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Irish Glossary

An Lar - City Center
A Chara - Friend
Avon, Owen - River
Aw, Ow - River
Bally - Town
Bangers - Sausage
Black & Tan - Half Guinness & Half Bass
Bonnet - Car Hood
Boot - Car Trunk
Bord Failte - Irish Tourist Board (board of welcomes)
Brilliant - Great
Caravan Travel Trailer - Small House Trailer
Carraig - Rock
Carrick - Rock
Cead Mile Failte - A hundred thousand welcomes (kay-d mile Fawlcha)
Ceili - Irish Dance (kaylee)
Cheers - Thanks or Good-bye
Chemist - Pharmacy
Chips - French Fries
Craic - Fun
Crisps - Potato Chips
Dear - Expensive
Dollied Up - Dressed Up
Dun - Fort
Eejit - Idiot
Ennis - Island
Ensuite - Room with a private bath
Erin Go Bragh  - Ireland Forever
Fag - Cigarette
Fir - Men (Men's room)
Fry - Full Irish breakfast
Gaeltacht - Irish Speaking Area
Garda Siochana - Policeman
Half & Half - Half Guinness & Half Harp (don't call it a black and tan)
i (green sign w/ letter "i") - Tourist Information Office
Inis - Island
Jar - Measure of Drink
Jumper - Sweater
Kill, Kil - Church
Lift - Elevator
Lorry - Truck
Lough - Lake
Mna - Women (Women's room)
Off-License - Liquor store
Petrol - Gas/Fuel
Pissed - Drunk
Poitin/Poteen - Moonshine
Pudding - Dessert
Quay - Waterfront
Queue - Wait in Line
Quid, also called Bob - Money
Rashers - Bacon
Roundabout - Traffic Circle
Rubbish - Trash/Not True
Scheme - A legitimate plan or project
Scone - Sweet Biscuit
Slag - Teasing
Slainte - Cheers (pronounced schlancha)
Slan - Farewell (there isn't an Irish word for good bye)
Slan Go Foill - So Long
Stone - Forteen Pounds
Sweets - Candy
Take-Away - Take Out Food
Taoiseach - Prime Minister (teeshock)
Till - Cash register or ATM
Toilet, also called Loo - Restroom
Touron - A cross between a tourist and a moron
Trainers - Tennis Shoes
Two Fingers - Two fingers has the same meaning as one middle finger regardless of which way your fingers are pointing. So don't ask for two by holding up two fingers!
Windscreen - Windshield


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