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10 stock phrases that should be Irish proverbs

“How did they get planning permission for that?”

Proverb: “How Did They Get Planning Permission For That?”

Usage: Typically muttered when your neighbour starts building an obnoxious extension.

Proverb: “There Are Jobs Going In The Civil Service, Would You Apply For That Now?”

Usage: Typically used by Mams concerned about their wayward adult children.

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Proverb: “At This Point, I’d Take A Draw.”

Usage: Said during any Republic of Ireland match.

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Proverb: “Why Was Wes Hoolahan On The Bench?”

Usage: Typically asked during particularly miserable, goalless Republic of Ireland matches.

Proverb: “I’ll Be Calling Joe Duffy In The Morning”

Usage: Used as a threat when customer service isn’t to your satisfaction.

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Proverb: “Ten Minutes Is A Long Time In Hurling.”

Usage: Used most often during Kilkenny matches when they’re losing, but somehow get it together to win by two points in the last minute. 

Proverb: “Ah, Wuldja Stop, I Look A State”

Usage: Employed when someone dares compliment an Irish woman.

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Proverb: “Thanks, It’s Penneys”

Usage: Most often used to bat off compliments and assure people that you’re down-to-earth and have no notions.

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Proverb: “Isn’t It Well For Some”

Usage: Most often said upon hearing that someone you know is off on their third holiday of the year, the lucky cow. Implies resentment.

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Proverb: “I Should Have Played The Lotto”

Usage: Said despairingly upon hearing that someone won a Lotto jackpot worth €7 million.

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