Irish Slang – Muppet

old Irish man laughingSo you speak English. Why not travel to the land of saints and scholars where English has been lyrically embellished since the dark ages; a week or two in Ireland and I won’t even need a translation dictionary!

A few weeks of hearing your language dancing gracefully and coherantly across the Irish tongue might be more challenging than you think! Ireland may be a predominately english-speaking nation, but the thing that tickled my ears the most when I first moved here and that tends to confuse our stateside guests is some of the slang. So, below is the twenty-first in a series I’m publishing on some common Irish slang that used to confuse us when we first arrived.

Muppet – Idiot.

The second one hears an Irishman speak this word, its meaning is apparent. The person being referred to is not a loveable, colourful creature that entertains children. No. They are a blankly staring, googley-eyed, fluff-for-brains excuse for a person whose mouth moves only when someone has their hand shoved up their hole.