Although St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that originates from Ireland, it’s internationally celebrated. The celebration of Irish pride happens on March 17th, and is usually one of the most celebrated events of the year in many countries. St Patrick’s Day started as a religious festival, and over time evolved to one where people celebrate all things Irish and drink a ton of alcohol… Sláinte! (cheers - pronounced slawn-cha)
Here are a few words and phrases you might have already heard of, or maybe some that are completely new to you. Either way, learn these and impress your Irish friends next time you see them!
You’ve likely heard this one before, but for some people it can cause a little confusion, as craic is pronounced like "crack." The most common definition is “How are you doing?” or “What’s up?” when asked in terms of having fun.
Made popular by Derry Girls, “catch yourself on” is used when you want to tell someone to stop being ridiculous.
Forewarning, this is a SUPER colloquial phrase! It’s another name for the toilets, e.g. “Where’s the jacks?” but should only be used when chatting to friends or people you know well (so definitely not one to ask your new Irish boss)
Another cheeky one here - describing someone as “a ride” means they’re very attractive! Use it carefully 👀
If you say you’re going to “do/get the messages” you’re not listening to your voicemails… you’re going to get the food shopping! E.g. “Anyone want anything? I'm heading into town to do the messages."
‘Culchie’ is a word used to describe someone living in a remote part of Ireland. For example, if you’re from Dublin, you tend to refer to anyone that lives outside of Dublin as ‘a culchie’.
‘Giving out’ literally means to complain. For example, “He’s up there giving out to Tony about something or other.”
Not to be confused with the tasty snack you have with cheese, in Northern Ireland, when you say something is ‘cracker’, you’re saying it’s really good.
Whichever way you’re choosing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, have a cracker!