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
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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