GAA Slang

It has been said that rugby is a thug's game played by gentlemen, soccer is a gentleman's game played by thugs and Gaelic games are thug's games played by thugs. Irish national sports, Hurling and Gaelic Football are fairly full-bodied in nature, and the accompanying language can be equally robust.

Bollix - Pat Spillane or Colm O'Rourke

Bull thick - very angry - e.g. "the centre half back was bull thick when I lamped him again"

Bullin` - angry - e.g. "the centre half back was bullin` after I lamped him"

Burst the Bollix - Instruction to tackle your player

- an undefined soreness e.g. "Jayz me arm is bushted"

Comm-a-teeee - Local GAA bullshitters in general

Crowd - A gathering of people that watch a match and hope for random acts of violence e.g. "that crowd from Meath are a right shower of shites"

Hames - a right shite - e.g. "he made a hames of that clearance"

Hang sangwidge - consumed with tay on the sides of roads after matches in Croker or Thurles, usually contains half a pound of butter.

Hatchet Man - Mountainy type, uses hunter/gatherer instincts.

Holly - eg "I gave it holly" - I put a fair bit of effort into it

Joult - a push - e.g. "I gave him a joult and he has to wear a neck brace

Lamp - a good thump - e.g. "I swung for the sliotar, missed by 3 feet andlamped their fullback"

Leh-it-in-ta-feck-would-ya - Full forward`s appeal to a midfielder for a more timely delivery of the pass

Massive Row - Disagreement involving both teams, including goalies, substitutes and supporters jumping fences

Mighty - very good

Mullocker - untidy or awkward player released for matches

Namajaysus - What was that for, referee?

Rake - A great amount of anything, usually pints of Guinness the night before an important match

Row - Disagreement involving four or more players

Running Row - A massive row that continues out in the parking area and or dressing room areas usually resolved by the Gardai.

Schkelp - To remove living tissue in the absence of surgical procedures e.g. "That shite from Tipp took a schkelp out of my leg"

The Bomber - a very popular nickname for a fat, hairy GAA player

Timber - intimidation of a hurling opponent - e.g. "show him some timber"!

- Corner back`s formal recognition of a score by his opponent

White c**t - Graham Geraghty


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