How to speak the Irish version of English

In Ireland, two languages are prominent. Irish (or Gaelic) and English. The Irish version of English is much different to Oxford style English and even people from England find it hard to understand Irish people because of their strong accents and strange phrases.

Here is a list of words and phrases in alphabetical order to fill in some of the gaps and help you understand what they mean:

A
Acting the maggotplaying around
Ageslong time
Any Use?any good?
Arsebackside
Arsewayscomplete mess (I did it all arseways)
Artistperson getting social security (drawing the dole)
B
Babbylittle child – baby
Bad dosebad  illness
Bag of Taytospacket of potato chips/crisps
Bagsbad, messy job (see hames)
Banjaxedbroken, useless, tired
Barn  brackHalloween cake
Belthit, assault
Be widebe careful
Birdgirl, girlfriend
Blackcrowded
Blackguardperson that is doing no good
Black StuffGuinness
Blathertalk
Bloodyused mostly for strengthening an adjective
Bogtoilet, restroom
Bogcountry area/ piece of land that once was a lake
Bogeysnot
Bogtrottercountry person
Boldnaughty
Bollocksstupid/somebody one doesn’t like
Bolloxedvery drunk
Boltrun fast
Boozerpub
Bothrinnarrow lane or road
Bouzzie, Bowsieyoung good-for-nothing person
Boxin’ the foxrobbing an orchard
Boyoa young person
Brasserprostitute
Brutalterrible
Bucketingraining heavily
Bushedvery tired
Businessexcrete
C
Carry-onargument/noise
Cake-holemouth
Chatea
Chancerdodgy/risky character
Cheekdisrespect/talk back
Cheesed Offangry/annoyed
Chinwaga chat
Chipperfish and chip shop
Chiseller
Chronic
young child
terrible or awful
Classgreat
Clatterslap
Cod(to) joke
ColcannonMashed potatoes & cabbage/ kale
Cop on!don’t be so stupid!
Cookerstove
Coversblankets
Craic (pronounced crack)fun time
Crispspotato chips
Culchiea city dweller’s name for a country person
Cute hoorUntrustworthy/sly  person
D
Dafather
Deadlycool, great
Dearexpensive
Delphcrockery, cups, saucers etc
Desperateterrible
Diabolicalreally terrible
Diddiesbreasts
Divildevil
Dodderwaste time
Dodgysuspect/mechanically impaired
Donkey’s Yearsa long time
Dopeidiot
On the Dossplaying truant
Dosserlazy person
Dotecute person, usually a baby
Drawersunderwear, usually ladies
Dry Shiteboring person
Dummypacifier
Dump (taking a)excrete
E
Eat the head offAttack verbally
Eejitidiot
F
F-wordused freely, mostly for strengthening an adjective
Fagcigarette
Fair play!well done!
Feckused instead of the other F word
FellaMale person, also used for boyfriend
Fiba lie
Fiftystood-up (I got a fifty)
Fine thing/fine bit of stuffAttractive/good looking person
Fla/FlahAttractive/good looking person
Flah’ed outvery tired
Flicksmovies
Flittersin tatters, shabby
Flutheredvery drunk
Follier-uppera serial
Foosteringwasting time
Fryfried breakfast (sausage, bacon, eggs and black & white pudding)
Full shillingmentally competent (He’s not the full shilling)
G
Gaffhouse
Gasfunny
Gawkstare
Gee-Eyedvery drunk
Get off with (someone)make out, kiss
Giftsuperb
Githorrible person
Give Outscold
Gobmouth (Shut you gob!)
Gobdawidiot
Gobshiteidiot
Gobsmackedvery surprised
Go-carbaby’s pushchair
Golliera big, fat spit of phlegm
Gone in the headmad, crazy
Go way outta that!indicating scepticism
Gowlidiot
Grandfine, lovely
Guardpoliceman
Gurrierhooligan
Gutstomach
H
Hamesmess
Hammererdvery drunk
Hard Necklack of respect
Hardchaw, Hardmanrough, tough person
Headermad, crazy person
Head the ballidiotic person
Heelthe first or last slice of a loaf of bread
Hickeya love bite
High babiessenior infants’ school
Holliersholidays/vacations
Holy showembarrassing exhibition
Hooleyparty/celebration
Hoorprostitute
Hopplaying truant from school
Horse’s hoofembellished story
Hot Pressdrying cupboard
Howyahello- salutation
Hump, thesulking
Hump offgo away, leave me alone
I
I will in me ring
I will yeah
I will not!
No, that will never happen
I am in me wickI am not!
J
Jackeena country person’s name for somebody that lives in Dublin
Jackstoilet, restroom
Jadedfatigued/very tired
Jammersvery crowded, busy
Jammylucky
Janey Mack!Gosh
JarA pint
Jaysus!Jesus
Juicypretty
K
Kip, to have ashort siesta, rest
Knackeredfatiguedvery tired
Knick-knackingringing a doorbell and running away
Knobsbreasts
Knockersbreasts
L
Langers/langereddrunk
Lashingraining heavily
Lay off!leave me alone, stop it!
Legging (it)running fast
Letting onpretending
Local, thethe nearest pub
Lockedvery drunk
Lolly/ice lollyPopsicle
Low babiesjunior infants’ school
M
Mamother
Maggot(Stop acting the maggot)Stop playing around!
Mankyvery dirty
Mary Hickold-fashioned female
Mentallercrazy person
Me ould segotia,  me ould flowerTerms of endearment
Messagesshopping, groceries
Messingplaying around
Millingfighting
Mitchbunk school
Mortifiedembarrassed
Motgirlfriend
Motherlessdrunk
Mouldydrunk/ rotten
Murderdifficult
Mushiesmagic mushrooms
N
NappyDiaper
Nickser, Nixera job done with no tax paid on wages
Nipnude
O
Oddsloose change
Off the drinkabstaining from drinking alcohol
Off your nutmad, crazy
Ole Lady/ole wanmother
Ole Man/ole fellafather
On the never neverOn Hire purchase
Ossifieddrunk
P
Paralyticvery drunk
Perishingfreezing
Picturesmovies
Piss in the Bedsdandelions
Pissed offangry/annoyed
Piss upa night of big drinking
Plasteredvery drunk
Plonkeridiot
Pollutedvery drunk
Poteen/Poitinillegal Irish spirit/drink
Pramstroller/pushchair
Presscloset, cupboard
Puckslap in the face
Pull your socks upGet to work/get busy
Puss Facebad-tempered person
Q
Queer hawkpeculiar person
R
Rapidamazing
Rashersbacon slices
Reddenerblush
Red necka country person
Reefbeat up
Ridean attractive person, to have intercourse
Rootlook for
Rosie Leetea
Rubbereraser
RuctionsLoud arguing or commotion
Runnerstrainers, everyday sports shoes
Runsdiarrhoea
S
Sapweak/fragile person
Scaba person who constantly borrows
Scabthe hard outer part of a healed wound
Scallionspring onion
Scalpedto get a short haircut
Scangerignorant female
Scarletblushing
Scatterrun away from something
Scram!go away!
Scratchsocial security, dole
Scratcherbed
ScrawbedScratched by fingernails
Scrubberfemale of low morals
Scuttersdiarrhoea
Shag, toto have intercourse with
Shaggedfatigued/ very tired
Shatteredfatigued/ very tired
Shenanagansdifferent things going on
Shlossedvery drunk
ShookPale, ill, scared
Shortsliquor drinks (spirits) – shots
Shower of savages a riotous crowd
Slaggingmaking fun of someone
Slapperfemale of low morals
Slashurinate
Sleeveensly person
Snapperchild, baby
Snobby Weather!Ignoring me?
Snog, Shiftto make out, kiss
Snugpub booth (usually fitting only 3/4 people)
Soundreally nice
Specky Four-Eyesperson who wears glasses (child’s nickname)
Spudspotatoes
Squealera person who tells stories to get another in trouble
Stop the lights!Really?!
Stociousvery drunk
Strandbeach
Suckin’ dieselhaving a good time
Sweetscandy
T
Thickstupid /unintelligent
Throwing ShapesShowing off
Tipunclean, messy place
Toolidiot
Trapmouth
Twistedvery drunk
Twistin’ haymeans you’re starting trouble, usually in a playful way
U
Up the polepregnant
Up the yard!Go away!
Up to ninetynear boiling point, ready to explode
W
Wagonugly female
Wankera person you don’t like
Wet the teamake tea
Whistkeep quiet
Wreckedtired
Y
Y-FrontsMen’s briefs
Yoke
Yonks
a word used to name something instead of its proper name. “pass me that yoke” (pass me that hammer)
a long time
Your hole (to get)to have sexual intercourse

Watch a hilarious video of tourists in Dublin trying to say some common Irish phrases: