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Irish Slang and Phrases Americans Just Don't Understand

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> Meaning: Lucky

Jammy means incredibly lucky, maybe undeservedly so. If you find an envelope of money on the sidewalk, people may call you a jammy sod.

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> Meaning: Potato chips

Ask for chips and you’ll get a serving of thick-cut fried potatoes that are not quite as crispy as American French fries. If what you actually want is potato chips, then ask for crisps.

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> Meaning: Rich

Minted means wealthy. For example, “Can’t your mum just pay for it? She’s minted!”

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