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Irish-English Terms
and phrases

Comparative culture

The Irish don't know
how to complain


"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.

•   Use of your given name

If an Irish person knows your first name, he or she will probably call you that, even without introduction.

•  "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.

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