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11 words that just sound better in a Galway accent

Ya gomey.

1. Sham

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Specifically, someone from Tuam.

As in, “sure he’s a Tuam sham.”


2. Gomey

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An eejit.

As in:

Never sounds better than in the Galway lilt.

3. Wesht

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Said with such pride.

4. Sparch

5. Conya

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Shite, basically.

The word is surely at its most lovely when said by a Galway person in full flight.

6. Horsebox

7. Supermac’s

Said with the original purity of people who’ve been there from the start.

8. Feen

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Galway’s way of saying lad. “Who’s that feen over there?”

9. Feek

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10. Wide

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A wonderfully Galway way of asking if you’re aware of something. Elongate the i sound slightly for best effect.

11. Nothin

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Pronounced “nathin”.


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