Do they call it Irish or Gaelic these days or is either term correct?
I remember taking a ferry from Wales to Dun Laoghaire and being all "flippin' heck how do I pronounce that?" but it was easy - Dunleary. The Irish spelling always looks so daunting. I was even more confused to find out I wasn't in Dublin, which is where I thought we were landing.
The only bit o' Irish I know comes from The Pogues - Pogue Mahone -kiss me arse. (I'm having a great big delicious beer right now, tis not Irish though but I did buy a green bagel today.)
Well if you're in Ireland you could say either Irish or Gaelic, but Gaelic itself could mean Irish, Scottish or Welsh native languages.
I can remember going to a girls birthday party and writing out "Happy Birthday Neeve". I was then told her name was spelt Niamh!
Another time I was trying to read the words on a brown paper bag we got from the bakery. It was in a old timey font and I read it as "gaga mills". My mother fell about laughing and told me it was Caca milis (cawcaw milish) meaning cake.
There's a very funny advert for carlsberg that uses Irish
At the end he says ciunas bothar cailin baine, which translates to "quiet road" (he's telling the road to be quiet) girl milk!