One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A statement which is manifestly self-contradictory or inconsistent.
2A characteristically Irish word, phrase, or idiom. Also occasionally more generally: a characteristically Irish belief, attitude, or trait.
3Chiefly depreciative. The fact or quality of being Irish; Irishness.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Edward Ward (1667–1731), satirist. From Irish + -ism.
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