I use this word a lot. Especially with my kids. It is Irish slang for idiot, but is meant in an affectionate way. People tend to call you an eejit and cuff you over the ear.
Most people I know are eejits in one way or another; we ALL have our own particular eejitin’ ways. Once must embrace that part of one’s soul otherwise one becomes uptight and obnoxious.
My kids who are half Irish/French have learnt the following exchange by heart:
Me: Where’s your togs? (togs = swimsuit, might be another Irish word, tbc)
Child: I dunno
Me: Did you look for them?
Child: Like – everywhere
Me: Really? Absolutely everywhere?
Child: Gallic shrug, makes huge innocent eyes that somehow seem to rotate around the side of their head
(We both toddle off to their bedroom)
(Togs on floor beside bed / in their place in the wardrobe)
Me: Seriously? They’re right there. You didn’t look at all. This happens every time! What are ya?
Child (and everybody else in the family): I’m an EEJIT!!
(cue much giggling and me giving child in question a number of light cuffs over the head, togs sail about the place as we do our best to lose them again)