How to understand the Irish

Beguiling Irish phrases in plain English

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If you’re not from the Emerald Isle and want to fit in on the day, we suggest you watch Father Ted (one of TOAD’s favourite sitcoms of all time) repeats then pepper conversations with these phrases...

He’s acting the maggot:
He’s messing around

I’m just codding ya:
I’m pulling your leg

Let’s crack on:
Let’s continue

What’s the craic?:
(pronounced ‘crack’)What’s your news?

She’s such a craic:
She’s a laugh, she’s fun

That’s deadly:
That’s cool

You eejit!:
You fool!

Fair play:
Well done

Let’s go on the tear:
Let’s go to a bar

The weather is fierce:
It’s extreme

Handy as a small pot:
Very useful


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