The Dictionary of Hiberno-English is the leading reference book on Hiberno-English – the form of English commonly spoken in Ireland. It connects the spoken and the written language, and is a unique national dictionary that bears witness to Irish history, struggles and the creative identities found in Ireland.
Reflecting the social, political, religious and financial changes of people’s ever-evolving lives, it contains words and expressions not usually seen in a dictionary, such as ‘kibosh’, ‘smithereens’, ‘Peggy’s Leg’, ‘hames’, ‘yoke’, ‘blaa’, ‘banjax’ and ‘lubán’. It is a celebration of an irrepressible gift for the creative, expressive and reckless manipulation of the English language!
‘Fascinating’ Ray D’Arcy
Dr Terence Patrick Dolan was Emeritus Professor of English at University College Dublin. A well-known broadcaster and guest lecturer, he published and spoke extensively on the subjects of Hiberno-English and Old and Middle English Language and Literature. He is regarded as the pre-eminent authority on Hiberno-English. He died in 2019.