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The Colourful Language of Northern Ireland
Compliments
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Just as readily as they dish out criticisms and put downs, the people of Northern Ireland will give fair credit to anyone in the community who is a genuinely good person. Or at least these quaint expressions were intended as compliments -

"She has a heart of corn."
"He's a civil auld craithur."
"She's a tarbil dacent woman."

ANY COMPLIMENT ABOUT YOUR APPEARANCE FROM AN ULSTERMAN SHOULD BE CAREFULLY EXAMINED FOR TRACES OF SARCASM.

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"My hand on yer hat!"

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"She would give you the bite out of her mouth ."


"He wouldn't pass you."


"I never once heard him turn his tongue on his father or mother."

"She has thon place sittin' like a babby house."

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