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My mot (girlfriend), got me a copy of Paul Ryan's 'Dublin Wit', and though it's not the kind of thing I regularly read, it is though disposable, a hilarious read that gave me quite intense giggles in bed or at the bog (yes, I'm a bog reader too - and maybe funny books could replace laxatives?), and to more understand common Irish comic lingo, and not feel ill prepared once I've crossed the line in Irish links - all I need now is a typical hat and a glass of Guinness. It's not a particularly long book, it's only 63 pages in length with 12pt size font, and you don't have to start reading from any place really as you just open a page and get stuck in and navigate randomly to wherever you want to go until you find you've read everything when you begin to remember familiar chuckles again. There are a number of black and white sketch drawings (by Tom Matthews - cover: designit illustration by Paul Young, Cartoon Saloon Ltd.) throughout the book, to highlight certain phrases in each category, and at the back there's a section of Dublin slang terms and phrases, though not all of the slangs mentioned in the book are defined, so you might get confused in parts at times. Residents of Dublin can spot local place names, and if possible verify if people there are often this funny? ;) The book was first published in 1986 with the most recent revision being in 1993, so there maybe some obsolete references to places and so forth. The wit that's covered is: Banter and Bitching (perfect for those sniping remarks), Buying and selling (just try speaking like this in Portobello Market, London...), Children (I only liked being one), Xmas (the oul' fella of Xmas, Santa Claus etc.), Compliments (why would you want to compliment someone?), Customers (how to deal with weirdos in Clarks perhaps, dubgirl?), Daily Life (diddies... - I can get away with saying that...), F ashion (Atleast I'm no Mary Hick), Fish (fish markets), Goin' for a Jar (Guinness time), Health and Hygene (so be careful when clickin' mots), Insults and Threats (if you ever see Ronan Keating), Love and Marriage (the ball and chain?), Love Thy Neighbour (impossible for me), Me Husband (hubby bashing - grr!), Pass-Remarkable (no, I don't get that either), Pleasures of Life (It's a Beautiful Day!...), Pregnancy (Bono and Samantha Mumba? - Oh No!), Romance (clickin' mots - with boxes of Tesco value chocolates?), Trials and Tribulations (Boyzone reform - and merge with Westlife), Weather (pissing down with rain - just as I like it!) Each section has a couple of pages dedicated to it, and the layout is nothing fancy, but obvious, just all phrases laid out in turn in no particular order. As you might guess from some of the themes in this book, it's not one to maybe hand to kids - but then again, kids now loads these days! The O'Brien press have a few other books on Irish Wit, so I guess maybe this the Dublin equivalent of more or less London-like postcards of the Queen and so forth. For £4.99 it's not a bad buy, but it should cost less at something that's only 63 pages, and most short novels don't cost much more, but still if you want to get a bit Irish, you could always start here in quick good humour - as the Irish are.
Wit, wisdom, wickedness, banter and bitching from the heart of Dublin, with overheard conversations from Moore Street market.