Amused and inspired by a trending topic on Twitter called ‘Struggles of Being Irish’, I was reminded that occasionally I say something in emails or chat to my internet friends and they don’t know what the heck I’m talking about.
I write books in an American voice with America spelling, terms, slang and,
mainly American characters. I do draw on my Irish roots in the majority of
things I write. In all but one of my published and non-published work, there is
some reference to Ireland. So today, I thought I would offer a few fun
What we say - Moth(pronounced mot)
What we don't always mean – A winged insect
Irish translation – Girlfriend or wife
What we say -Shift
What we don't always mean – To move
Irish translation - Kissed
What we say -Craic
What we don't always mean – hard drugs
Irish translation - Fun, entertainment, enjoyment. "The craic was ninety" for good. "There was no craic" for bad.
What we say - A ride
What we don't always mean – traveling on something
Irish translation - A good-looking person
What we say - Massive
What we don't always mean – Large
Irish translation - Handsome, beautiful, wonderful.
What we say -Stop the lights
What we don't always mean – Make it dark
Irish translation - That's unbelievable
What we say - Throwing shapes
What we don't always mean – Throwing anything
Irish translation - Showing off
What we say - Locked
What we don't always mean – Secured
Irish translation - Drunk
What we say -Twisted
What we don't always mean – Knotted or tangled
Irish translation - Very drunk
What we say - Sound
What we don't always mean – noise
Irish translation - very nice
What we say - My hole
What we don't always mean – My hole
Irish translation - I don't believe you
What we say - Be wide
What we don't always mean – girth
Irish translation - Be careful
What we say - Cute
What we don't always mean – Good looking
Irish translation - Clever or sly
What we say - Dry Shite
What we always mean – Constipation
Irish translation - A boring person
That's just a couple of the hundreds of ways Irish people say things and mean something else entirely. Is it any wonder travelers get confused? Check out the twitter topic for more amusing and accurate tweets about the Irish.
So, while we are on the subject of Ireland, The Holders by Julianna Scott will be released from Strange Chemistry on March 5th. I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of this book, set in Ireland, and I highly recommend it.
17-year-old Becca spent
her whole life protecting her brother from, well, everything. The
abandonment of their father, the so called 'experts' who insist that
voices in his head are unnatural and must be dealt with, and the
constant threat of being taken away to some hospital and studied like an
animal. When two representatives appear claiming to have the answers to
Ryland's perceived problem, Becca doesn't buy it for one second. That
is until they seem to know things about Ryland and about Becca and
Ryland's family, that forces Becca to concede that there may be more to
these people than meets the eye. Though still highly skeptical, Becca
agrees to do what's best for Ryland.
What they find at St.
Brigid's is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they
piece together the information of their family's heritage, their
estranged Father, and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland
is the one they've been waiting for. However, they are all--especially
Becca--in for a surprise that will change what they thought they knew
about themselves and their kind.
She meets Alex, a Holder who is
fiercely loyal to their race, and for some reason, Becca and Ryland.
There's an attraction between Becca and Alex that can't be denied, but
her true nature seems destined to keep them apart. However, certain
destinies may not be as clear cut as everyone has always believed them
Becca is lost, but found at the same time. Can she bring
herself to leave Ryland now that he's settled and can clearly see his
future? Will she be able to put the the feelings she has for Alex aside
and head back to the US? And can Becca and Ryland ever forgive their
father for what he's done?
The Holders on Goodreads
Find more on Julianna Scott here
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