English in Ireland #17: On his/her way out
Only in Ireland would you talk about a person approaching death as you would a person leaving a bar.
Speaker 1: How’s Tom doing in hospital?
Speaker 2: Unfortunately, He’s on his way out. I don’t think he’ll be with us for much longer.
English in Ireland #18: Get your finger out
I can remember hearing this being shouted countless times on the football pitch by an angry coach when a player was not reaching his/her full potential during a match. Or when I was a child and my father would say this when he wanted me to hurry up and finish tidying my bedroom
Coach: Come on. Get your finger out and start passing the ball. Otherwise the other team will score a goal and win the match. We’re running out of time.
Player: That’s not fair! I’m trying my best.
English in Ireland #19: You could skin a cat out there
Animal cruelty pops up again and this time it’s a weather related idiom which means it’s freezing cold outside. I can’t understand the connection between putting on warm clothes to go outside and removing a cat’s skin.
Speaker: Oh my god. Don‘t go outside without first putting on a warm coat and hat. It’s absolutely freezing. You could skin a cat out there.