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Wicked Irish : [for the traveler]
Tomb, Howard, 1959-
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New York : Workman, [1999]

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64 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm
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PN6231.I7 T66 1999 Adult Mass Market Paperback Non-Fiction Area

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Master the gift of gab with the phrase book that makes Erin go ha!

From Dublin on Five Pints an Hour to Genuflection for Beginners , Wicked Irish helps visitors negotiate the nuances of a country where even trees are considered Protestant or Catholic. Learn to flatter customs agents: "'Tis a grand machine you have there, officer!" Politely decline the heavy Irish breakfast: "I've given up pig entrails/congealed blood for Lent." Show appreciation for fine whiskey: "ACK ACK! Mother Mary! That goes down the nun's knickers!" There's even a special section just for golfers: "Should I replace divots in consecrated ground? Am I entitled to relief from this dolmen/ewe/leprechaun? Shite! I don't usually lose a putt in the wind."

Wicked Irish is instant gift of gab, and soon you'll be toasting newfound friends, strangers, barmaids, and even stray dogs with confidence.



DRIVING TIPS Safe driving depends on good habits and instincts, since you don't have time to think in emergencies. That's why life is so dangerous on the left side of the road: the habits you've nurtured for as long as long as you've been driving are suddenly wrong. A simple right turn could be murder. Irish cars have standard transmissions, so you have to drive and shift on the left. Most roads feature potholes and stone walls (known as "ditches" or "hedges"), not shoulders. Where you'd expect an intersection you'll find a roundabout. The urge to drink can be powerful (What's an Irish vacation without alcohol, after all?), but impaired drivers go home in a box. DO NOT * Drive at night * Drink and drive * Attempt to become airborne on bumpy roads * Transport livestock without permission DO * Grab every last scrap of insurance * Rent the largest car you can find to gain a Newtonian advantage in a head-on collision * Ask the rental agent for religious statuary * Consider a bus tour Excerpted from Wicked Irish. Copyright Excerpted from Wicked Irish by Howard Tomb All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Several Dozen Welcomes Pronunciation Disclaimer
Travel and Accommodation
Celtic Customs Taxing Cabbies Irish Road Kill Driving
Tips On Guard Road Signs Finding
Your Way Master the Road Wave When
Irish Eyes are Prying Slightly Beyond
Murphyis Bed Youth Hostile Traveleris Prayer
A Wee Bit of History Portrait of the Tourist as a Young Literature
Major Gaelo-matic Quick Reference Guide Lash %em Thrash %em Letis Talk Sheep Slur OiRama Unraveling a Yarn Dial a Saint Our Father Knows Best Genuflect Like You Mean It
Food, Drink, and Recovery
Surviving a Paddyis Breakfast Five Easy Pieces of Ice Spud with a Thousand Faces Last Crawl for Alcohol Share
Their Pain Whisky Flavor Wheel Angelais Warpath Pool %ni Dart Night Close Encounters of the Pub Kind
Sightseeing and Other Thrills
Quiverdance Detecting the Sights of Dublin Dublin on Five Pints an Hour
The Illuminated Doodle Stout-Bellied Man Shop %til You Stop Testing
Irish Hospitality Exploring the Royal Rubble
The Shamis Rock Better Left Unsaid Links on the Brink
Your Turf Accountant
Social Ireland
Your Very Extended Family Politics, Religion, and Health Kiss My Aphorism Romancing a Lassie Romancing a Laddie
In Loving Memory The Inevitable Thank-You