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What's the craic?

strange phrases I've learned so far in Ireland

It's pretty startling at first to hear "What's the craic?" (pronounced 'crack') when out and about. But apparently "the craic" means "the fun" - or "What's going on?"

Since I've been here, the other students and I have started to learn what some of their slang words and phrases are. At first they seem to make no sense until you start to think about some of our slang back at home: wicked, cracking up, hooked up, hella cool, sick, etc. Here is what I've been able to pick up so far:

cheers - thank you
grand - fine/all set
shift - to make out
craic - fun
work away - go for it
eejit or gobshite - idiot
bullox - bullshit
jacks - toilets (but really only guys say this)
session - a long night of drinking
jammers - a place that is very crowded
J1 - a year after college when most Irish students travel to the US or Australia to work and travel for a year
erasmus - study abroad
module - semester course/class
course - major/degree (these make school very difficult to figure out at first)

I wonder how much of the slang I'll be picking up for when I get back to the states? Hopefully people will still be able to understand me when I'm back!

Posted by Lindsey308 05:33 Archived in Ireland Tagged slang

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