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Here's how you say 'YOLO' in Irish

Sound down with the kids as Gaeilge.

WE ARE CURRENTLY in the middle of Seachtain na Gaeilge.

The fortnight-long celebration of the Irish language encourages people to get reacquainted with Gaeilge.

In that spirit, RTÉ’s TwoTube has compiled this exceedingly helpful guide to texting as Gaeilge.

Source: Two Tube/YouTube

Three easy ones to start with:

  • LOL  = GOA (Gáire ós ard)
  • OMG = OMD (Ó mo Dhia)
  • YOLO = NASAA (Níl ach saol amháin agat)
  • LMAO = ABMTAG (Ag briseadh mo thóin ag gáire)
  • ROFL = RTUG (Rolladh timpeall on urlair ag gáire)

Want to say “totes”? “Cinntewinnte” is where it’s at.

TOTES Source: TwoTube/YouTube

The slightly insincere “soz” becomes the completely insincere “brónies”.

bronies Source: TwoTube/YouTube

Become separated from your mates on a night out?

wil Source: TwoTube/YouTube

Seems a bit of a stretch to call this Irish, but we’ll allow it.

coola Source: TwoTube/YouTube

Meanwhile, still no Irish translation for “bae”.

We propose this:


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