• Poxy Poundstretcher: A Guide To The English Spoken in Galway, Ireland

    Galway, in western Ireland, is one of the country’s most popular tourist locations. It is known for its beaches, the Aran Islands and its lively social and cultural life.

    Here is a brief vocabulary guide if you are planning a visit there.

    A galwegian is someone from galway.

    No panic means don’t worry.

    Knackered means tired.

    A friend is called a suballa.

    A stupid person is called a plonker.

    Destroyed means drunk.

    If you want to call someone lazy you can say if there was work in bed, you’d be asleep on the floor.

    To take a gake at someone or something is to look at them.

    A lot of something is called a hape.

    Shkyup is an expression of extreme happiness.

    A person who is tight with money is called a poundstretcher. 

    Musha is a term of affection. For example, well musha it’s great to see you.

    An old man or your father can be called the auld fella.

    If something is great it is class.  For example you can say a class party.

    A messer is someone who doesn’t take things seriously.

    If a man is trying to plamas you it means he is trying to chat you up.

    If someone is making fun of you they are said to be jiving.

    If someone is very lucky they are called poxy.

    If someone gets hockeyed it means beaten up.

    If something is tome it means great. 

    A wife or a girlfriend is often referred to as a qweer wan.

    If something is disgusting it is called mouldy.

    If someone is blaggarding you it means they are joking.

    To search for something is to root around.

    To love someone or something like a fat kid loves cake means you really love them.

    If someone is gimped it means they are intoxicated.

    If it is easy to take advantage of you, you can be called a soft touch.

    Galway is famous for its traditional Irish music scene. Let’s enjoy some of this now.

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