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A Definitive Ranking Of Irish Ways To End A Conversation

The Irish: Good at starting conversations. Better at ending them.
May 24th 2015, 8:15 PM 17,836 4

THEY SAY IRISH people have the gift of the gab. What they don’t know is that we’re even better at ending conversations, whether we want to or not.

Here is a definitive ranking of the eight phrases that kill Irish conversations, in order of devastation.


byebyebye Source: Shutterstock

What it means: I would have hung up on you instantly only I don’t want to be rude.


iwillyeah Source: YouTube

What it means:  I won’t, actually. Stop.


surelookit Source: BBC

What it means: I have no idea how to answer you, but I’ll say this to be polite.


gasman Source: Flickr/Twentyfour Students

What it means: Your joke was kind of funny, but I wish to move on now.


any longer Source: Shutterstock

What it means: I don’t want to talk to you anymore, but I’m going to make it LOOK like you’re the one who has to go.


you'llhavethat Source: Shutterstock

What it means: I empathise with you, but I don’t care enough to explore the topic further.


knowyourself Source: Shutterstock

What it means: Yep, thanks. Bye.


sure this is it Source:

What it means: The topic has reached its natural end, and I’m not even bothered to finish it off by forming a sentence that actually relates to it.

Congratulations. The conversation is dead as a dodo.

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Valerie Loftus


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