Top 10 mad new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand

The lingo of the youngsters is ever-changing, so here are ten new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand.

How many times have you overheard a conversation between a group of youngsters and with all your power and might, you just couldn’t decipher what on earth they were talking about?

We hear and see this new type of language almost all the time, so much so that we’re hoping and praying they don’t create a new dictionary for this way of speaking.

Irish slang is continually changing and evolving with the youths of today, and it seems almost impossible to keep up with the thesaurus of surprising words that always boil down to one basic thing.

What’s so wrong with good old fashioned words that mean what they were intended to mean, eh?

With this in mind, we want all the older folk out there to be in the loop, so next time you overhear the youths in your life or around the neighbourhood chatting, you won’t feel so ancient.

We just ask that you don’t try to fit in to the conversation by attempting to speak like this, too. So, here is your guide to the ten mad new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand.

10. Extra – extra, extra, read all about it

You are so extra!
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First up on our list of new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand is extra. Put simply; extra these days doesn’t mean what it usually means to teenagers.

Extra describes an over the top situation or someone who is high maintenance, i.e. “Ugh she is so extra”.

9. GIF – GIF us a break

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Or ‘Graphic Interchange Format’ is a slang phrase and abbreviation used to describe an internet file mainly dealing with images, commonly used in texting to express yourself.

8. Bae – Bae-leave it or not

You have probably heard bae being used.
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Next up on our list of new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand is bae.

Bae, or ‘before anyone else’, refers to that special someone in your life, could be a friend or a partner. It’s pronounced like Bay and is used more commonly than you can imagine.

7. On fleek – for fleek sake

Fleek is one of the new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand.
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If you overhear someone using this expression, you may be a little confused.

It simply means that something is attractive or has worked out perfectly, i.e. “Her eyebrows are always on fleek”.

This definitely had to make it onto our list of mad new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand.

6. Doggo – dog, oh?

Aw, what a cute doggo!
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These days it seems that saying a short word such as dog is just not enough.

Now they’ve added an ‘o’ to make it cool. Doggo simply means dog but seems to be a cutesy version of the original.

5. FR aka for real – yes, this is FR

FR is one of the new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand.
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This is slang for slang. ‘For real’ has been used for several years now, probably coming from some American cult T.V. show, but now it seems it’s cool to shorten it to just FR.

4. POS aka Parents over shoulder – oh, POS off

POS POS!
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This speaks for itself, right? Commonly used in video chatting, POS is one of the new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand.

3. Tea – spilling the tea

Tea is one of the new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand.
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One of the new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand is tea.

Gone are the days when someone would ask you to spill the beans about something, now it’s tea?

So don’t panic, no one actually made a mess by spilling some tea somewhere. They’re just having a routine gossip.

2. Jelly – are you ready for this jelly?

Jelly does not mean dessert.
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Okay, so here we go again with the shortening.

No, the youngsters are not talking about having ice cream and jelly for dessert this evening, they are merely shortening the word ‘jealous’… to make it… cool?

1. Winning – we’re all winners here

Winning tops our list of new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand.
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Well, we can all thank Charlie Sheen for making this popular with the young ones.

He would famously use this word at the end of his sentences to affirm that something was going right for him, i.e. “I just nominated for another award, winning!”

Don’t be fooled into thinking the youngsters have tried their hand at gambling and succeeded.

We hope you’ve made it to the end without too much eye-rolling, shrugging, or plain old sighing because we know that some of these oh-so-ridiculous slang words can have that effect.

Some make no sense and some… okay let’s face it, none of them make any sense, but that’s slang in 2020 for you.

Don’t think that knowing what these ten mad new Irish slang phrases means you will now be in the loop with everything that’s going on with the young generation of today because, as we know, slang is continuously changing.

Before we know it, these ten slang words will be a thing of the past, and the youngsters will certainly keep you on your toes with all the new Irish slang phrases only the youths of today understand, that’s for sure!

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