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Dublin Slang Dictionary and Phrasebook
Guide on how to Speak English in Dublin for the unsuspecting traveller 

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Conversation in Dublin is like a maze, filled with twists and turns, unexpected paths, and mined with surprises to trap the unprepared visitor.  So, in the interests of world peace and harmony, and to help the tourists, this section of the O'Byrne Files provides a slang survival guide with lashings of words, piles of sound advice on the use and meaning of a common phrase, and a heaps of answers not found in any book, to loaded questions that will help to get you through any conversation situation in Dublin.  Essential swear words, and traditional curses are of course included as a standard feature, along with some hints about the, colour, customs, suitable openers, and situations for chinwagging in Dublin with true Dubliners.  
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The following is a compendium from many slang sources, and a lifetime of listening and experiences in Dublin

Arrah!, could things be any more aisy? Be the hokey, this stuff is only brillo. Catch yerself on, if youze get through all of the above, youze could find yerself as a right boyo, trick-actin' with massive skills to act the maggot an' bullshit the Dubs on loads of subjects from the weather to the psychology of the Dublin mind. Youze may even find it so aizy that ye feel in your element, ye know, really full of yerself, an' wanna to fire away and off like the hammers to get lashings of Roddy Doyle books under yer oxter from the first half decent huxter ye put yer lamps on, knowin' that ye will in jig time make right sense out of them. Ye may even have cogged enough to spoof yer way into convincing any bossman or spacer that yer a real hard man, not a dosser, or bamboozling the family with yer guff, or bantering with friends who in the heel of the hunt will let on that you are a fierce valuable member of Dub society. Yer bullshit will have ye puttin' on airs, yer friendship sought, an ejits all over the place will think that yer a decent skin who's banter is dead cool. Be warned though, ye may be on the pig's back for now, but manys a cute hoor has pulled a fast one too many with the spoofin' and blather, t'inkin' they're gas altogether, only findin' they have it arseways by actin' the maggot and have ballsed it up somethin' diabolical, with everything endin' in rag order! 

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And for my US visitors:

Sometimes visitors ask what a word means. Usually the problem is that I put together "The O'Byrne Files " in the English what I speak, while the visitor with the question uses a completely different kind of English (particularly the ones what use US English). So here is my definitive (for now) list of words that I use differently:

 
The O'Byrne Files English

US English

The O'Byrne Files English

US English

biscuit

 cookie

tepid water

coffee

scone

biscuit

republican

terrorist/freedom fighter

lump of dough

scone

green

tree-hugging

fag

cigarette

pavement

sidewalk

kicks with the other foot

fag

lift

elevator

gay

happy

chemists

drug store

mate

buddy

loo

rest room

flat

apartment

complain

sue

brolly

umbrella

chips

fries

cool

cold

crisps

chips

cold

freezing

Tayto

ditto

snow

snow storm

coffee

espresso

soft day

wet

feck

f*ck

drizzle

rain storm

sod

f*ck

rain

flood warning

oops

f*ck

light breeze

wind storm

oh

f*ck

a tad windy

hurricane

jolly

f*cking

tipsy

drunk

very

f*cking

drunk

plastered

really

f*cking

pissed

dead drunk

quite

f*cking

annoyed

pissed

darn

motherf*cking

guy

motherf*cker

eejit

president

bleddy

motherf*cking

right-wing tory monetarist Atttila the Hun type

republican

gobshite

asshole

hooker

small quaint traditional Irish sailing vessel, mainly from the west coast


Why not check out my Dating Dictionary also!

or my Hillwalker's Slang and Jargon Dictionary


or my Computer Jargon Dictionary that has a bit of slang in it  

or My guide to 'new' words not yet in any 'dictionary'
 
Have fun!
If you get to my guide why English is such a difficult language, you'll appreciate why!

Here there is a collection of Irish expressions with their meanings

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