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9 words and phrases it's unacceptable for Irish people to say

In 2016, eliminate ‘on fleek’ from your vocabulary.

1. “Mom”

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We understand that there are parts of Ireland where “Mom” is used. But for everyone else — what are you at? It’s either Mam or Mum, and if you insist on calling her Mom, then chances are you’ve been watching too much MTV.

2. “Snog”

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Who raised you? The snog has no place in Irish conversation.

Go with shift, maul, lob the gob or even just plain ol’ kiss.

#BanSnog2016

3. “Make out”

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Leave “making out” to characters in Saved By The Bell, okay?

4. “Top o’ the morning”

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Unless you work in a tourist trap and want to get tips from American visitors, there is absolutely no need for any Irish person to ever utter these words.

5. “Awesome”

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“Awesome” is one of those Americanisms that has crept into our everyday speech.

And while it’s sometimes applicable  – for example, when you catch a glimpse of something truly spectacular like, say, Northern Lights — more often than not, it’s completely OTT/makes the speaker sound like a wannabe Californian surfer.

Leave it out.

6. “On fleek”

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Are you from Co. Clare? Then you have no business saying ‘on fleek’.

7.  ”Netflix and chill”

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Unacceptable for saying out loud full stop.

8. “Bae”

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Take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask yourself, “What would my granny in Tullamore make of me calling my boyfriend ‘bae’?”

9. “Mate”

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Referring to your friends as mates? Acceptable.

Calling another human being “mate” as in “Alright, mate?”

Off to Albert Square with you, mate.

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