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Notes on Language and Food

Listen closely to your children and relish their unique expressions during the first few weeks they are here. When they first arrive, most things are "lovely" rather than "good" and if something is really great, it's "brilliant." The expression "wee" (as in "wee dog" or "wee baby") is very common. They soon pick up American slang and their accent diminishes by the time they leave, so enjoy it while you can.

The following list of terms is for your enjoyment. You will have to listen carefully as the children quickly learn the American terms and continue to use then throughout their stay.

OBJECTS KNOWN BY ANOTHER NAME
         
AMERICAN IRISH  AMERICAN IRISH
Flashlight Torch  Stove Cooker
Lawn Garden  Slacks Tousers
Cigarettes Fags  Sweater Jumper/Woolie
Trunk (Car)Boot  Radio Wireless
Hood (Car) Bonnet  Supper Tea
Tennis ShoesGuddies  Lunch Dinner
Mail Post  Teacher Master
Underpants Knickers  Principal Head- master/mistress
UndershirtsVests  Freeway Motorway
Lake Lough  Store Shop
Windshield Windscreen  RefrigeratorFridge
Truck Lorrie  Vacuum CleanerHoover
Umbrella Brollie

FOODS KNOWN BY ANOTHER NAME
         
AMERICAN IRISH  AMERICAN IRISH
Ground BeefMince  Dinner Roll Bops
French FriesChips  Potato ChipsCrisps
Candy Sweets  Cookies Biscuits
Doughnuts Gravy Rings  Pie Tart
Fish SticksFish Fingers Mashed PotatoesChomp
Jello Jelly  Jelly Jam
Rutabagas Turnips

FOODS YOUR IRISH CHILD MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH
     
Ice Cream SaucesSalad Dressings Sweet Potatoes
Ma1ts Ice Cold Drinks Sodas
Root Beer F1oatsBarbequed Foods Mustard
Peanut Butter Syrup Baked Potatoes
Sauces on Meats Tuna Fish Potato Salad
Cucumbers Macaroni Products Corn on the Cob
Watermelon Green Beans Corn in the Can
Cantaloupe Peaches

 

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