Feb 10, 2013

Irish Translation for non-Irish Folks

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 translations.

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 to be.

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

Check in Thurday for information on Omnific Publishing's Anniversary Giveaway, with three kindles stuffed with books looking for new homes.

1 comment :

  1. this is great! I love to hear and read other terms within language and I'm very.guilty of stopping you and asking "What does that mean?"

    The book sounds into interesting.