Some words to know on St. Patrick's Day:

Lá Fhéile Pádraig (LAW AY-luh PAW-rihg) = St. Patrick's Day

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! (BAN-uhkh-tee nuh FAY-luh PAW-rihg O-rihv) = Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!

Éire go Brách (AY-ruh guh BRAWKH) = Ireland Forever!

Sláinte is táinte! (SLAWN-chuh iss TAWN-chuh) = Health and wealth!

Caith siar é is ná lig aniar é! (KAH SEE-uhr ay iss NAW LIHG uh-NEE-uhr ay) = Toss it back and don't let it come back up (your liquor, that is)

Levels of devotion, in increasing order of intensity:

  1. súgach (SOO-guhkh) = tipsy
  2. ar meisce (ehr MESH-kyuh) = drunk
  3. ar deargmheisce (ehr JA-ruhg-VESH-kyuh) = wildly drunk
  4. caoch ólta (KWEEKH OHL-tuh) = blind drunk
  5. ar an lár (ehr uh LAWR) = on the floor

Ach is leor nod don eolach, a chairde: seachnaígí an roth stiúrtha!
But a word to the wise, my friends: stay away from the steering wheel!

2009-08-02 CPD