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  • n. Whiskey. The term is analogous to uisge beatha (the water of life). 'A drop of the craythur' is a popular if old expression.


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  • Any strong drink, but the default is likely to be whiskey or poteen.

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  • Whiskey only or any strong drink?

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  • "craythur" is a kind of amber word, in that it invariably appears in the phrase "a drop of the craythur".

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  • Tim Finnegan lived in Walkin' Street,
    A gentleman Irish mighty odd;
    He had a brogue both rich and sweet,
    And to rise in the world he carried a hod.
    Now Tim had a sort of a tipplin' way,
    With a love of the whiskey he was born,
    And to help him on with his work each day,
    He'd a drop of the craythur every morn.

    Whack fol the dah O, dance to your partner,
    Welt the floor, your trotters shake;
    Wasn't it the truth I told you,
    Lots of fun at Finnegan's wake!

    - traditional, 'Finnegan's Wake'.

    December 11, 2008