RARA-AVIS: Irish (and a touch of British) questions

From: DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net
Date: 08 Oct 2006

I'm reading Ken Bruen's The Priest. Got a question:

The psychiatrist in the madhouse wore "a Claddagh ring on her wedding finger, heart turned in." I kinda know what a Claddagh ring is, but what's the significance of its being turned in?

I also picked up Bruen's new one, American Skin. It opens with a short glossary of Irish slang. I haven't read it yet, but given that it's set on this side of the pond, I'm guessing there's also a fair amount of US slang. Does the UK edition open with a glossary of US slang?

I watched the unrated director's cut of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels last night. During the end credits is featured the full treatment of one of the jokes told earlier, but not in their entirety. It's a story about a little person who puts springs on his hands and feet before screwing a whore. Turns out it's the best she's ever had, asks what he calls it: The Four Spring Dwarf Technique. I must admit I don't get it. Is it playing off some sort of East End London slang I don't know or am I just oblivious?


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