Great Hub! Appreciate your reading,votes and sharing! Anthony, Hi Ian, I knew someone whose surname was Jacobs and he was called Biccies. It's for a poem and I can just see the look on people's faces in the workshop. And I made perfect score too. Just going off my own village we have the Duck, the Goose, the Chicken, the Kitten, the Bull, the Fish & the Bon (a baby pig for the uninitiated). LOL Check out my other Irish hub sometime for a real "flavour" of warped Irish humour! Or is that just a cliché?. Here are some of the best Irish sayings about friends that capture the spirit of the Irish. That's just the way it goes. Many Irish worked to help fill in the Back Bay of Boston and have this name to show for it to this day. 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!!!! This Irish nickname applied to the children of Irish immigrants who, reportedly, weren’t as dedicated and hardworking as their long-suffering parents. lol. I can sense that. Ann Carr from SW England on July 01, 2012: Voted up, funny and interesting. because I love the IRISH. Although, it might be fun as a joke. :-). From always working with the public, I often say "Are you okay?" !LOL what an idea!! Appreciate greatly you reading and bringing your experience to light, great comment, i love it! It's well within the laws of nicknames that you could be dubbed 'Usain Bolt' for even having the gumption to be seen carrying on like that. Find more Irish words at! I'm not slagging you, It's on the top of my list. For some reason, this stuck with the Irish, though.) The Irish love a good nickname & they are loved and loathed in equal measure, depending on the sentiment. These Irish language terms of endearment are sure to make your sweetheart swoon! Bookmarked it. WIC. Arriving in Ireland, you may be forgiven for thinking you have been hoodwinked, cajoled, led up the garden path, or just plain misinformed as to the language widely spoken here. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this weeks Letter from Ireland. Paddy, Mickey, Becky, Mossy, Sully, Fitzy. John Cooke, 1909. Funny you say you have never been here, you sound very Irish!! You might be surprised to learn that not just Americans have used Irish nicknames. Cuisle was sometimes also paired with ma to give us macushla ("my darling"), as well as our next term of endearment.... Mr. O'Malley, a character in the comic strip 'Barnaby' by Crockett Johnson, 'Twas they tempted Connor over the sea Howya Phelan'. I enjoyed reading them. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 28, 2012: Thought there was a hint of the 'ol Irish charm there!! Voted Up and Sharing, then I'm off to the Jacks! 26 counties in Republic of Ireland and 6 counties in Northern Ireland. I went to her and she hugged me and rocked me as she did when I was only a nipper. LOL It's funny that you mention dating an Irishman. We are known for our gift of the gab and I have shown the words, their meanings and also given examples of this weird and wacky language of the Irish. Ya see i'm in a play and i really need to know what to do.... Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 06, 2012: Welcome! The 'Y' is the easiest/least original way of getting a nickname. Glad you enjoyed and i appreciate your votes and sharing! "Because it's not. Here is an entertaining video of Irish people trying to explain Irish phrases. So glad that I found YOU on Hubs. Sadly, these misnomers kept everyone somewhat sheltered from what they didn’t know about each other. If YOU’D like to be part of the CT team and write for one of the fastest growing student websites in the world, then email us: For example, if you are extremely rude, your name is 'Manners'. It was a fun hub to write, us Irish are good at making fun (polite term!!) Cushlamochree, a variant spelling, also appeared as an exclamation of surprise or frustration in the 1940's comic strip "Barnaby," written by Crockett Johnson. Don't forget to test your slang street cred and your gift of the gab ability, by taking my small quiz at the end! Darragh from Offaly, When I was younger I used to be going out with a girl whos family sold Perry winkles from Kilkee, Even to this day I'm still called 'Winkles'. Like very sorry? Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on March 17, 2014: Great fun!! ), ...he went to the fox's den with about a pound of good wool, which he threw in and thus addressed him in Irish: "Fox agra, let's be good friends, and do avick let my lambs alone. Born in New Ross, County Wexford but we most commonly used the word craic. Always endearing, and with no hint of malice 'Foreignizing', (yes, I made that up), is another way to tweak your name. Yes, they are the most disgusting and embarrassing names to have but you have to admit they're also quite memorable. If you hate cheese your name is 'Cheesy' & if you never wear a hat you’ll be 'Hats McGee' until your dying day. You've highlighted one phrase used quite a bit here! Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 14, 2012: Great information Suzie HQ. In reference to St. Patrick, this is considered a derogatory term for the Irish and should never be used in polite company. Voted up, funny, and awesome. I have never been to Ireland but if I am lucky enough to get the chance to visit, your hub here will come in quite useful! I would have ever guessed the meaning of some of these words and phrases! Now, if I can just figure out how to afford that trip to Ireland I long for. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 24, 2012: Delighted it gave laughter to start the day, billybuc!! 'Twas they tempted Connor over the sea And I lost my lover, my cushla machree." Appreciate your interest and comments Elle Bee! Must be interesting teaching our slang abroad! She is in love with the countryside and the people. Glad you found hilarious! How-to-crafts from Ireland on July 03, 2012: A great selection of slang words we use in our daily conversations here in Dublin. How to use a word that (literally) drives some pe... Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words? Indeed, since the dawn of time, the Irish have managed to invent our very own slang words and phrases to unleash on all unfamiliar with the lingo! Thanks vespawoolf! Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 19, 2013: Hahaha that was gas! Yes. LOL Glad you enjoyed, appreciate your continued support and votes:-). And who said Strine was an Australian invention? Check out words from the year you were born and more! A very Irish way of getting a nickname is being called something that is the complete opposite of your character. .thank YOU for your kind comments as well. And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.”, “May the sons of your daughters smile up in your face.”, “May the wind at your back always be your own.”, “May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.”, “May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.”, “May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.”, “May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmothers teeth.”, “Praise the child and you praise the mother.”, “The future is not ours to know, and it may never be- so let us live and give our best and give it lavishly!”, “There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 22, 2012: Cheers chef-de-jour! White Irish Catholic. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 11, 2012: Thanks Daniel, Appreciate your comments! I, unfortunately, have never been there, but would love to some day. Appreciate your voting :-). Nicknames for Countries and People in Ireland Antrim – The Glens County or The Saffrons Armagh – The Orchard County, The Cathedral County Carlow – The Dolmen County, The Barrowsiders, The Fighting Cocks, The Scallion Eaters Had a good laugh writing and thinking god we speak a lot of rubbish!! Did you go to Trinners to do your degree? Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on July 18, 2012: Yes! I want to see the citizen. Hope you get to visit here in the near future, you will then be up to speed fully armed with the lingo! It's a lovely, poetic way to refer to your sweetheart—and, indeed, in shows up mostly in Irish folk songs and poetry. Acushla comes from the Irish Gaelic cuisle, which can mean "darling" but more literally means "pulse" or "vein." This is your bread and butter guys. Thanks very much for your comments, much appreciated this part of the globe! Conor McCarthy. My father, from Dublin, often says: Jaysus! Suzie from Carson City on August 23, 2012: I really LOVE this hub!! Experts in planning truly customized trips. It stems from the Gaelic word stōr, which means "treasure. Voting up and useful..thank you for sharing :). With all the different slang and the different accents going on it makes for a very crazy world of language! gwan oura dat ye bleedin' mad ting. Mike Licht,CC-BY-2.0, via flickr. 13 Reasons Why Childhood Friends Are The Best Kind Of Friends, Vodafone Graduate Programme: Meet The Youth Programme Manager, 11 Classic Things Irish People Say To Taxi Drivers. Cat-lick is a spin off on the Irish pronunciation of Catholic. and never thought of it being another "Irish" saying or phrase but it obviously is one! No matter what nicknames we give them, when you’re in need of a shoulder to lean, your friends … Since before time us Irish have managed to invent our very own slang words and phrases to unleash on all unfamiliar with the lingo! Thanks so much for input! You have no idea how much of this I recognised... and I've never been to Ireland! nice wan yea, cyerafter. Hopefully you will get to visit us over this neck of the woods and have a head start in the speech! Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 14, 2012: What quick work you are! Us Irish are a canny lot! .OMG, how did that one escape me? Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz. And as always, they'd never let us down... Hi folks, my nickname is Baggy. Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 26, 2013: Many thanks for visit and comments. Now if I can only save enough to go to Ireland so I can test out my nifty new words! The 'Y' is the easiest/least original way of getting a nickname. Let’s face it; sometimes nicknames aren’t very nice. It would make you jump up and never come down again! These Irish nicknames, whether we agree with them or not, are what we’ve found to be most popular: Since many Irish last names begin with Mc or Mac, if follows that this nickname became one (derogatory) way to refer to the Irish. Then again I live in Massachusetts, and it sometimes seems we have as many Irish people as Ireland does :) Certainly interesting - esepcially how some of these phrases we also use, but for entirely different purpose. @ Susie: Sorry I forgot. It's passed from my grandfather, he had a dog called nip and it was passed down through the years. Barney mavourneen's be it, says I. Is there any way to just say very or really? Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 23, 2012: Voted up and funny. I love it. In this article, we highlight the most commonly heard Irish idioms and words, their meanings, and examples of how they are used in everyday speech. Valuing friendships above all else, the Irish have passed on many words of wisdom for generations.