Fairly unimaginative, say your grandfather's name was John, and yours was Michael. In reference to St. Patrick, this is considered a derogatory term for the Irish and should never be used in polite company. A lot of it seems to be similar to Essex slang ... but, then I'm not sure that's necessarily a good thing lol. We collected a list of cute and funny nicknames to call your BFFs, bros, and best buds. Yes, they are the most disgusting and embarrassing names to have but you have to admit they're also quite memorable. It's easy enough to see the words now, but to hear them - that's a whole different story. But me and my brother are best mates now so it's all good!! The use of Irish Gaelic was actively discouraged or suppressed by the British during the 17th-19th centuries, and when this suppression officially ended at the end of the 1800s, general interest in Irish identity and a strong sense of Irish nationalism led to the flourishing of both Irish fiction and verse, as well as renewed interest in Irish Gaelic. "A toast to your coffin. Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz. Voted up, funny, and awesome. Say you were seen out running one day. ur aulfellas a durtburd for sayin i stroked ur scratcher out d gaf man. There are hundreds of slang I could use but had to limit this list somewhere! Suzie from Carson City on August 23, 2012: I really LOVE this hub!! LOL Glad you enjoyed, appreciate your continued support and votes:-). Hi ya oh he from the Samui isle!! Rich from Kentucky on September 14, 2012: And I thought the Irish spoke English! Cheers Brett.Tesol!! .thank YOU for your kind comments as well. lol Glad you enjoyed! The Irish are known for their many proverbs, blessings, and sayings. BUT THEN WHY NOT NAME HIM JOHN IN THE FIRST PLACE!! For each question, choose the best answer. Here is the definitive guide to Irish nicknames. Hence the nickname Buzz. Bookmarked it. Glad you enjoyed and found fun.Appreciate your comments as always :-). Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 25, 2012: Thanks viking305, The good old garda, thanks for that, a good one! A life making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing at all. Here you’ll find a bunch of slang terms for “friend” and “friends”, along with slang which is more generally ralated to the topic of friendship, and also slang that is specifically for best friends.Without further ado, here’s our list of slang words for “friend”: Hill and vale puts out the day— .OMG, how did that one escape me? This technique overlaps with sarcasm although it's not necessarily as negative. Hi fpherj48, Thanks so much for your lovely comments which definitely made me laugh! Always endearing, and with no hint of malice 'Foreignizing', (yes, I made that up), is another way to tweak your name. LOL.......... Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 23, 2012: Thanks mollymeadows for visiting and commenting, I appreciate it! It would make you jump up and never come down again! This is also a good hub if you want to go to Ireland. At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely. I Voted UP and all the way on this hub. You are destined for success in writing. Voted up! Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 24, 2012: Thanks Relationshipc, Appreciate your comments and visit! And we absolutely do not condone all of the nicknames below. LOL. Always have wanted to see Ireland now I can practice up on the slang. ‘Tis not so sweet as woman’s lip but oh, ’tis more sincere.”, “If you’re enough lucky to be Irish… You’re lucky enough!”, “In Heaven there is no beer, that is why we drink it here.”, “Marry a mountain girl and you marry the whole mountain.”, “May all the giant hearts be tall as day, may all your winter nights be warm as may.”, “May God bring good health to your enemies enemies.”, “May the dust of your carriage blind the eyes of your foe!”, “May the enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whiskey, but be afflicted with itching without the benefit of scratching.”, “May the grass grow long on the road to hell for want of use.”, “May the Lord keep you in His hand and never close His fist too tight.”, “May the roof above us never fall in. I can't wait to use some of these ^_^. WIC. you are very welcome to hear the truth about your amazing writing from me any day. Great, great job! I, unfortunately, have never been there, but would love to some day. Here are some of the best Irish sayings about friends that capture the spirit of the Irish. Irish nicknames often make their way into surnames. Here, I have highlighted the most commonly heard words, their meanings, and provided examples of how they are used in everyday speech. Right, let's get the simple stuff out of the way. Kenneth. Nothing sticks like a nickname designed to infuriate. 100%! That said at speed, did not sound like English. I'm not slagging you, It's on the top of my list. 'Danny Keenan - Worked with a bloke called Pat Phelan. lol. I can sense that. Had fun compiling, thinking there really is soooo many, where did they all come from?!! It is a saying that is often known, as you rightly point out, thanks for the query!! "Because it's not. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 19, 2013: Hahaha that was gas! John Cooke, 1909. One day I will get over there and look up my ancestors, the O'Dowds....greatly enjoyed this hub! Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 18, 2012: Afraid I am not familiar with bant except being short for banter, as in chat, talk. Paula, Donaghmede, Morning Ian, I was in school with a lad called Richard Lambe and his nickname was Chops, A sheep farmer we know in West Cork nickname is Bo Peep! White Irish Catholic. Someone not working or is messing about, up to no good, Go away (polite version), used to show surprise or shock, Used for your guy, as in 'Me Fella' partner/husband/boyfriend, Home, to have a 'free gaff' means you are home alone, Fun phrase used in a conversation to get a laugh, reaction. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 23, 2013: Thanks for the comment! Valuing friendships above all else, the Irish have passed on many words of wisdom for generations. Many Irish worked to help fill in the Back Bay of Boston and have this name to show for it to this day. Glad you have been getting some mileage out of the jacks at work!! Study Up With Our Official SCRABBLE Dictionary, 11 Words Used to Great Effect by Edgar Allan Poe. Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. Oh, and "it's bucketing down" comes up semi-regularly in winter (you know, when it actually rains). I said like alllllllllll of these to people I know and they were soooooooooo confused. That's just the way it goes. Bridget became the Irish nickname for a female domestic servant. Voted Useful, Interesting, and Up. Read More About Irish Culture, Our personal concierge service and mobile app. Valuing friendships above all else, the Irish have passed on many words of wisdom for generations. A very Irish way of getting a nickname is being called something that is the complete opposite of your character. Hey Iano, my nickname is Buzz, that's because when Home Alone came out my younger brother was around the same age as Macaulay Culkin, I was the older troublesome, prankster playing nasty brother and we used to have a few scuffles, that I usually started!!!! Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 18, 2012: Hi clevercat, Thanks so much for visiting, glad it gave you a chuckle or two! Voted up and shared! For a little island we talk quite a bit of ?@*? Muirnīn means "darling" and it's found in medieval Irish, where it is the diminutive form of the word mūirn, "joy." We laughed so hard when I told my husband...it stuck. These people, our ancestors, probably came from Scotland, although it didn't have a name back then either. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Right, let's get the simple stuff out of the way. That audio comes straight from our Bitesize Irish online course of Bitesize lessons.. Mo chara Muh khara My friend . Presidential debate about migration. Seriously...never met one that I didn't take to immediately! Madeleine Salin from Finland on June 21, 2012: Very interesting and it's always nice to learn new words. The Irish are known for their many proverbs, blessings, and sayings. This is a well-written, fun hub. LOVED IT. (If you recognize his name, that's because Crockett Johnson also wrote and illustrated the children's classic, Harold and the Purple Crayon. —"Sketches in Eddis and Tyrawly," in Tait's Edinburgh Magazine, August 1841. Very interesting. . !lol Appreciate your support and comments! It works with any first name or surname. Appreciate your votes and sharing!! Now, if I can just figure out how to afford that trip to Ireland I long for. lol Thanks again RC. Check out words from the year you were born and more! . malarkey Experts in planning truly customized trips. Mary Strain from The Shire on August 23, 2012: Loved this! Funny how some are in both but then maybe not since so many Irish are there! Appreciate your interest and comments Elle Bee! Dusk, a pearl-grey river, o’er "A friend's eye is a good mirror." Appreciate your votes and sharing MK!!!! Thanks for sharing. This is your bread and butter guys. if you never wear a hat you’ll be 'Hats McGee' until your dying day. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 11, 2012: Thanks Daniel, Appreciate your comments! It works with any first name or surname. There was even an unfortunate milkman in my area that was dubbed 'Pat Mustard' after a milk round based liaison. That's just the way it goes. I had a wonderful laugh to begin my day with...thank you! when meaning "may I help you?" Appreciate your voting :-). Must be interesting teaching our slang abroad! @ !!!! Jeff Berndt from Southeast Michigan on April 24, 2013: Great stuff! Very interesting and useful as well. Appreciate your support!! Every time I went to buy something in a sandwich shop or get a bed at a hostel, the person behind the counter would ask me, "Are you okay?" Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on July 18, 2012: Yes! Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 24, 2012: What a great hub! Can You Name The 100 Most Popular Surnames In Ireland? It’s more popular in Britain as an Irish nickname than here. Barry in limerick. Just like children don’t know any better than to tease other kids, other cultures didn’t understand each other as well as we do today. Still smiling over some of the expressions! And may we plant the tree together, tomorrow.”, “An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold on to one blade of grass and not fall on the face of the earth.”, “Friend of my soul, this goblet sip ’twill chase the pensive tear. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 24, 2012: Delighted it gave laughter to start the day, billybuc!! Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 22, 2012: This is great!! Yes. Ireland has been visited or colonized by Romans, Vikings, Normans, Scots, and the English, in addition to being home to the Celts and Irish. May it be made of 100 year old oak. —James Joyce, Ulysses, 1922. Here are some of the best Irish sayings about friends that capture the spirit of the Irish. because I love the IRISH. Thanks vespawoolf! So many cultures adopt their own language as if in code it seems! livingabroad from Wales, UK on June 19, 2012: What about "to be sure, to be sure"? Buttercup is a great nickname to give to the friend of yours that is as sweet as a buttercup. As long as it didn't put you off visiting our wee Emerald Isle! 'All Intensive Purposes' or 'All Intents and Purposes'? Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 28, 2012: Thought there was a hint of the 'ol Irish charm there!! Is there any way to just say very or really? Much fun was had compiling our unusual language here!! Great hub and I enjoyed reading it. This is extremely useful when your In Ireland. On your tour of Ireland you’ll probably be far more impressed by the wealth of the city — it’s comparable to NYC or LA (but set up more like Boston!).