By: Kelly Schmitz

Cincinnati Irish Website Additional Contribution 1 PhotoSlagging is a term used to describe a kind of harsher form of teasing.  While this may seem like an insult to some, to the Irish, it’s considered a behavior that shows affection or bonding, and, in some cases, is even used as a compliment.  You might consider pointing out how much weight your friend has gained or take a poke at their short stature, for example.  At this point, you, like me, might be thinking, “Gosh, I tease my friends all the time?  What does any of this have to do with being Irish?”  This difference lies in that unlike in America, slagging isn’t just used to playfully make fun of the other person, it’s used as a form of positive reinforcement.  To the Irish, slagging is just a bit of “craic”, a term the Irish use to describe fun, entertainment and enjoyable conversation, and no harm is meant by what is said.  In a workplace setting for example, a boss will tell his employee how great they’re doing.  Not the case in Ireland, where that same boss would be more likely to tell his employee that he finally got off his lazy arse.  It’s the difference between distributing straight up compliments and hiding them in the humorous lingo.  Such harsh words, it seems, but is this behavior particularly unique to the Irish?  To answer this question, I decided to delve deeper and ask a couple of my close friends for input. Continue reading