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Word / Phrase

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Meaning

Earwiging

vb.

Listening attentively to private conversations

Eat

vb.

Subject to verbal abuse

Eat out of house and home phr. Big appetite

Eat the head off

phr. vb.

Attack verbally, vigorous and often abusive complaining, arguing or debating

Eatin' house

n.

Restaurant

Eccer / ecker / ekker

n.

School homework

Edgemecation

n.

Serious learning

Eejit

n.

Fool.   Someone of reduced intellectual capacity (also 'Gobshite')

E'erawan

n.

Anyone

Effin' and blindin' vb. Cursing and swearing

Eirog

n.

Sprightly comely girl

Elected

vb.

Fortunate in being accepted

Elegant

adj.

Excellent

Element, in his / her

adj.

In great form

Element, that's the

n.

Expression of approval

Em phr. This is the word Dublin folk use when pausing to think. It takes the place of the "um" and "uh" that Americans prefer. This two-letter word alone will radically alter your perceived Dublin-ness if you can learn to use it pervasively and unconsciously. This is perhaps the single most commonly used expression in speech, so with this one change alone, you can drastically alter your accent.
English justice n. Oxymoron; you're presumed innocent until proven Irish.
Erection section n Couples slow dance at a disco

Evening

n. & phr

Anytime after lunch or dinner, or as a greeting

Eye of the arse

n. phr.

Anus

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