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14 words and phrases that have a totally different meaning in Dublin

Excuse me, what does that mean? “Ask me bollix.”

Source: muellermartin

AH, DUBLIN. WHERE words take on a different significance altogether.

1. Lee Marvin

Source: Wikipedia

What it usually means: Vintage American actor known for playing bad guys in Westerns.

What it means in Dublin: Hungry. “You going to the chipper? I’m Lee bleedin’ Marvin.”

2. Crips

Source: AP/Press Association Images

What it usually means: Feared US street gang known for its violent rivalry with the Bloods.

What it means in Dublin: Crisps, which come in packages. To wit: “Gis a package a crips willya?”

3. Spanner

Source: zzpza

What it usually means: Handy tool for tightening bolts, basic plumbing repairs, etc.

What it means in Dublin: Eejit. “He slipped over in the jacks? What a feckin spanner.”

4. Banjoed

Source: wackystuff

What it usually means: Unclear. Perhaps someone who has listened to an awful lot of bluegrass music?

What it means in Dublin: Hungover to f***. “Ah stop. I’m banjoed.”

5. Dirtbird

Source: winnu

What it usually means: A bird that has somehow soiled itself, perhaps by accidentally flying into a patch of mud (see above).

What it means in Dublin: Someone who is fond of the smuttier things in life. “Shut UP ye dirtbird, the ma’s asleep in the next room.”

6. Bucket of snots

Source: tanjila

What it usually means: Stuff from your nose, which in this case has been collected in a bucket for some reason.

What it means in Dublin: Ugly person, as in: “HIM? He looks like a bucket of snots.”

7. Puss

Source: Tomi Tapio

What it usually means: Familiar, informal way to address a cat whom you know well.

What it means in Dublin: Face, in a bad way. “Puss on her like a badly smacked arse.”

8. Mawldy

Source: Benimoto

What it usually means: Nothing really. Mouldy, but you did a little yawn while saying it?

What it means in Dublin: A term of disgust for any unappealing object. “Jesus, look at the mawldy head on that lad.”

9. Hole

Source: Graham Hughes

What it usually means: Pit, crater. A hollow place in a solid body or surface.

What it means in Dublin: A below-the-waistline orifice. Either one, in fact – it’s useful like that.

“Where’s Danny?” “He’s gone to Coppers to get his hole. But while you’re here Seanie, I wanted to ask about that money you owe me.” “Ask me hole.”

10. Pox

Source: GYLo

What it usually means: A disease with a vaguely medieval air.

What it means in Dublin: Anyone who’s a nuisance, especially Bono. The perfect example: “Bono is a pox.”

11. Skinny Malink

Source: Quinn Dombrowski

What it usually means: Absolutely nothing. Nonsense words that a child might say.

What it means in Dublin: A thin person. “Yer wan over there, skinny malink, is giving us the stinkeye.”

12. Yoke

Source: Svadilfari

What it usually means: “A wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plough or cart that they are to pull.”

What it means in Dublin: Absolutely anything. But particularly, an ecstasy tablet.

“Pass us the thing, you know, the yoke there.” “No idea what you’re on about … [long pause] … Any yokes?”

13. Ask me bollix

Source: Daquella manera

What it usually means: “Sir, please address your question to my testicles.”

What it means in Dublin: All-purpose response to any question you don’t want to answer. “I’m asking you to have that on my desk by this afternoon.” “Ask me bollix.”

14. Bang

Source: (davide)

What it usually means: A sudden, alarming noise

What it means in Dublin: A terrible smell. “Yeah, I think he was going out. Bang of CK One off him would sink a horse.”

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