Cleesawns, Hallions, Tippers and Who-But-Me’s

September 7, 2007 at 1:17 am 2 comments

For reasons too silly to elaborate on, I was looking up early Irish references to the word eejit, and I came across a piece in the Irish Farmers Journal from 1966 which listed some colloquialisms of the day. Do you know what these mean?

  • Monaghan – Gesha, Gosoon, Hait, Hallion, Mizzling
  • Waterford – All the Care, Bit of a Consequence, Dallacker, Tipper, Who-but-Me
  • Other Counties – Cleesawn, Eegit, Jildy, On the bed, Sharoose

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  • Gesha – a girl
  • Gosoon – a boy
  • Hait – nothing (‘I didn’t hear a hait about it’)
  • Hallion – a person of bad reputation
  • Mizzling – raining


  • All the care – wife and children
  • Bit of a consequence – a stuck-up person
  • Dallacker (or Lack) – attractive young girl
  • Tipper – not as bad as a hallion
  • Who but me – a stuck-up person

Other Counties

  • Cleesawn (Clare) – eejit
  • Eegit [with a hard G] (Louth & Meath) – worse than an eejit
  • Jildy (Cork) – dapper
  • On the bed (Kilkenny) – in bed
  • Sharoose (Clare) – Scepticism (‘she had a sharoose on him’)

Entry filed under: Culture, Fun, Ireland, Other Quizzes.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tinyplanet » Links of the day  |  September 7, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    […] record isn’t exactly brimming with examples of good behaviour. (International Herald Tribune)Cleesawns, hallions, tippers and who-but-me’s. Colloquialisms from 1960s Ireland. (Michael […]

  • 2. Anthony Murphy  |  September 8, 2007 at 11:58 am

    When reading Flann O’Brien years ago he mentioned ‘thoolamarawns’ and ‘gawshkogues’. What are these?


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