Thursday February 20, 2020

Appetite for Distraction: Dear Penneys, please can we have ‘drop the lámh’ T-shirts?

We are very good at romance-related slang in this country – and we need an all-Ireland Love Island so that we can share phrases like ‘lobbing the gob’ with the world

9th February, 2020
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Maura Higgins baffling British viewers of Love Island with her thick midlands accent. Picture: Shutterstock

Dropping the lámh, lobbing the gob, getting the wear, doing a line – these are just some of the evocative and alluring ways to describe various aspects of mystical Irish romance. We have a long and varied tradition of unique slang, built over hundreds and thousands of years of lámh-dropping and gob-lobbing up and down the country.

Is it any wonder, then, that the native tongue of the Love Island villa...

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