Go raibh mile maith agat

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"Thanks a million" in Irish English

The phrase "thanks a million" is conspicuous in Ireland, ubiquitous.

It's real Irish, sort of. It's a polite Gaelic phrase with its generosity enhanced in translation.

As Gaeilge:

If speaking to one person:

If speaking to more than one person:

Go raibh míle maith agat

Go raibh míle maith agaibh

(Guh RAV mee-lə MAH a-gut) (Guh RAV mee-lə MAH a-guv)

A thousand thanks. Míle means "thousand" and sounds like "million" and "thanks a million" rolls off the tongue, euphonious* and convivial.

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*Shakespeare liked the sound of "a thousand thanks," and used it a few times.

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