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Broke my bollix

  • 06-02-2023 1:21am
    Registered Users Posts: 12,345 ✭✭✭✭Skerries

    am I going mad or is this not an expression for laughing really hard at something?

    the expression "I broke my bollix so hard at that joke"

    google came back with nothing or urban dictionary



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭Count Dracula

    It derives from side splitting or tits off.

    I spell it bollocks, as opposed to bollix. I would pronounce them different. Bollix is pronounce Boll eeecks, bollocks is boll ox.

    They can have different connotations. For example

    " wud ya eva get ou of me face you stupid bollocks " you woulld emphasise the ox there, if you say bolleeeks it doesn't have the same eumph or clout to it? You could get laughed at in a degrading manner by someone.

    If I thought or heard someone say something that was garbage or untrue, depending on how moronic the person waffling was, I could well retort " That's Bollocks " or " that is a total load of Bollocks, go on out of that " etc. It depends on what you are trying to infer.

    I hope that might clear it up for you a little.

    Oh yeah another one is when you get arrested or banged up and you haven't a hope of bail and you are getting bird for sure..that is plain and simple " caught by the bollocks " or " pants around me ankles and me arse in the air "

    interestingly " caught by the bolleeecks " can be a reference to a friend who seems to have vanished for a while, whereas he is actually in the early stages, or later stages even, of a relationship that he has no option over because he is mad about her..... " caught by the bolleeeks ( she has him ).

  • Registered Users Posts: 593 ✭✭✭triona1

    Yes I broke me bollix laughing is more a Dublin thing to hear,I'm from Dublin and broke me bollix laughing at this post.

  • Registered Users Posts: 436 ✭✭ottolwinner

    I’ve heard it said plenty mostly by people I know in Dublin.

    more often heard I worked my bollocks off. For giving something all you had.

    urban dictionary that and see.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,950 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

    Yeah, you'd never say "I broke me bollix" in relation to something funny. It would have to be "I broke me bollox" (or "bollocks" for Southsiders, but it's the same difference).

    And you're right about "stupid bollox", bollix would not be appropriate there. You could call someone a "little bollix", though. "C'm 'ere, ya little bollix, I'll bleedin' batter ya!". However, I'd defintly say "Don't mind that little bollox! His ma's a brasser.", so it's not a universal rule.

    "Ask me bollox!" would also be correct, as is "I will in me bollox!". "Bollix" is actually very rarely used.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,317 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

    Only Dubs ( particular kind of Dub ) can “ broke me bollix “ but anyone can “loose their bollocks “ , Sean Quinn is a case in point

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,707 ✭✭✭Bobblehats

    “She’s got balls” f**k is that. Something to be admired?

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,606 ✭✭✭✭EmmetSpiceland

    Loose or lose, M? Have only heard the latter mentioned, never the former.

    “It is not blood that makes you Irish but a willingness to be part of the Irish nation” - Thomas Davis

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,318 ✭✭✭Tork

    Loose bollocks sounds almost as painful

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,594 ✭✭✭newmember2

    Broke me bollix? means broke me bollocks...has nothing to do with laughing unless you said you broke your bollocks laughing, you could've broke your bollocks working or doing anything ffs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,693 ✭✭✭buried

    I broke me bollix at the fact Google knows nothing about the term. Especially since their European HQ is situated in an area where people are used to breaking their bollixes all the time.

    "You have disgraced yourselves again" - W. B. Yeats

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,912 ✭✭✭Dr Turk Turkelton

    I will in me bollix.

  • Registered Users Posts: 376 ✭✭Madeoface

    Never mind the Bollocks.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,606 ✭✭✭✭EmmetSpiceland

    “Broke me bollocks” would always refer to someone cracking up at something. Usually in a situation where it may not have been appropriate to laugh.

    “It is not blood that makes you Irish but a willingness to be part of the Irish nation” - Thomas Davis

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,317 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

    Also can be used in terms of hard work. And it's bollix, as in "you little bollix".

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,441 ✭✭✭standardg60

    Isn't bollix just the singular of bollox? So you'd say ya little bollix, but i broke my bollox laughing or i lost my bollox on that job.

    Or am i just full of bollox? :-)

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,317 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

  • You know what they meant no need to be a grammar nazi

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,317 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

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  • ive always found that funny too cos balls are tender and weak by comparison to the lady equivalent. 😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭Count Dracula

    @ Greg - Yes I fundamentality agree with your take on this. You are quite right about the different mannerisms and local dialect between different sides of the city. Being an erstwhile south sider I would definitely struggle with some local slang, once I get past Cadburys I actually haven't a clue where I am be honest? I basically have called the entire far Northside, once past say Cadbury's, as either Donaghmede, Coolock or Santry. I just play the southside card after that, which is a bit lazy in fairness, but unless I am going to Parnell Park or a date to the cinema in Omni, I would have no have reason to be over that far anyways. I do use the Grand in Malahide for carrying out my affairs, but I don't classify that as the city really, that is North County Dublin and always was. I do struggle with social climbing types or posh northsiders, I just don't get it at all? Why would you start climbing from the wrong side of the river? Talk about pissing into the wind?

    I find northsiders great in fairness, very helpful and a charming aptitude to strangers which is admirable. Considering they can only ever meet me in the dark and that I am an almost 15 hundred year old Vampire Lord they have shown profound bravery in their communications. They were always sound. But some of those reserved climbing types on the coast road don't know what they are at, it looks cheap all said. They would get eaten up at a dinner party in Monkstown or Sandycove, I can hear the sneering giggles and dead pan from a mile away. No one does the posh chunt better than a genuine one from the South side, it is innate and watching clowns from Sutton, Howth, or wherever they fathom is in the same region, sat there struggling with a generic accent can be excruciating. Just wasting their time and its' at total load a bollocks when you think about it? They would get more respect if they started being themselves, no one really cares where you live, except the dicks who do care?

    Just a small comment on your assertions Greg, forgive me for throwing this out there, but when dealing with adolescents as an inference I would tend to go for eeks or Bolleecks, which you are spelling Bollix, if you get me? I would associate it with the gender of my annoyance. Like I wouldn't call a teenage girl who upset things a bollocks or a bollix? More likely " stupa liiddle bitch, tramp, wagon, so and so. Which is interesting as when the female gender grows to adulthood I would be keeping the terminology, however no change in articulation? I may ramp up the nouns also, for example I would never refer to any female under say 17 years of age as a chunt or a tart, they have plenty of time to be hearing such descriptions, I wouldn't want to be spoiling it for them? Maybe that's bollix and you might call that a bit ageist or sexist, but it is just an observation that birds get a completely new vocabulary in terms of how their behavior is being perceived, whereas for blokes, they get the same vocab, but the pronunciation is changed. I think that is unique and really shows what a really great grasp of interpretation of the English language we have in Dublin. I notice when having the cupla focal with a Dub the convo can be a bit more understandable as when say talking with someone as Gaelige from say Galway, Kerry o r elsewhere. Kerry not so bad, Donegal minorly decipherable but they dovetail that with not talking to dubs anyways, but no, the worst is Mayo or Galway Irish, I haven't a phucking clue what they are on about, it is total bollocks altogether.

  • I always love when you post @Count Dracula cos it’s like reading a short story.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,317 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

  • Nah it’s not but the Mrs tells me you are by no means in the type of pain reported by men who’ve been kicked in the bollox

    I also know a fella who had a ball kicked so hard it went inside him

    never knew a woman who had her lady parts kicked inside them!

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,317 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

    Plus blue balls. Trying running the morning after being frustrated. Women have it easy.

  • You say that but once a month my entire insides aren’t the subject of biological torture

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,441 ✭✭✭standardg60

    Agree but when you get the end of some of them you do feel like you've wasted a bit of your life

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,317 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

    Blue balls happened a lot more than once a month for me!