This has been doing the rounds on the Internet lately so we've collected the best of them from numerous different sources.
You know you're Irish when.....
- Tea is the solution to every problem.
- When “not too bad” means “I’m fine thanks”
- You know what red lemonade is.
- Every conversation starts with the weather being discussed!
- You can say “Any craic?” to a policeman and not get arrested.
- Fizzy drinks are called ‘minerals
- you have a fear of leaving the immersion on
- Flat 7UP and coke cures all illnesses
- Saying ‘Hes fond of a drink’ means he suffers from alcoholism
- You don't need to study for exams because your Granny lit a candle for you
- You thank bus drivers when you're getting off the bus
- Its perfectly acceptable to call your mother 'mammy' even though you are a fully grown adult
- You can call someone 'a mad cunt' and mean it as a compliment
- when “I will, yeah.” means the exact opposite!
- You spent a good portion of your childhood kneeling
- You know you’re Irish when you used answer the telephone in the hall with your phone number
- Saying 'Now we're sucking diesel' means that you are happy with the outcome of the situation
- You can insert the name of a gardening tool into any sentence and it still makes sense, e.g. 'I had a rake of drink last night' or "I'll be out in a minute, I'm just shoveling down the dinner'
- if a women isn't drinking, you immediately suspect she's pregnant.
- Your mother wallpapered your school books
- you're always 'Grand'
- You had boiled food a lot as a child.
- you get great satisfaction from seeing your clothes dry outside in one day
- you don't know how to speak Irish even though you've been taught it for 12 years in school.
- You take Lyons or Barry's Tea and the ‘makings of a fry’ with you on holiday
- you sing ‘Olé Olé Olé’ after taking the lead in any sport
- When you go for the “messages” instead of the shopping
- when an American says,”Top o’ the mornin’ to you”, and you shudder.
- You have no idea how to make a long story short
- you are on nite link home and the whole bus is singing the same song in unison.
- you think that you’ve ‘got Mass’ simply by standing outside the church talking about GAA with the auld lads
- The person that you insult most is probably your best friend or family
- There's been days that you've had potatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- You can count the number of times you've had a tan on one hand
- you tell someone to ‘f*** off’ when they compliment you
- you use the phrase ‘f*** off’ to mean ‘are you serious?’
- you order 2 rounds at last orders despite having a full pint.
- “F*** it, it's grand’ means that you couldn’t be bothered to finish it properly
- Its perfectly acceptable to call your mother ‘mammy’ even though you are a fully grown adult
- You can't wait for the other guy to stop talking so you can start talking
- when you know what “acting the maggot” means
- Well means 'hello' (in Waterford anyway)
- You and 30,000 other Irish men and women spontaneously break into a ten minute rendition of 'The Fields of Athenry' while losing 4-0 to Spain in Poland.
(Collected mostly from Facebook, TheJournal.ie and Twitter.)
Do you have any more suggestions to add to this long list?
There is loads more slang to get to grips with in Ireland and it varies from county to county. Check out the IrishAbroad guide to Irish slang and see if you have anything to add to the list:
General Irish Slang
Cork Slang (1)
Cork Slang (2)