A more Protestant looking Slugger?

CyberScribe thanks us for getting the look of the site back to some more like its old self. He also wants to know if a ‘protestant looking’ is an old term used exclusively in protestant communities – in his mother’s case on the Shankill Road.

  • Brendan

    “Protestant looking”???? As in “How do you know E.T is a Protestant? He looks like one”

  • slug

    I have a very good cleaner who comes in and empties the bins, cleans the bathroom, does the dishes etc. That is the only reason my flat looks clean. And me a protestant.

  • SlugFest

    Now i’m just a blow-in, so i can’t really speak on this subject. then again, that’s never stopped me before, so here goes:

    A dear friend of mine (American; Scotch-Irish Protestant background + other stuff)will soon be saying “I do’ with a Dubliner … when they were first dating, he pointed out to her that she had ‘Protestant legs’ — apparently, Protestant women are leggy, while Catholic women have short, squatty legs.

    Now before any women get mad at me for saying this, please note that Mick started this blog, not me. I’m merely posting here to avoid doing work. Besides, I’m from Catholic stock, and i’ve got the legs to prove it. 🙂

  • Adrian

    Does he mean, eyes too close together like? Nah, we use that on the Falls too.

    (Joke … sort of)

  • finn69

    in my day in south donegal a botched bit of work was referred to as either a Protestent job or farmers job ie done on the cheap as neither community was known to spend money on doing a job properly

  • Brian Boru

    Yes, Slugger is Protestant looking. In the best Calvinist traditions it isn’t covered in images or colours. Free from idolatry…Well done 🙂

  • elvis parker

    I think it is a phrase that has died out in NI but is still widely used down South – and not exclusively by any religion. Basically it means are very (overly?) ordered and tidy.
    (I think finn69 moved in strange circles in Sth Donegal)

  • TOT

    spot on elvis, overly orderly reminiscint (sic) of housewives in their sunday best sweeping up even random biscuit droppings with a fervour.

  • “is still widely used down South”‘

    I have to admit, i’ve never once heard it used down South.

  • Ciarán Irvine

    It’s still common in north Donegal in the “excessively neat and ordered” sense…

  • “Now that’s a bit more Protestant looking”, was what my ageing Protestant aunt’s Catholic neighbour would always say with a twinkle in his eye after he’d tidied up her garden a bit. Smiles all round. BU.

  • George

    Raised in Dublin and never heard of it until today. But then again Donegal is virtually an associate member of the Irish Republic.

  • fair_deal

    Its use is still alive and well in the Coleraine area

  • Concerned Loyalist

    One hot summer’s day whilst working in a filling station when I was 15/16, I was serving a friend of mine ice-cream. As a friend he reaped the benefits of an extra scoop than normally given, and declared,
    “That’s a bit more Protestant lookin’ than the watery wee scoop you normally get in here!”.

    In the part-time job I am currently employed whilst studying at university, the canteen area looked like a bomb hit it on one particular occasion. A workmate and myself left it looking spick and span and our manager declared,
    “That’s a bit more Protestant lookin’ now lads”.

    It’s basically a tongue-in-cheek compliment or another way of saying something is looking well, or better than it used to look. As for it being used solely in Protestant areas, I could not say for sure either way…

  • piebald

    still used in Monaghan as a playful term in relation to cleanliness , tidyness of garden etc

  • Brendan

    Is it not some reference to the fact that Protestants, having all the jobs and consequently all the money, could afford to buy cleaning products???????? ;-P

  • My granny used it often after tidying up the house or garden- she was always doing this so maybe she was a secret protestant 😉

    Makes you wonder why a catholic country was chosen for one bit of body preening, shouldn’t it be that ‘my girlfriend has just had a Scandanavian’ 😉

  • finn69

    elvis i bow to your obvious better knowledge of my childhood than my own

  • james orr

    An Ulsterman who lived in France for about 10yrs told me that around Marseille they used “catholic looking” in the same context.

    But then again after St Bartholomews Day protestants are now thin on the ground in France eh?

  • Brian Boru

    “But then again after St Bartholomews Day protestants are now thin on the ground in France eh? ”

    Well there are around 1 million of them. Horrible event but not unlike what was happening to Catholics elsewhere in Europe. Like in a certain country. Ahem.

  • Mick Fealty

    And we were doing so well…

  • …yea Mick my eyes are starting to move closer together .. 🙂

  • Concerned Loyalist

    Brian Boru,

    Cheers for playing your sectarian card just when the topic was becoming interesting- there’s plenty of room on SF/IRA and Danny Morrison’s forums for that…

  • Nathan

    Some Irish historians (the Trinity-educated sort) rely upon this phrase quite alot actually, because it succinctly describes certain periods in 19th century Ireland e.g. the post-Great Hunger era when a Reform Programme was instituted by the Catholic Hierarchy under Cardinal Cullen to make it more “Protestant-looking”.

    As mentioned above, it is a user-friendly phrase that fuels a certain perception of Protestants i.e one of organisation, cleaniness and tidiness.

  • George

    Bringing a packed lunch and flask for the family on a day out rather than going for chips and sausages in the local pub would be described as Protestant maybe.

    I have heard Protestant skin, slightly more sallow. But maybe that’s just in Dublin. The northern lot look awfully pale rather than Pale.