THE IRISH lack self-esteem despite a veneer of “garrulous sociability and self-deprecating twaddle”, according to the latest edition of the Lonely Planet which has just been published
The best-selling guide book says Irish people’s reputation for having an “easygoing, affable nature is justified”, but our reputation for friendliness is mostly a manifestation of our desire to chat – and our lack of self-esteem is our “dark secret”.
And it doesn’t end there:
Larne: ‘lacking in the charm department’
Letterkenny: ‘ruined by the excesses of the Celtic Tiger era’
Galway: “a very rainy city, even by Irish standards”
Derry: ‘not pretty”
Cork: “everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork”.
The ancient Japanese art of shazai: the expression of remorse via bowing. OK, a semi tongue-in-cheek video by Japan Culture Lab, but still.
Our favourite is ‘Dogeza’: to be used when one is ‘caught red-handed in an orgy of evil‘.