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English As We Speak It in Ireland

by P.W. Joyce

A fascinating collection of Irish dialect terms in common use a century ago. It shows that old English phrases, no longer used in England itself, were widespread around Dublin, whilst Gaelic terms survived across the west, and of course 'Scottishisms' predominated in Ulster. Much of these last ones I heard as a child. Needless to say, the pseudo-Gaelic word 'craic' (invented by the Irish media in the 1960s as a blarnified version of the Northern English/Scots word crack) is nowhere to be found...

Reviewed on 2012.01.05

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