What do you call an insane egg?

5 October 2005

Welcome to part two of Irish expressions taking over the world[1]

Today’s term is yoke. As in an egg yoke. Or that thing that connects two draft horses (or various other draft animals) pulling whatever it is they pull

But that is not the usual Irish meaning. Oh no. When we say yoke we can mean anything at all.

Yoke [2]
Thing/object, usually substituted for ‘yoke’ when one can’t think of the name of the object. “Pass me that yoke” – “Pass me that thing”.
Person, somewhat derogatory. “He’s an awful yoke” – “He’s an awful person”. The most common phrase used in personal description with the word ‘yoke’ is describing someone who engages in erratic or crazy behaviour. That person is then described as “a mad yoke”.
Ecstacy. Pills of the drug ecstasy or ‘e’ are referred to as ‘yokes’. A frequent phrase heard in a club in Ireland would be “got any yokes?” – “do you have any ecstasy?”

So yoke is a word that means thing, or person, or drug. Very handy don’t you think?

The Gift Grub version of Colin Farrell is particularly fond of saying yoke. And he asked the very same question that I’ve titled this post. The answer being *drumroll* A mad yoke

If you don’t find this funny you aren’t Irish.


  1. – I know, you thought I wasn’t going to post at all today didn’t you? But you were wrong.
  2. Wikipedia

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7 Responses

  1. NineMoons says:

    The yellow part of an egg is spelt Y-O-L-K. And you with a degree in English. Shocking.

  2. Anne says:

    I kind of found it funny.
    Oh, come on, who am I kidding. ;)

  3. Fence says:

    I know NM, but they are pronounced exactly the same way so it fits see.

    Anne, we now have proof you aren't Irish :)

  4. Anne says:

    You needed proof?? ;)

  5. Carl V. says:

    Very funny, ha,ha!!! Now pass me a Guinness! :lol:

  6. Fence says:

    Not so much needed Anne, its just nice to have additional info :)

    Carl, the pint is in the post. Honest.

  7. Carl V. says:

    I'll be waiting next to my mailbox with a plate of fish and chips.