Monday, 26th May 2008 saw the launch of a new book called For Focal Sake: A 32 County Guide to Irish Slang. I had the privilege to review an advanced copy of this publication and have to say, it’s both hilarious and brilliantly put together.
It features a collection of the most popular slang terms from each of the 32 counties of Ireland, based on submissions to the popular slang.ie website. In addition, there is a brief (but informative) outline of each county including its colloquial name, names of some of the funnier townlands from that county and so on. My favourite part of the entire book has to be the collection of Irish words for being drunk – it’s absolutely priceless.
The front cover (below) is also great and would make a great T-Shirt!
You can find out more about it on the official Slang.ie website.