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  • A small iron stand on which to place a hot teapot or other receptacle.

    June 13, 2007

  • Wordy; bad wordy, not good Wordie

    June 13, 2007

  • Named after Donnybrook Fair, infamous in the 19th century for its faction fights; long since gentrified. 'It has turned into a veritable donnybrook', Apu watching mob warfare unfold in one episode of The Simpsons

    February 23, 2007

  • As an adjective in Ireland, it means 'terrible', 'disgusting' or 'odious'.

    February 23, 2007

  • We call them Swiss these days, but the name of their country is a pleasing remnant of Rennaissance English.

    February 23, 2007

  • Made by planing, or chiselling off an arris

    February 23, 2007

  • I prefer its use for a contemptible group.

    February 22, 2007

  • Only as the Scots/Irish variant of 'small'; the euphemism for 'piss' is a bit too prissy for my liking.

    February 22, 2007

  • I like the laborious metre and sound of the word, and I'm also nostalgic for watching my Granny making butter when I was a wee fellow.

    February 22, 2007

  • I like its archaic synonym for 'livery', as cited above.

    February 22, 2007

  • I first learned this off Billy Connolly when I was about ten; it was his 'Last Chicken in Sainsbury's' sketch. For some time I was pronouncing it with a rolled Scots 'r'. And look how I turned out...

    February 22, 2007

  • The endemic misuse of this word as a synonym for 'perimeter' - i.e. "within those parameters" - is a constant source of irritation for me. The French have both 'périmètre' and 'paramètre' and manage not to confound them.

    December 13, 2006

  • My preference is for this as a verb.

    December 13, 2006

  • n. Particularly contemptuous (and lusty) term for a fool in rural Irish slang. Used by Patrick Kavanagh, among others.

    December 13, 2006

  • n.(pronounced phonetically) Dublin slang for wife or girlfriend. Largely considered derogatory, seeing as it derives from a former slang word for 'vagina'.

    December 13, 2006

  • In Ireland (especially Dublin), also a synonym for 'terrible' or 'awful'.

    December 13, 2006

  • n. Derogatory Irish slang for a priest, a rare example of 20c anti-clericism. Its etymology is self-evident.

    December 13, 2006

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