Culture & Language
The Irish are famous for their "Irish blessings".
They're short phrases used in toasts, when meeting people, before a trip, or generally to wish someone good luck at any time. Many of these are lines taken from poems, and repeated generation after generation, but always given with a genuine affection.
GRAMMAR NOTE: Expressing good wishes in a formal manner Use the formula MAY + subject + verb + other words e.g. May you have a good trip! May all your wishes come true!
Here are a few traditional ones:
“May you always have walls for the winds, tea beside the fire, and all your heart might desire!”
“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night,”
“May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.”
PUZZLE: Can you untangle this one?
hold / be /all / home /always /your / to/ friends /too / may / your / small