One more Irish idiom31 May, 2011
Source: shop assistants, hoteliers, waitresses and other helpful people you may encounter on a weekend in, say, County Clare.
It is up to you, depending on the context, to figure out whether this means:
“What would you like to order?”
“Can I help you?”
“Please enter your PIN.”
“There’s your change…”
“… and your receipt.”
“Here is your hot drink.”
“Here are the keys to your room even though we don’t know your name and you haven’t paid us a cent.”
“Now” punctuates these interactions, demanding your attention, presumably to ensure you don’t wander off halfway through. In extreme cases, it may be the only word spoken throughout the entire transaction. Once you notice this, you can’t stop noticing.