Of course – we don’t even know we say it!! Or – that everyone else on the planet mightn’t actually follow what we’re saying!
But it covers SO much…..
And what is it?
Its meaning in the greater world? – magnificent, imposing, important ….
No – the Irish context is a tad different…
1.Acknowledging Something –
So I’ll meet you there at 5.00pm
Lunch will be on the table in 5 minutes
2.In the Shop
Can I help you with anything?
No. I’m Grand – just having a look.
3. Ah no – you’re Grand
When someone apologises for something minor – like bumping into you by mistake in the pub. But of course if they don’t apologise – well then it’s certainly NOT grand!!
4.In the Restaurant
No- you’re Grand / That’s Grand
To waiter – meaning ‘keep the change’
5. Feck it – it’ll be Grand
Means you’ve tried to sort something or fix something but only did a half job of it!
6. That’s Grand now
It’s good enough / doesn’t need anything else done to it!
This is a NO NO when someone asks you how they look. You NEVER say ‘you’re grand‘. That’s like telling them they look fine… and we all know what that means!!
8.No I’m Grand thanks ….
If someone offers you another drink etc. but you’ve had enough.
9. Grand. Thanks
Finishing off a phone call to the Pizza delivery or a query line etc!
10. Sure you’ll be Grand
When someone’s upset/stressed about something….
So you see – GRAND – in the Irish context, really means anything BUT grand!!