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What are the Irish catchphrases for the next generation?

Take note.


We bet you can’t say that word three times fast.

But some words you will be using with great frequency over the next few years? The ones in these phrases below: the rising stars of the Irish vernacular, the colloquialisms that are all set to become front and centre of our shared cultural vocabulary.

It’s time to move on from Father Ted quotes and Falls On Ice Guy, as much as we love them. The time is here – these are the catchphrases for the next generation.


pull1 Source: Flickr

You’d have to have been living under a rock for the Olympics this summer to miss this one. We love the O’Donovan brothers. Their impact on common parlance is a toss-up between this and “shteak and shpuds” but we reckon “pull like a dog” has more longevity potential due to its sheer nonsensical nature.


frostbit2 Source: Flickr

Popularised by a teenager being interviewed about the cold snap up in Derry in 2015. If you haven’t seen it yet, firstly you’re in for a real treat, and secondly it’ll soon become part of your go-to phrasology on an icy day. We promse. Check it out here.


diff Source: Flickr

3 million views on YouTube don’t lie – Hit The Diff is an Irish sensation. If you haven’t heard the dulcet tones of Monaghan’s Marty Mone belting out this banger, you’re missing out.



Ah, Sharon. This moment was immortalised a few years ago when she was caught looking wholly disapproving and suppressing some giggles at a completely notions-tastic segment on the news about contemporary dance. Never change.

A meme for the ages… Check it out here.


g, Source: Flickr

Spice bags really came out of nowhere in the past few years – and from humble beginnings, they have come to dominate the all-important takeaway landscape. Move over three-in-ones. Your heir is apparent.


k Source: Flicke

We’ve all heard the old chestnut about the person learning English in Ireland who believes that “Thanks – Penneys” is an Irish term of gratitude. Nope, it just means most of our clothes come from the most-loved place on the high street to be honest. But let’s finally make this official, for God’s sake.

Now it’s over to you… What do you reckon will be the ultimate Irish catchphrases for the next generation? Unleash your blistering wisdom in the comments section.

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