By Mia Wallace
May 20, 2016
There are a number of things I will bring back home with me after this trip — an understanding of different cultures, a more well-rounded view of mass media around the world, an appreciation for Irish history — but most of all a vast new vocabulary of Irish slang.
I’ll give you all a quick low down on some of my favorite thus far:
- Craic : According to our tour guides, Craic has a variety of different meanings. Mainly it is used to describe a wild, good time. If you had an amazing night you would say “that was some savage craic”. But craic can be used on a spectrum of really bad to really, really good. It can also be used as a greeting, like “what’s the craic?” or “how’s the craic?”
- Grand: Grand can be used to describe something that would be considered “good”. If someone asked how your day was going, you could respond that it was going grand!
- Feck: This one is probably my favorite. Feck is an appropriate, kids-and-granny friendly version of the F-word. So, suppose you are at church and you are talking to the priest, instead of dropping that F-bomb, you could say “Wow, that was a fecking good sermon!” and it would be a grand compliment.
Now, I have a grand story to tell you about some fecking good craic. Last night we went to the local pub with our tour guides, Daithi and Johnny. We were told that a traditional Irish band would be playing some traditional Irish tunes. They had an accordion, they had a banjo, they had some fiddles and a set of drums. Well, what I was not expecting was that they did not play traditional Irish tunes on their traditional Irish band instruments at all. They started playing ACDC, Journey and Bob Dylan (just to name a few). I loved listening to some of my favorite classic rock songs I listen to on the radio while driving around at home be played on these traditional Irish instruments. It truly made my night and made me feel a little piece of home while being 3,470 miles away.
To look up some more fun Irish slang, click here!