posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy
It's certainly no secret that I love a man with an accent. Any old accent will do, but I especially love a man with a lilting brogue. A charming Irish rogue could talk me into just about anything!
The Irish have a very distinctive form of diction. For example, they often turn a statement into a question simply by inflection, or end a sentence with the word "then." I worked hard to replicate speech patterns in all my Irish characters in The Wild Sight, and make them sound distinctive from non-Irish speakers (like my American heroine).
But sometimes it's not only how an Irishman says something, it's the words used. Slang and euphemisms can be so much fun! I loved listening to all the unique turns of phrases when we were in Ireland, and I tried to recall as many as I could. Unfortunately my memory is sometimes faulty, so thank goodness for the internet! I found all kinds of great websites for things like Irish slang, Irish proverbs, and even Irish curses.
So here are some of my favorite nuggets from my research. You may or may not find them in one of my books someday.
Modern Irish Slang --
Banjaxed: A generally irreversable state of disrepair
Hames: A spectacular mistake
Neddy: A fool
Stall the Ball: Wait a Moment
Wrote off: Very drunk indeed
A few Irish curses --
May the seven terriers of hell sit on the spool of your breast and bark in at your soul-case
But may she still be alive till everyone’s sick at the sight of her
May the devil cut the head off you and make a day's work of your neck
May you be afflicted with the itch and have no nails to scratch with
And last but not least, some Irish proverbs --
Neither give cherries to pigs nor advice to a fool
You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind
A silent mouth is sweet to hear
It's for her own good that the cat purrs
Now it's your turn! Do you have some colorful sayings? Maybe something you remember your Grandma or Grandpa used to say? Please share them with us!