I know that in Ireland everyone studies the Irish Language in school, but that the only people who regularly converse in Irish are individuals who just happen to be very fond of the language and see value in keeping it alive.
But are there any common expressions, proverbs, speech fillers, exclamations that enter into daily conversation that just come out of common cultural consciousness? Expressions in Irish that would causually be included in a conversation that is otherwise in English?
Anything that would be analogous to the way American Jews of Eruopean descent commonly use Yiddish expressions?
If the answer is “no”, well, I guess we’re done. But if you do have examples please, to the best of your ability, provide:
The Irish phrase
A word for word literal translation
An explanation of the intended meaning (if different from the literal meaning)
Context in which it would be used
I am particularly, though not exclusively, interested in funny ones.
Thanks in advance!
P.S. What is the Straight Dope on how we are supposed to refer to this language?
Among Irish-Americans who love and study the language there has been an effort to stop using the term “Gaelic”, to use the term “Irish” to distinguish it from Scottish Gaelic.
The TY series of instructional books uses “Irish” for Irish Gaelic and “Gaelic” for Scottish Gaelic.
However, when I have heard Irish people from Ireland reference the language, they tend to say “Gaelic”.