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Nothing weird about irish attempting to claim kinship/connection with someone/something on spurious or tenuous grounds.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.
That doesn't explain why it corresponds to something being "great" or "excellent", something an Irish or Scots Gaelic etymology does.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.
The last one is a very good one.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.