Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Phrases and Terminology

Sometimes the GAA might be a bit confusing for beginnners (and some long term players as well!) so we thought it might be handy to have a list of the most used GAA phrases and terminologiesto help everyone along and keep them up to speed on the game.  Some of them are not for the faint of hearted.

Essential Terms for players, managers, coaches, Mums, Dads, general relatives and family and of course spectators of the GAA

Bollix: – The Referee

Mighty :- Very good

Hames :- A right shite, e.g. ‘He made a hames of that chance’

Timber: – Intimidation of a hurling opponent, e.g. ‘Show him some timber’

Lamp :- A good  thump, e.g. ‘I swung for the sliotar (goal), missed by 3 feet and lamped the full back’

A Crowd :- A gathering of  people who watch a match and hope for random acts of violence, e.g. Waterford supporters

Schkelp: – To remove living tissue in the absence of surgical procedures,e.g. ‘That shite from Tipperary took a schkelp outta me leg’

Hatchet Man :- Mountainy type, uses hunter/gatherer instincts

Bullin’: – Angry, e.g. ‘The centre half was bullin’ after I lamped him’

Bull Thick: – Very angry, e.g. ‘The centre half was bull thick after I Iamped him again’

Joult: – A push, e.g. ‘I  gave him a joult and he has to wear a neck brace for 2 weeks’

The Comm-A-Teee: – Local GAA bullshitters in general

Bushted :- An undefined soreness, e.g. ‘Jayz me arm is bushted’

The Bomber :-  Popular name for a fat hairy GAA player who shouts and sings alot.

A Hang Sangwidge :- Consumed with ‘tay’ on the sides of roads after matches in Pairc Ui Chaoimh or Thurles, usually contains half  a pound of butter

Rake: – A great amount of  anything, usually pints of Guinness the night before an important match

Indanamajaysus (in-da-nama-Jaysus): – What was that for referee?

Ya Bollix Ya :- Corner back’s formal recognition of a score by his opponent

Leh-It-In-Ta-Fuck-Wud-Ya :- Full forwards appeal to a midfielder for a more timely delivery of the pass

Mullocker: – Untidy or awkward player released for matches

Burst The Bollix :- Instructions from the sideline to tackle your man

Row :- Disagreement  involving four or more players

Shamozzle: – Disagreement involving both teams, including goalies, substitutes and  supporters jumping fences

All-Hell-Broke-Loose :- A massive row that continues out in the parking area or dressing room areas, usually resolved by the Gardai (Police) … very popular in Wicklow

Big thanks to Seamus Whooley who runs a golf in Spain travel agency for the cool list.

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