Irish Language and Culture (Lonely Planet's English Language & Culture Series)

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Bejaysus and begorrah! The next best thing for anyone not blessed with the gift of gab - a grand tour through the language, lilt and laughter of Ireland old and new. So joint in the craic, forget the Blarney Stone, and wrap your tongue around English the way the Irish reinvented it.

-Features special section on Irish Gaelic.
-Lonely Planet's English Language & Culture series goes behind the scenes of languages you thought you knew.
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Overview

Bejaysus and begorrah! The next best thing for anyone not blessed with the gift of gab - a grand tour through the language, lilt and laughter of Ireland old and new. So joint in the craic, forget the Blarney Stone, and wrap your tongue around English the way the Irish reinvented it.

-Features special section on Irish Gaelic.
-Lonely Planet's English Language & Culture series goes behind the scenes of languages you thought you knew.
-Get into the culture and humor behind common - and not so common - English expressions and learn about the local languages that inspired them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781740595773
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Lonely Planet Language and Culture Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 644,901
  • Product dimensions: 3.70 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Short history     7
Introduction     7
Irish English     14
Irish today     15
Seanchai (storytellers)     16
Ulster English     17
Exports     18
Degrees of Irishness     19
Speaking Irish English     21
Pronunciation     22
Grammar     24
Body language     31
Swearing     32
Slang for body parts     32
Greetings     35
Goodbyes     37
General chatter     37
The art of everyday conversation     38
Name calling     42
Getting on your wick     44
More than grand     46
Less than     46
A little add-on with a lot of meaning     46
Weather     47
Police     49
Lifestyle & society     51
The Travellers     52
Religion     53
Superstitions & beliefs     59
Home     64
Family     65
Surnames     67
Clothing     68
City dwellers     69
Outsiders     70
Education     71
Work     75
Technology     77
Money     77
Toilet humour     78
Love & dating     79
Irish politics     83
Current affairs     96
Irish America     97
Travel & transport     99
Distance     99
Time     100
Driving     101
Public transport & taxis     103
Holidaying     103
Food & drink     105
Eating     106
Drinks & drinking     116
Sport     127
Gaelic games     127
Football (soccer)     132
Rugby     136
Horse racing     137
Greyhound racing     138
Other sports     139
Entertainment     143
The Irish pub     143
Parties     148
Traditional Irish music     149
Irish dancing     154
Other entertainment     156
Shopping     156
Movies, theatre & TV     158
Gambling     162
Festivals & get-togethers      163
Slang     167
Doing things     167
People     169
Actions     174
Situations     175
Colloquial expressions     176
Humorous sayings     177
'As...as a'     179
Rhyming slang     180
Smarts cheeky answers     182
Animals, pets & pests     183
Drug culture     184
A few Irish acronyms & terms     185
Misunderstandings     187
Misconceptions     187
UK English     188
US English     188
Regional variations     189
Geographical realities     189
County nicknames     195
Ulster political names     202
Accents     204
Dialectical diversions     205
Dublinisms     209
Belfast slang     209
Cork talk     210
Origins of Irish place names     212
Irish     215
Pronunciation     217
Numbers     219
Time & dates     219
Shopping     221
Meeting people     221
Entertainment      226
Food & drink     228
Wordfinder     229
Index     251
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