Weird and Wonderful Irish Expressions. Vol. 1, South East Connaught Region of Ireland.
In Ireland, we speak English in a slightly different way to other nations. We often express ourselves in a manner indirect to the subject matter in question. Yet, our points come across vividly, usually succeeding in being quite unambiguous. This volume presents a selection of localized Irish expressions (Connaught), many of which are hilarious and presented graphically to explain their context. More
In Ireland, we speak English in a slightly different way to other nations. Often times, we express ourselves in a manner indirect to the subject matter in question. Yet, our points come across very strongly, vividly and usually succeed in being quite unambiguous. There are different theories as to why we speak English as we do. Perhaps our mode of speech represents an influence by or, a vestigial remnant of our time under British rule. During these times, secrecy amongst the Irish was commonplace and was often an essential tool employed by those endeavouring to stay one step ahead of the police. However, a more plausible theory is that the Irish simply love to inject humour into their day-to-day lives. As such, there are many phrases unique to this island. Irish expressions also tend to be quite localized with some occurring within small geographical locales but not others. This book presents a small selection of the highly localized Irish expressions recorded from south-west Connaught. Each phrase is animated in sketch format so as to convey the context in which these phrases have been used. It should be borne in mind that some of these expressions form part of wider conversations and dialogue and their humour and meaning are strongly linked to context and delivery. Some will find them bizarre, others will find them hilarious. But either way, they are Irish, through and through. In addition, you are unlikely to hear such phrases anywhere else, either in book format or on the world wide web. Some of the expressions presented are no longer in common usage and reflect the speech mannerisms of certain Irish men and women often from rural backgrounds. Their presence in this volume represents an attempt to collect these turns of phrase before they die out and perhaps even revive them! Please enjoy Volume 1 of Weird and Wonderful Irish Expressions.
© 2014 by M.K.B.
Published internationally by M.K.B. Publications, Ireland.
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