Eejit? I’m often asked by those outside of Ireland and Scotland what eejit means. Most online definitions are a bit basic, but I think the following gives a true feel of the full meaning of the word.

an ‘eejit’ is an Irish/Scottish term for an idiot or a fool, but more often it’s used in an affectionate (yet still mocking!) manner. There is also an element of sympathy; eejitry is forgivable idiocy. It is often used in a self deprecating way. “I was a bit of an eejit there wasn’t I?”

It doesn’t connote mental retardation – idiot can – instead signalling foolish behaviour, be it chronic or occasional. Eejit is softer than idiot, and is not generally used hurtfully but to gently criticise someone the speaker knows and may well hold in affection.