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The word 'gobshite' has appeared in the New York Times for the first time

By Sarah Finnan

June 23, 2020 at 3:57pm


The New York Times has published the word 'gobshite' for the first time, thanks to an excerpt taken from Roddy Doyle's new novel.

I've learned many new things today - one being that there's a Twitter bot that tracks when the New York Times publishes a word for the first time in its history. Brought to my attention by way of Irish funnyman Dara O'Briain, it seems that 'gobshite' is amongst the new words featured today. Sometimes, something so Irish happens that you can't help but stop and laugh. This is one of those times.

In O'Brian's words:

"What a day for Ireland! The word ‘Gobshite’ has made its debut in the New York Times. ‘Geebag’ must surely be next."

Great day for the parish.

Obviously a fellow Irishman is to credit, with the word appearing thanks to an excerpt taken from Roddy Doyle's new novel Love. Including a short piece from the book, the chosen extract includes the line:

"A gobshite, by the way."

Exploring the nature of love and its myriad of forms, the new Doyle masterpiece tells the story of two 50-something men who have known each other since childhood. Reconnecting in Dublin for a "dramatic evening of drinking and storytelling", two pints turns to three, then five, and soon the men are reminiscing on old times.

Sounds about right... that pretty much describes any Irish catch up with a friend ever.

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