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Mostly Irish, Mostly Funny.
on 24 November 2014
I am half irish and so are the contents of this book. Some of the idioms are pure cockney and would never be uttered in the emerald isle except by those who have spent considerable time in england.
I think the people most in need of this book are on the far side of the atlantic and have recently come in contact with 'Mrs. Browns Boys' or are still puzzling over sayings from 'Father Ted.
The most glaring omission is no explanation of 'eejit' which baffles some people not knowing it is derived from the mispronunciation of 'idiot'.
The Irish recipes are a help to understand a nation that seems incapable of cooking anything but desserts without the inclusion of potatoes.
The full lyrics of songs that plague all Irish gatherings had the glaring omission of 'Macalpines Fusileers'
Having made those complaints the book is a perfect example of the self deprecating humour of the nation and an irreverent glimpse of the more ludicrous parts of its mores and history.
I will be buying more books by the authors.