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12 distinctly Irish ways to describe your hangover

A lexicon of Irish words for the terrible, near-fatal consequences of going on the lash.

JUST LIKE THE Eskimos were rumoured to have a hundred words for snow, Irish people have about a billion words to describe their hangovers.

Read on, if you’re feeling well enough. Take it easy now. Don’t strain yourself.

“I’m in Lego”

Cos you’re in bits. Geddit?!

Source: FlackJacket2010

The horrors

Ah, the horrors. You don’t want to be in there.

Source: Watchcaddy

“I feel like boiled shite”

Evocative, no?

Source: *Fatemeh*

Sick as a small hospital

A serious matter so.

Source: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)

“I’m puking my ring”

Best not to think about the etymology of this phrase too long.

Source: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)

Bottle of ghosts

Literary, but effective.

Source: james.rintamaki

“I’ve had a bad pint”

Yeah, yeah. Tell it to the judge.

Source: star5112

Brown bottle flu

The best of all euphemisms.

Source: brennan.v

“I’m in a heap”

You are yeah.

Source: Scott89

Mouth like a fur boot

Like a piece of old carpet. 500mls of Lucozade, stat.

Source: splityarn

“I’ve got The Fear”

The purest form of existential angst known to man.

Source: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)

In rag order

Ah make us a cup of tea, would you?

Source: sanberdoo

What’s your favourite way to describe a hangover? Let us know in the comments. And feel free to share this if you just can’t even summon up enough energy to describe the pain you’re in. We feel you.

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Fiona Hyde

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