Slang is a marvelous thing. It is often beautiful, always fun; it’s intimate and immediate and the imagery can be astonishing. The Irish are really good at it. (I’ve written about this before; here’s just one of many.)
So I can’t even begin to tell you how delighted I was to discover this short video a month ago in the Facebook feed of one of my Irish friends.* It’s the first in a planned series of short films by Jenny Keogh that celebrate Irish slang and colloquialisms; we’re told this one is all about Dublin slang. The Irishman is a Dubliner and over the years I’ve heard most of these, I’m astonished to report.
But you may not have. As we’ve discussed, unless you’re familiar with not only the accent but the slang phrases themselves, you may not be able to understand a word of this. Fortunately, Stan Carey over at Sentence first has got that covered: here’s a handy list of each phrase used. Number 15 explains the title:
15. Story bud? [Short for What’s the story, buddy? = What’s going on? / What’s the news?]
Be sure to click on over to see all seventy-seven of them; you’ll be impressed. One of Stan’s commentors notes you might want to open two windows—one with the translation list and one with the video. Good idea. Hover your cursor over the pause button, as the film moves pretty fast. Enjoy!
UDATE: Here’s the second in the series, called “How’s About Ye?”
And here is Stan Carey’s wonderful translation of the second film. Thanks, Stan!
* Thank you, Lorna Yeates! This little video has made me happy repeatedly.
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