i was at breakfast in a dublin hotel yesterday and this american guy said 'top o' the morning to ye!' i said hi welcome to dublin.the funny thing is irish people (not decendents) dont ever say that except the house of pain cause its not an irish saying but this chap hadn't a clue,he even asked me were leprauchauns extinct! so i told him no to be sure to be sure!,i told him i would sell him mine but to be careful coz he bites your bum if you give him guinness after midnight!
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 25, 2007, at 5:15 PM by dar egan ]
I think he would bit your bum, if u dont give him Guinness after midnight.
Tell that American that Pog mo Thoin means good morning.
I saw an interview with Garth Brooks, where he was very embarassed to have told half the population of Ireland to kiss his ass and wondered why they looked at him like that, when he said good morning.
Reminds me of a discussion I once overheard regarding whether or not Sherlock Holmes really lived at Baker St.
try to use your common sense in this case otherwise . . .
It does sound ignorant, but sometimes all people know about a country are the stereotypes. I once worked on translating a project from France where the winners of a contest got to visit Canada - and the whole thing was called the Moose-a-Thon or something. We rolled our eyes over here, but elsewhere that must be what they think of when they think Canada.
So the best thing to do is inform the visitors nicely that they have it a little wrong, and laugh it off. Or point and laugh when they're not looking. Both work!