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Irish Slang and Phrases Americans Just Don't Understand

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> Meaning: Embarrassed

Referring to the color of one’s cheeks when they are humiliated, scarlet means embarrassed. You can also be scarlet for a friend if they did something embarrassing and you’re feeling for them.

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> Meaning: Excellent

A catch-all for anything great, savage means something is awesome, amazing, etc.

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> Meaning: Fun

Craic roughly translates to fun or good times, as in, “Are you up for a bit of craic tonight?” Minus craic, on the other hand, is a popular phrase meaning “no fun.”

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> Meaning: Shopping

Getting the messages means running errands or shopping for groceries, hardware, or other sundries.

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