Definition: This insult from Dublin
in Ireland means:
* Get lost!
* I disagree.
* I don't believe
Delivery: "Giddup" is said in a rising tone; "de yaard" in a falling tone. Correctly delivered, it is implacably dismissive. Usually spat in reaction to something said, it operates best
as a violent, caustic
Like many insults, it may be used cordially between
Genesis: It was used in the mid-1960s as a command
to get up the school yard
at St. Pius X National School in Templeogue, Dublin
. The school consisted of prefabricated buildings arranged around the church on College Drive before a proper school was built
and opened at Fortfield Park in 1968. During class
breaks, children playing
in the yard
were kept away from
students stood at the sides of the yard
the younger ones. When children ran across the invisible line between
the sentries, they were roared at to "Get up the yard
!" Giddy children shouted the phrase back as a taunt, and it evolved into
an all-purpose insult.
Distribution: The first graduates
of the school infiltrated secondary schools around Dublin
in 1970, carrying the formula with them. The city was rapidly overcome by the phrase.
Culprit: If proper building funds had been available from
the start, the language would
not have been enriched by this backslap; its genesis was economic. The Minister for Education responsible at the time for school-building funds was Paddy Hillery.