Go Spare & Other Irishisms

Harp n Harpist


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*)

As you may know, the Irish are brilliant at making colourful expressions and nicknames to people and things. Quoting meself: “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.” – I wrote that in an earlier entry called, The Emerald Isle -The Wit which I did some time ago. 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!”

IRISHISMS -The Way that the Irish Express Tings I





Go spare

I nearly went spare!

Lose one’s mental faculties.


What’s the face

What’s his/her face?

What’s his/her name?



Food is in the press.

Food is in the cupboard.


In one’s face

She’s really in-your-face.

She’s really upfront.


Tingy, yoke

This tingy/yoke

This thing.


Hot press

Towels are in the hot press.

Towels are in the airing cupboard.



That one whatsy-ma-callit?

That one what is his/her name again?



It was an absolute rip-off!

It was so expensive and not really worth it.


Up to me eyes and beyond

I am up to me eyes and beyond!

I have too much to do!


Softness coming

There is softness coming.

It is about to rain.


Do You know any of these sayings?

I place and have always placed a great value for the sense of humour in persons 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 as 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 yet again. Riihele xx.

* Collected Prose
No Earthly Estate God and Patrick Kavanagh: An Anthology
by Tom Stack.


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