January 15, 2006
Gaming Belfast's Patriot Game
By FRANCIS X. CLINES - New York Times
The Irish have a word for it - gobsmacked - that properly describes the astonishment of Representative Peter King and other Irish-Americans at the news that Denis Donaldson, long a trusted leader in Ireland's rebel movement, has been spying for Britain for decades.
The IRISH have a word for it?
Well - hell no!
The English have that word. Yup. It's a True Brit word.
Gobsmacked gestated either in Scotland or the North Of England, was popularized in Liverpool, hit the big time in London and then - later - crossed over to Northern Ireland.
It is not and was not, however, ever an 'Irish' word....
Tsk.... tsk... and the New York Times was doing so well today with the LA Phil article....