Usually applied to Irish-Americans who display excessive degrees of enthusiasm in
*institutions dominated by other A.B.I.
*the influences other A.B.I. have had in American culture. .
In the tradition of the AZN and Italian-American Guidos, A.B.I. are definitely an Americanized social identity, but can still be considered “Irish” when compared to the rest of America. The working-class neighborhoods of Boston are probably the most renowned A.B.I. strongholds, but similar types of A.B.I. can be found throughout the United States.
They are stereotyped (truthfully, a lot of the time, ) as:
1) ignorant of Ireland’s actual history
7) IRA supporters
8) Cops (or, ironically, resentful of cops)
Citizen of Ireland: You aren’t Irish.
A.B.I.: You’re right, I’m better. I’m Irish-American.
Citizen of Ireland: No, you’re just American.
A.B.I.: No, I’m better. I’m Irish-American.
Citizen of Ireland: Are you retarded? You’re not an Irish! You’re just an American poser!
A.B.I.: You’re not Irish!!! (breakis a bottle over the Irish citizen’s head, and runs away crying)