Related to Irishism: Amish


An Irish idiom or custom.
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an Irish custom or idiom
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(ˈaɪ rɪˌʃɪz əm)

a custom, manner, practice, idiom, etc., characteristic of the Irish.
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1. a word or phrase commonly used in Ireland rather than England or America, as begorra.
2. a mode of speech, idiom, or custom characteristic of the Irish. Also Iricism.
See also: Language
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No man in the industrial machine is a free-will agent, except the large capitalist, and he isn't, if you'll pardon the Irishism.* You see, the masters are quite sure that they are right in what they are doing.
Her pithy Irishism is addressed to a snooty, annoying character called "Martin Sixsmith" (played by Steve Coogan).
(5) While these opinions were clearly an example of what O'Farrell called 'Irishism carried to the extreme of absurdity', it cannot be denied that corners of virulent anti-Vaughan sentiment did exist in the Australian church in 1883.
'This is a good week not to do too much practice,' which sounded like a classic Irishism.
(39) The term "Irishism" was created to refer to the "condition of depravity and degradation habitual to immigrants." (40) While disagreeing with their alleged inferior position, the Irish strongly believed that they were different from the Anglo-Americans.
"The language is too strong in most parts of the Gaeltachtaa, particularly here in Connemara, to succumb to outside influences, " he says defiantly, adding with a marvellous touch of Irishism: "Everybody speaks it in these parts, and the further west you go that's even truer."
CRAIC The word "craic" - our most commonly used Irishism
MY 'Irishism' of the week comes from Liam Shannon, chairman of the West Belfast Felons Club, run by ex-Republican prisoners.
Austen seems to have appreciated Edgeworth's ability to convey social conventions through brilliant dialogue and what Sir Walter Scott referred to as those "striking pictures of manners" and "Irishisms" that he was determined to emulate in relation to Scotland (qtd.
1919: 4; "Bar Offensive Stage Irishisms," Gaelic American 18 Mar.
Sometimes, it's the unique Irishisms that get the biggest laugh, especially when they're lost in translation.