Thursday, February 03, 2005


The use of the word "smashing" to describe something in a positive light - as used extensively in Wallace and Gromit films - comes from the Irish phrase "Is maith sin", meaning "That's good". It's thought to have crossed over in to the English language with Irish emigration to London in the early 19th century.

(And of course everyone knows that in the Aboriginal language the word "kangaroo" means "I don't know", right?)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds right - it would be pronounced "ish MA shin."