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GDPR

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There are many, many, many, now in common and widespread usage.
I'd like to start a complete list.

"Fair play to you, "Fair play"
 

Riadach

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Giving out to someone.
 

Central Scrutinizer

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I heard once that the Irish phrase 'Is maith sín' is how the English 'Smashing!' came about. Seems weird that such a quintessentially English phrase should originate from this part of the globe.
 

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I heard once that the Irish phrase 'Is maith sín' is how the English 'Smashing!' came about. Seems weird that such a quintessentially English phrase should originate from this part of the globe.
Nothing weird about irish attempting to claim kinship/connection with someone/something on spurious or tenuous grounds.
Smashing is the gerund of the verb to smash ie Cromwell smashed the irish.
 

Riadach

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Nothing weird about irish attempting to claim kinship/connection with someone/something on spurious or tenuous grounds.
Smashing is the gerund of the verb to smash ie Cromwell smashed the irish.
That doesn't explain why it corresponds to something being "great" or "excellent", something an Irish or Scots Gaelic etymology does.

I think philology might be beyond you.
 
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Some loanwords:

balbriggan, banshee, blarney, bog, bonnyclabbe, brogue, colcannon, curragh, donnybrook, drumlin, dulse, Eire, Fenian, Gael, galore, hooligan, leprechaun, lough, machree, mavourneen, ogham, poteen, shamrock, shillelagh, smithereens, tanistry, Tory, whiskey.

The second last is a good one.
 

Riadach

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Some loanwords:

balbriggan, banshee, blarney, bog, bonnyclabbe, brogue, colcannon, curragh, donnybrook, drumlin, dulse, Eire, Fenian, Gael, galore, hooligan, leprechaun, lough, machree, mavourneen, ogham, poteen, shamrock, shillelagh, smithereens, tanistry, Tory, whiskey.

The second last is a good one.
The last one is a very good one.
 
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