"Mind you," says the Kerry Sister, "We couldn't help but notice that most of the best words had the same meaning."
"Is that so?" says I. "And what would that have been then?"
"Oh," says she. "Most of them had a definition of 'A foolish, awkward fellow. A bit of a lout."
Well, it's said that the Inuit people have many, many words for 'snow', and Ulster-Scots appear to have many, many words for 'fool'. I wonder if this has any significance?
I thought I'd do a little research during the ad breaks of 'Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' and, advised by Bert, started with 'G'. It proved a rich seam.
Gaum - a fool, a simpletonGomach - a dupe, a gullible personGowk - stupid person, idioticGornical - odd looking, dim-witted personGype - a clumsy awkward personGalumpus - a stupid personGazeby - queer looking, a tall awkward personGaberloon - a stupid awkward fellowGah - a silly personGumph - a stupid personGulpin - thick-witted stubborn personGlipe - an uncouth fellowGloit - a blockhead, an awkward fellow, a boorGludgeon - a clumsy awkward personGlunter - a big awkward personGorgie - a foolish person, a clumsy silly personGowtril - good for nothing, a loutGunshion - thick-witted personGorkin - a big stupid person
My father would have regularly used 'gornical', 'gype' and 'gulpin'. 'Gornical' and 'gulpin' were terms of derision but I'm sure I remember him using 'gype' as an expression of endearment. Maybe I misunderstood him. I've heard Bert use 'gaum', 'gowk' and 'glunter'. He would usually be speaking of Clint.