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Talk like an Irishman: words you'll hear in the Emerald Isle

By Peter Rosen | Posted - Mar. 17, 2012 at 10:27 p.m.



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WEST VALLEY CITY -- English is the official language in Ireland, although some words or word useage might sound a little foreign to American ears.

We consulted with Galway natives Alan Scariff and Kieran Hardiman about their vocabulary.

Brilliant: Great, as in "That's brilliant news."

Craic (pronounced "crack"): Fun, as in "It was good craic," or news, as in "What's the craic with ya?" This was an English word that was borrowed into Irish Gaelic and then borrowed back into English.

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Hardiman and Scariff grew up in Ireland, became world champion Irish stepdancers, toured with "Riverdance," and last year took over the Crawford School of Irish Dance in Salt Lake City. It's now the Scariff- Hardiman School of Irish Dance.

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