‘out the way’ are her favourites." - Shauna
"Whats the craic" Aussie's don't get it at all - Bart in Kildare
"Well Sublic maud skin", it means well lad in Athy Co. kildare
This is one of our favourites from Dave In Mayo.
"Ate them when they're boiled!" but you have to do it in this voice:
"It’s grand!" All my English co works laugh at ???? - Andy
"What's up lad" especially when you don't know their 1st name ðŸ˜†
In Waterford we say ask your "lack" i.e. Girlfriend
I say “Ah, Stop..” casually when I can’t believe something. I’m from Dublin, but I thought it was a national thing. - Paula
Have a listen to Paula here:
When you say to someone in Australia, “will you get me that yoke, it’s in the press”. They look at you like you have two heads.
An Irish person will come back with the exact thing your looking for without you mentioning what it is ðŸ˜‚ - Cheers, Shane
I moved to Newtownmountkennady. And everybody is called "Ben" As in alright Ben. Terrible weather out Ben. You all set for Christmas Ben. WTF
"Now we're suckin diesel" is a colloquial one up here by the border and it raises many an eyebrow from non-boundary visitors but IS understood in a universally Irish way." - From Traolach the boilerman, working hard along the invisible frontier outside Newry
In Mayo we say you have a Gither on you if you're up for the session,
I'm from Wicklow and we use the word "qwern" or "qwair", used in place of the word very. - Bryan
However, according to Alison:
I am a dub from birth and don't believe in all these Irish sayings and proverbs. Just say what you mean and be done with it. Alison