I would dearly love to travel to Ireland some day. My mother was Scots-Irish, so I’m related to some Griffins somewhere on the Emerald Isle. Here are a few Irish colloquialisms that would be useful:
1. “Sure look it.” Just say this when you don’t know what to say.
2. “A whale of a time” means “a very good time.”
3. “The jacks” are the restrooms. The sexes are written in Irish, so you’d best know the difference between “fir jacks” and “ban jacks.” I would be sure to go into the wrong one. It would be an accident. I wonder if they have pictures on the doors to give visitors a hint.
4. “Go way outta that!” Used in place of “You don’t mean it!” or “I don’t mind.”
6. “Quare” means “very.” “This food looks quare strange.”
7. “Happy out” is used in the present while you’re having a good time. “I’m happy out having a whale of a time!”
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Kiss me. I’m Irish.