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n. 1. A regional accent or dialect of English, especially an Irish one

“She spoke with such a heavy brogue it was difficult to understand her.”


In Case You’re Interested (and really, why else would you be here?)…

The origin is uncertain.

It might be from Irish bróg, the type of shoe traditionally worn by the Irish and by Scottish highlanders, in which case it would be ‘the way those people over there speak.’ ‘Over where?’ ‘You know, the people who wear those brógs…’

Or it might be from barrog, ‘a hold,’ as in a hold on the tongue, meaning a speech impediment or accent.

The Irish pronunciation of English is today often considered a pleasant sound, something charming, not to mention an important aspect of Ireland’s national heritage. However, there was a time between the 17th to 19th centuries when it was frowned upon in Britain, or even suppressed. The attitude was that nonstandard pronunciation should be normalized, or to put it another way, “if it ain’t brogue, don’t fix it.”


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