1. Exquisite Tweets from @IrishTimes, @SophiaGrene, @djmgaffneyw4, @alanbeattie, @t0nyyates, @SamuelMarcLowe, @Hippoclides, @jockhigh, @SteveMcGookin

    PreoccupationsCollected by Preoccupations

    'I felt the blood rushing up through my chest and into my head as my eyes flashed and stung. Mate. It’s not the insolence or the cheerless familiarity of it, so much as the hint of laddish menace.'

    irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/…

    Reply Retweet Like

    IrishTimes

    The Irish Times

  2. This is savage.

    The Irish Times @
    'I felt the blood rushing up through my chest and into my head as my eyes flashed and stung. Mate. It’s not the insolence or the cheerless familiarity of it, so much as the hint of laddish menace.'

    irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/…

    Reply Retweet Like

    SophiaGrene

    Sophia Grene

  3. Tentative but genuine qu: does “mate” normally have those negative connotations in Ireland? I offended any Irish customer in the pub I used to work in if so.

    Reply Retweet Like

    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  4. No, it’s the tone and context. I don’t think it’s used much in Ireland.

    Reply Retweet Like

    SophiaGrene

    Sophia Grene

  5. Protected tweet: 954690685936066560
    You might be able to see it if you sign in with Twitter.

  6. Missing tweet: 954691399567454208

  7. Gotcha. It’s much friendlier in the north of England. Then again, so is everything.

    Reply Retweet Like

    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  8. Been trying to think of equivalent- term that can be friendly or menacing depending on context. In Dublin, 'friend' or 'pal' always menacing in my experience.

    Reply Retweet Like

    djmgaffneyw4

    Declan Gaffney

  9. Missing tweet: 954696152166928384

  10. Tone is all but local equivalent “pal” has some tinge of passive aggression that Irish ears can hear in “mate”.

    Reply Retweet Like

    Hippoclides

    Michael O'Sullivan

  11. Do people really say that? It has a rather specific meaning in Irish.

    Reply Retweet Like

    djmgaffneyw4

    Declan Gaffney

  12. Missing tweet: 954698590689079298

  13. 'Head' was usually friendly iirc. 'Pal' definitely not the harbinger of a beautiful friendship in my day....

    Reply Retweet Like

    djmgaffneyw4

    Declan Gaffney

  14. If I heard “friend” or “pal” in England I’d also sense some menace. “Pal” more neutral in Scotland, but that’s just my impression. “Squire” is surely due a revival.

    Reply Retweet Like

    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  15. Missing tweet: 954705824068325377

  16. Missing tweet: 954706021020262400

  17. True but I’ve never heard mate/friend/pal addressed to a woman. “Love” is universal (also woman to woman, and woman to man) where I’m from.

    Reply Retweet Like

    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  18. Being called "pal" in Glasgow may not be hostile, but it provokes hostility from me. How presumptuous!

    Reply Retweet Like

    jockhigh

    Jock High

  19. I've heard about this but never encountered it. Why hasn't it taken over across the nation?

    Reply Retweet Like

    djmgaffneyw4

    Declan Gaffney

  20. Because no-one ever listens to northerners. We are oppressed and ignored.

    Reply Retweet Like

    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  21. Well yes there is that, it seems history is to blame etc. but that's no reason not to steal your better ideas. I believe your tea is quite popular in some of the less oppressed regions for example.

    Reply Retweet Like

    djmgaffneyw4

    Declan Gaffney

  22. Perhaps the real question is are there any friendly terms that can't be used to express menace depending on context & intention? I find it hard to imagine anyone using 'chuck' in a threatening manner for example, but who knows?

    Reply Retweet Like

    djmgaffneyw4

    Declan Gaffney

  23. I’d like to see the West Country “my lover” (including men to men) being given a trial at national level.

    Reply Retweet Like

    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  24. Strongly support this. Randomisation would be a challenge but well worth it whatever it takes.

    Reply Retweet Like

    djmgaffneyw4

    Declan Gaffney

  25. Missing tweet: 954712269232930818

  26. The Greek 'malaka' is pretty arresting, ['yassoo rey malaka!' [sic]] although it doesn't really work in translation.

    Reply Retweet Like

    t0nyyates

    Tony Yates

  27. As used by Brutus in Julius Caesar in the speech before Mark Antony's : 'Romans, countrymen & lovers....'

    Reply Retweet Like

    djmgaffneyw4

    Declan Gaffney