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"Yeah, but sure..."

Irish aphorisms



Some Irish behavioural characteristics

Inbreath affirmation
This is a de facto Irish-English word, an affirmative exclamation. It consists of a rapid insuck of air, and sounds a bit like a gasp. Sometimes it is pronounced a bit like "yeah;" but not always. Most common amongst women.

Sidenod
Irish men will often greet with a sideways nod when passing on the street. This is usually accompanied by an audible gesture, whether a click of the tongue or a verbal greeting.

Use of one's given name
If an Irish person knows your first name, he or she will probably call you that, even without introduction.

Small-talk in Ireland is an important part of most normal interactions....

Eyes to heaven
An uptoss of the chin accompanied by a slight click from the tip of the tongue and a "you know y'rself" rolling of the eyes upward.... This expresses acknowledgement of the sublime and ridiculous nature of reality.

The Irish have difficulty making a formal complaint....

• "Yeah but sure — "what can you do?..."


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