Phrase

Latest post Fri, Aug 11 2017 22:52 by Kadia. 4 replies.
  • Thu, Aug 10 2017 3:24

    • Kadia
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    Phrase

    What is meant by 'nerve country '? Is it an Irish phrase?

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  • Thu, Aug 10 2017 6:53 In reply to

    • Dale D
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    Re: Phrase

    Could you give us some context for the phrase?  I am not familiar with it.  Where did you see/hear it?  How was it used? Why do you believe it might be an Irish phrase?

    Dale D

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  • Thu, Aug 10 2017 12:58 In reply to

    • Kadia
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    Re: Phrase

    Thank you Dale. I was talking with an Irish guy about history, the Caribbean's accomplishment and it's people. I'm from Jamaica, but I crave learning other people's culture, so of course I could hold the topic on other parts of the world.......until.....he said:

    That's the reason I can't deal with people from nerve countries.

     

    I believe it was meant to be an insult but I have not a clue what it means 

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  • Fri, Aug 11 2017 18:31 In reply to

    • Dale D
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    Re: Phrase

    Not sure what to tell you.  It does not sound like an Irish language term, and the only thing I can think of that is phonetically similar would not be used as a noun or adjective.  I could speculate about what he said, but it would be even less than that;  if his accent skewed your interpretation of the phonetics for the word he used, he might have meant something else instead of "nerve" and I am not sure what that would be.  Added to that, this is really a forum for discussing the Irish language (Gaeilge) and not "Hyberno-English" which is the term used to identify the way that Irish people speak the English language.  I'm sorry you don't seem to be getting an answer to your question, but then again, this probably isn't the place for it.  If anyone else wants to chime in with a guess, though, I won't stop them.

    Dale

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  • Fri, Aug 11 2017 22:52 In reply to

    • Kadia
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    Re: Phrase

    Thank you Dale. I am very appreciative of your response so far. 

    Noted on the objective of the forum.

     

    Thanks again 

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