Monday, March 16, 2009

This (sort of) Just In: St. Patrick's Day edition

Red may have the ginger genes, but I’m the writer on this site “lucky” enough to get Irish genes. (Pale skin, a tendency to hold grudges and a suicidal liver. Erin go Bragh!)

As such, I have taken it upon myself to write a St. Patrick’s Day post, with a few bits of Celtic goings on:

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the IRA is back! Splinter groups of the Irish Republican Army are rearing their head in Northern Ireland lately, killing two soldiers and a policeman. Luckily, leaders on both sides of the sectarian divide are condemning the attacks, and people of that region are determined not to let their province devolve into “the Troubles” again. FOR NOW!!! (Cue old timey organ music).

Apparently it's spelled O’Bama. President Obama is part Irish. Jeez, is there any box this dude can’t check? Here is a song about it, which is really silly but also ridiculously catchy. You’ve been warned.

Also back, House of Pain. This white rap group is not from Boston (like everyone thinks) but they are playing a reunion show in Boston. So get out ya seats and jump around!

The Irish invented English. OK that’s not remotely true, but it is a fun fact that a lot of English slang words (especially American English) are believed to have roots in Irish Gaelic. For example, “so long,” comes from the Irish word for goodbye, “slan.” “Snazzy” is thought to come from the Irish word “snasach,” which means shiny. There’s a million others, many of which are in this book. I guess this last one wasn’t so much a “This Just In” as an “Interesting Tid-bit,” but who asked you anyway ye feckin’ eejit?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!


danielle970 said...

I think that in celebration of St. Patty's Day this year, you should record yourself playing "The Wild Rover" and post it on YouTube. Well it's no nay never....

Happy Irish Day, McLizard!

Liz said...

I've given up drinking during the week for Lent, so that probably won't happen tonight Dee Dee, but thanks for the suggestion!

blah said...

On the real St. Patties Day, I offer you all the opportunity to learn how to say "Kiss my Ass" in three different dialects of Gaelic.

May the cat eat you and the devil eat the cat

BTW, that Obama song is really catchy.

East Coast Elite

Falwless said...

I'm pretty sure I'm never going to get that song out of my head now. So, this is from me, in the future, saying thank you. Thanks a lot. Really.

(seriously catchy!)