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30th Dec 2018

Dubliners Are Very Angry At BBC Show ‘QI’ And What They Said About This ‘Dublin Slang Word’

Darragh Berry

It’s coming up to the end of the year and one of the biggest stories that dominated not only Ireland but that became a big talking point on the world stage was Ballybrack and a man called Fernando.

Basically, Dublin soccer club said that one of their players, Fernando Nuno La-Fuante had passed away in order to get out of playing a game.

Of course, it became apparent that the player in question had not passed away and rather was alive and well in Galway.

Well, the popular BBC TV show, QI has said that their word of the day is ‘Ballybrack’.

They said that the term “BALLYBRACK (Irish slang)” means “to fake the death of an obscure relative or acquaintance to avoid an engagement.

“The term was coined after Ballybrack FC falsely claimed one of their players had died to avoid a match.”

Dubliners were very angry about this though, saying that the word was not Irish slang and that nobody said it in Ireland:

“Literally no one in Ireland says this! Although the events described did happen recently. Not Irish slang!”

“This incident happened a just a month ago 5km from where I live. It’s a funny story that spawned a hundred memes but is very definitely not a saying.”

“This is not accurate QI. Ballybrack is not a slang word, it is a suburb in Dublin. The fake death incident did happen, but Ballybrack was there way before all that messing.”

“This word is not irish slang nor has it ever been used to describe its alleged meaning. The incident is true but it only happened a couple of months ago. the team even had a minute silence before the match. This makes me wonder even more about that iceland word from yesterday.”

“This happened about a month ago. A phrase that can develop, become widely used and spread country-wide in a month? Yeah, that’s how slang works. Wait, are you this lax in your other fact-checking.”