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# Etymology

All time
The Irish For: Maura Higgins has brought the word 'shift' to a new audience - but where does it come from?
Shifting is a regional use of a global term, so you can’t just search for the first recorded incidence – you have to look at context.
# words words words
People 'make a hames' of things every day, but what is a 'hames' anyway? We investigate
The very Irish phrase is probably not very Irish in origin.
# Say what?
7 everyday items you're definitely calling the wrong name
And you hadn’t the clue, the entire damn time.
# geebag
8 very interesting origins of Irish slang words
Those words. The good ones. Where do they come from?
# sweary
The effing amazing origins of 6 expletives
Hell, no.
Column: Yola and Fingalian – the forgotten ancient English dialects of Ireland
Yola was a fascinating mediaeval English dialect only spoken in Wexford which, along with Fingallian in Co Dublin, demonstrates the rich, multicultural society that was ancient Ireland, writes Damian Shiels.
# Bad Language
5 everyday words that are actually a little bit racist
Have you accidentally been using racial slurs? Probably.