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6 things an Irish mammy will always whisper

Some things cannot be said aloud. Ever.

1. “Partner”

When referring to a significant other in a gay relationship. Usually the significant other of the son or daughter of one of her friends.

Marie said Donal is bringing the partner over for dinner on Sunday. She’s going to make a crumble.

“What about your partner, Donal. Will he have a bit?” (Flickr/Creative Commons/Fifikins)

2. “Drugs”

When explaining how the son of the principal of the local secondary school had ended up in fierce trouble.

Oh that fella? Drugs.

3. The name of a disgraced priest

You know… the one who ran away with the housekeeper.

But sure you remember what happened with Father Brown?

“They’re in Marbella I believe.” (

4. Pregnant

This is only whispered when it’s a scandal.

Did you hear about young Curley? Pregnant. She has her mother’s heart broken.

5. The last few words of this bit of mass:

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his holy Church.

“Have you a euro for the basket?” (Flickr/Creative Commons/Evan Sims)

6. Bra

One couldn’t be saying such an uncouth word out loud.

Now, would you wear a bra with that?

“Would that Winnie Paltrow one ever put a bra on her?” (Branimir Kvartuc/Daily Breeze /EMPICS Entertainment)

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