What? What did he just say? Irish-American office translation

I find myself giving instructions in my day job as an IT Manager. I have developed a guide to help answer the common questions re my English usage and promote better understanding between departments

- What the heck did he just say?

Here is my inter cultural translation guide to an Irish man's potty mouthed English in New York.

Arse - Ass/Backside
Usage example: "I'm going to kick your arse if you do that again!"
Bollix - Nuts - Anatomical reference
Usage example: "Ya auld Bollix ya!" - can be a mild affectionate term or a term of disparagement. Can be used to cheer someone up; you could say "don't mind him, he's only a bollix."
Eejit - Fool/idiot
Usage example: "I wish I never employed that (feckin') eejit! "
Feck - Damn. Milder form of Anglo-Saxon F -word
Usage example: "Feck it!" may be from Irish word for to see - Feach
Grand - OK
Usage example: "How are you?" " Oh I'm grand."
Me: My
Usage example: Where's me stapler? Do you have me stapler? If you have taken me stapler again I'm going to feckin' kill you, you bollix!
Nought - Zero ( Number 0)
Usage example: "That mac address is nought nought 857 Zed " .... "what sorry can you repeat that..."
Oh me head! - Oh dear
- I think I'm going to have a headache/this situation is very complex & difficult.
Rubbish Bin - trash can/trash receptacle
Usage example: "If you do that again I'm going to stick your head in that rubbish bin (you bollix!)
Shite! - crap a person who is not true or is going to let you down in some way.
Usage example: "He's a Shite/ that fellah is a shite!"
Shite an' Onions - some really terrible news
Usage example: - - ie server/internet down "oh Shite n' Onions...
Spuds - potatoes
Usage example: "Feck this place I can never get dinner (lunch) with spuds round here."
Zed (Z) - Zee (Z)Alphabetical Letter - the last one - you bollix.. what are you some kind of eejit!


Popular posts from this blog

Is the use of the word ASS in lyrics explicit?

Paddy's Day An Irish Listicle of Error

ASCAP 1 day conference Q&A Feedback