A Conversation for Common Irish slang
Recumbentman Started conversation Dec 10, 2004
There is a book "Slanguage - a dictionary of Irish slang" by Bernard Share, published in 1997 by Gill & Macmillan, Dublin. Comprehensive and intriguing. The bee's knees in fact.
http://www.yaelf.com/aueFAQ/mifbeesknees.shtml - surely only the last theory is right: corruption of "business".
Woodpigeon Posted Dec 10, 2004
Recumbentman Posted Dec 10, 2004
Teachers are shameless. A Latin teacher told us that a pineapple was so called because it tasted "almost" like an apple. Load of cobblers, but I still remember the Latin for "almost": paene.
sparklingPaulineG Posted Jun 30, 2009
Watching your p's and q's is said to have originated in England.
In the tavern, ale and beer was measured in pints and quarts.
A quart is two pints.
Every time a server drew a drink, he'd chalk a number under the pints
If the barman was listening to or interrupting a conversation where the speakers wanted privacy, they would say, "Watch your p's and q's."
Recumbentman Posted Jul 1, 2009
I thought it was short for 'pleases and thankyous'.
Sananda Posted Oct 8, 2009
Just to let you know there's a great slang reference at http://www.slang.ie
It details slang from across the 32 counties of Ireland.
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