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17 Things That Irish People Say Vs What They Really Mean

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Sometimes the things that Irish people say make no sense and sometimes they do.

I just posted this image on our Facebook page and wanted to share it in an article with you.

So that in the event you do meet an Irish person you will understand what they mean.

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Things that Irish people say….. They Mean
Grand Very Good
Grand Good
Grand Okay
Grand Bad
Grand Not Okay
Grand Feeling A Bit Down
Grand Depressed
I will yeah I won’t
We just go out for one? There will be many more than one
I’ll do it now in a minute Good luck getting me to do it
I’ll be there in a minute See you in approx 20 – 30 minutes++
Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye ,bye Goodbye
Tis only a mile down the road Approx 1 mile to 10 miles++
I’ll let you go I am finished speaking with you
Sure look Answer to a question
Your Gas/Gas Craic You are a fun person
Craic is mighty This is great fun


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Things that Irish people say versus what they really mean.


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Friday 17th of June 2022

Could you give more information about fairs, celebrations, things that happen in different parts of Ireland throughout the year? I enjoy your posts, especially the things you didn’t know about wolfhounds, Celtic symbols, etc. Keep us posted. Hope you had a good time in Spain.

Veronica Grey

Tuesday 10th of May 2022

I'm guilty of saying 'I'll be with you in a minute', it never is. Also, I say, 'I'd better let you go', usually because I want to go. My timing is better than it used to be; I used to tell one friend, 'I'll see you in an hour'. Somehow, it was always 3 days and 1 hour. Now I usually manage to turn up on the same day!

O'Rourke Kiely Siobhan

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

I’m Irish and I never noticed anything wrong. You wrote it as most Irish say it. Don’t worry about Frank he’ll be grand.


Saturday 19th of February 2022

@O'Rourke Kiely Siobhan,

I also noticed right off that Irish skip saw and just seen everything. I like it.


Saturday 19th of February 2022

@O'Rourke Kiely Siobhan,

Pat Kane

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Top of the morning tomorrow morning to you all.


Friday 14th of June 2019

You're. I don't say it to be mean. Proofreading a piece before publishing it shows that you care about your readers. Everyone makes mistakes.

Don’t ask

Saturday 10th of April 2021

@mystories427, most Irish people I know use your for you’re and been for being. I see what you’re saying, but I view it as a regional way of speaking.