Irish Humour: PUT A CORK IN IT!



Patrick Kavanagh said the above and also this: “To write lively verse or prose, to be involved with comedy, requires enormous physical and mental power. The more energy is in a poem or prose work, the more comic it is.” (Collected Prose) 

I wrote a selection of these Irishisms in this link in an entry called ‘Sound as a Bell and Other Irishisms’ in here and ‘Go Spare and Other Irishisms’ in this link. As you may know, the Irish are brilliant at making colourful expressions and nicknames for people and things. I wrote like this: “The most obvious trait, or should I say, the most prominent characteristic of an Irishman/ -woman is their absolutely delicious wit. It shines through everything and anything that is done in the country.”

And I continued to say this:
“The Irish are quick as a flash in inventing brilliant nicknames and the like. There is a statue in a street in Dublin called ‘The Molly Malone’ of the famous ballad. Her nickname is ‘The Tart with the Cart’ – because the poor girl has a rather too low-cut outfit on her! She is the one with the ‘cockles and mussels…’ Also, there was prior to the Spike another statue on that spot called ‘Anna Livia‘ – another name for the River Liffey. Her less flattering nickname was: ‘The Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ as she was sitting there with all the water pouring over her in the torrents and streams!”

I place and have always placed a great value for the sense of humour in people since childhood so to me it is an added bonus to be in situations of a howling comedy with all its multiple sides of tragedy and comedy to it.The bitter-sweet of life. The humour is the spice of life and a great medicine in times of great joy and at all times. 

“The sense of humour is like a parachute that makes the landing softer in all the turns and trials of the life and the living.(My very own saying, by the way.)

Tis for now. Rii xx

PS. Put a cork in it means: Shut up!